Strand is mostly known for the fact that it has one of the best swimming beaches in South Africa and it is very popular under locals and tourists alike. However, this bustling little town has a lot more to offer than merely a safe dip in the ocean.
Strand is situated on the eastern edge of False Bay and is approximately 50 km southeast of Cape Town via the N2. It is only 32 km from Cape Town International Airport.
This little seaside town was founded in 1714 and originally known as Mosterd Bay. It had always been a fishing and holiday resort. The historians have written that fishing boats totaling a whopping six could be found in the bay as far back as 1835. These boats were all operated by free slaves and supplied the area as far as Stellenbosch with fresh fish. When the boats came in and once all the fish was loaded into carts, the fishermen would drive from farm to farm selling fresh fish. Soon other farmers and their families came down to the beach to trade with supplies of their own and a practice of common barter emerged on the beach.
Over time, the town became a popular holiday destination with the bay offering the perfect swimming spot. In 1937 it was renamed to “Strand”.
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The history of Strand
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Fun stuff to do in Strand
Whether you enjoy water sports or prefer spending time on firm ground, Strand will definitely have an activity for you to enjoy
This 5 km long stretch of white sand next to the ocean is perfect for long walks, sunbathing or beach sports.
This market offers a little of everything, from clothing and crafts to plants and confectionary. It is perfect for those who enjoy browsing for unique and interesting finds.
Open every Friday
Address: Dutch Reformed Church, Corner of Fagan & Birkenhead Streets, Strand.
Strand has an 18 hole championship golf course. The course was opened in 1994 and is a fun course for golfers of all levels.
A game of mini-golf is the perfect activity for a family or a group of friends. Though it can be a bit competitive, it is always fun.
This is perfect for the adrenaline junkies. Strand is a popular surfing spot especially for beginners. Due to the protection the Bay offers, it is considered one of the safest surfing spots in False Bay. If you've always wanted to try surfing, be sure to contact a surfing school in the area.
The Tidal Pool is the perfect way to swim in the "ocean" without the risk of being caught in a current and is situated at Harmony Park.
Should you prefer to swim in a pool, the Olympic sized public swimming pool is heated and open all year round.
Dune Park (also known as Water Park)
The Strand water slide is particularly popular among tourists and day visitors for the fun-filled event it promises. Safe for use by adults and children of all ages, a visit to Strand would not be complete if it excludes a trip down the slide.
Strand might appear to be a small town with a beach vibe but it has a variety of interesting activities and restaurants to offer any discerning visitor.