The Waterfron is closer to the CBD and is pretty safe, especially during the day, and will have more accommodation. It will be easier than Camps Bay to get places if you have no car. I lived in Camps Bay - it is a trendy up-market suburb 10 minutes from the CBD with a great beach. There is a good beach and lots of (overpriced) coctail bars on the beach.
If you stay in Camps Bay find a place close to the beach (and transport) as the suburb rests on some pretty steep slopes as you move up towards Table Mountain. Camps Bay can also get very windy in the afternoons!
I'd look at the waterfront or even Sea Point.
I personally think that Camps Bay is far more spectacular than the waterfront, and I like the beach and mountain feel more than the Waterfront's urban/shopping feel, but having said that there is fantastic accommodation in both locations, and both are very popular and very beautiful.
Camps Bay & V&A are both convenient to most of the tourist destinations, so a short cab ride will get you where you need to be in both cases.
Like boet said, if you do opt for Camps Bay I would go for something within walking distance of the beach, as that will seriously negate the need for a car. If you end up high on the hill a car would be essential.
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Why do you think you would not be safe in Camps Bay?
I live ten minutes away having moved here seven years ago from the UK. IMO it is a very safe area with very much less tourist related crime than seaside towns like Brighton or Blackpool in the UK.
Of course if you have personal experience of problems in Camps Bay during your stay here please post information in this forum. Everybody needs to be aware of real facts.
i am making the recommendation based on the fact that we are talking about a woman on her own. did you read the atlantic sun last week - camps bay residents are concerned about the vagrancy and begging on the camps bay strip, the loitering outside the codfather is not particularly pleasant - a woman sleeping with her child in the restaurant entrance after 11pm. Camps Bay is certainly safe but I wouldn't walk through the Glen or on the beach at night alone. Don't get me wrong, I love Cape Town but it is not utopia.
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