Cape Town hotels
You may not find Cape Town as cheap as it once wasdamn the exchange rate. So if the city's five-star hotels are a bit dear, consider the so-called "guest houses." Combination B&B and private home, many are quite stylish and have spectacular views; plus, guests get personal attention and advice on everything from where to eat to which beach to visit. Good bets are the Portfolio Collection, which lists guest houses, apartments, villas, and B&Bs (27-21-689-4020; www.portfoliocollection.com). For complete privacy, book a beach house from DG Rentals; a three-bedroom home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean starts at $500 per day (27-21-439-7549; www.capetown365.com).