Hout Bay

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Hout Bay
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Hout Bay beach
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Hout Bay (in English, it means 'Wood Bay') is a picturesque resort and fishing port that lies 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of the city of Cape Town. Surrounded by magnificent mountains on all but one side, Hout Bay backs onto the famous Table Mountain National Park to the north and majestic Chapman’s Peak range to the south. The dramatic Sentinel watches over proceeding to the west and protects town and harbour from harsh north-westerly winds in winter months. The bay opens out to the heaving Atlantic Ocean between the Sentinel and Chapman’s Peak.

The beach itself at Hout Bay is a flat, white sand stretch running about a kilometre from Chapman's Peak Drive (M6) in the east to the fishing boat harbour in the west. The promenade overlooking the beach provides plenty of convenient parking, while Dunes Beach Restaurant and Bar serves meals at the end of the beach promenade. The beach itself ranges between 50 - 100 metres wide and is flat rather than sloping. This makes it safe, and is possible to walk far out into the surf, thanks to the shallow waters around Hout Bay’s shoreline.

Four lifesavers keep watch in either direction along this long stretch of beach. Vendors ply their trade too, renting out beach chairs and selling refreshments. Swimming, sunbathing, surfing and strolling are among the popular pursuits, while various ball games keep the youth engaged. Volleyball, tag rugby, cricket and beach soccer play out in designated areas. Kayaking and kite flying are popular too.

When you have had enough sun, surf and sea, why not unwind further by strolling into scenic Hout Bay village and fishing harbour. This charming coastal town with its photogenic fishing wharfs and restaurants, makes a fascinating place to spend a morning or afternoon. The Bay Harbour Market swings into action every weekend with more than 100 stalls offering tasty foods as well as a fine selection of arts and crafts to browse through. Try to leave time for a visit to the impressive World of Birds on the way out of Hout Bay. The drive into town along the beautiful M6 coastal road is equally as good as the alternative route along amazing Chapman’s Peak Drive.

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Hout Bay Weather Info

5 Day Hout Bay UV Index

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Hout Bay tide times & sea state

Fri 17/01 »

Surf report for Fri 17/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 25mph
11:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 29mph
17:00 10ft 8s  °  ° 31mph
Tide times
Low 2:03am (0.61m)
High 8:28am (1.62m)
Low 3:06pm (0.64m)
High 9:06pm (1.40m)
Daylight
First light05:23
Sunrise05:51
Sunset20:00
Dark20:29

Sat 18/01 »

Surf report for Sat 18/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 11ft 8s  °  ° 35mph
11:00 11ft 8s  °  ° 35mph
17:00 11ft 7s  °  ° 37mph
Tide times
Low 3:15am (0.70m)
High 9:40am (1.56m)
Low 4:27pm (0.66m)
High 10:30pm (1.36m)
Daylight
First light05:24
Sunrise05:52
Sunset20:00
Dark20:28

Sun 19/01 »

Surf report for Sun 19/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 8s  °  ° 29mph
11:00 10ft 9s  °  ° 27mph
17:00 12ft 9s  °  ° 38mph
Tide times
Low 4:39am (0.74m)
High 11:00am (1.53m)
Low 5:45pm (0.64m)
High 11:54pm (1.39m)
Daylight
First light05:25
Sunrise05:53
Sunset20:00
Dark20:28

Mon 20/01 »

Surf report for Mon 20/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 12ft 9s  °  ° 36mph
11:00 11ft 9s  °  ° 34mph
17:00 11ft 9s  °  ° 38mph
Tide times
Low 5:59am (0.72m)
High 12:13pm (1.56m)
Low 6:50pm (0.59m)
Daylight
First light05:26
Sunrise05:54
Sunset19:59
Dark20:27

Tue 21/01 »

Surf report for Tue 21/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 11ft 10s  °  ° 36mph
11:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 30mph
17:00 10ft 10s  °  ° 32mph
Tide times
High 1:00am (1.47m)
Low 7:04am (0.67m)
High 1:14pm (1.60m)
Low 7:42pm (0.53m)
Daylight
First light05:27
Sunrise05:55
Sunset19:59
Dark20:27

Wed 22/01 »

Surf report for Wed 22/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 29mph
11:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 26mph
17:00 10ft 11s  °  ° 35mph
Tide times
High 1:52am (1.55m)
Low 7:57am (0.61m)
High 2:02pm (1.64m)
Low 8:25pm (0.47m)
Daylight
First light05:28
Sunrise05:56
Sunset19:59
Dark20:26

Today's weather

Clear sky

22 °C
(71 °F)

Strong breeze, 42.1 km/h from SSE

Sea temperature

19.1°C / 66.3°F

Rating

Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

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