Cape Town has a plethora of accommodation options, from cheap and cheerful hostels to quaint guesthouses and upscale hotels. Many are situated in the City Bowl area, along the Atlantic Seaboard and at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offering easy access to sightseeing attractions. There are also good options throughout the Southern Suburbs and on the Cape Peninsula which offer more of a rural retreat, although you may need a car to get around.
Self-catering is also a popular option in Cape Town, especially for families, and apartments range from the last word in luxury in suburbs such as Camps Bay and Clifton to economical holiday flats and cottages in the False Bay resorts.
In summer (December-February), the city is jam-packed with tourists and film crews, so rooms are scarce. Book in advance if you're visiting at that time—especially over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Other peak periods coincide with other school holidays, especially Easter. Foreign travelers tend to favor the late summer and early autumn months, when the weather is temperate and the crowds have dissipated somewhat. Accommodations are more readily available (and cheaper) during the autumn and winter months (June-August), often promoted as the "secret season."
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