Gordons Bay, a breathtaking coastal village, lies in a corner of False Bay where the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountain dips it’s toes in the ocean.
Only 45 minutes drive from Cape Town and adjacent to Somerset West and Strand, this popular vacation destination is the only town in South Africa boasting with 2 fully operational Harbours, namely the Old Harbour where you will find the Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club and Harbour Island a marina development with mooring for yachts and home of the Gordon’s Bay Boat Angling Club.
The History of Gordons Bay
Gordons Bay has had a few name changes over the the last 350 years. In 1672 Gordons Bay was called Vischers Baaij. Later variations were Vischbaai, Visch Hoek and then Fish Hoek. Gordons Bay grew from a fishing village to a holiday resort in the late 1800′s.
Where to stay in Gordons Bay
Accommodation in Gordons Bay caters for every taste and budget. Accommodation options available include camping, back packers lodges, self catering accommodation, bed & breakfast accommodation, guest houses and a hotel.
Various beach front establishments are available along the Main Beach and Bikini Beach, just a stone’s throw from the ocean.
Where to eat in Gordons Bay
No matter what your taste, Gordons Bay will have a restaurant that suit you, from Fine Dining to Italian, Chinese, Seafood, Burgers and Tappas. Most of the restaurants are somewhere close to the ocean and the favourite eating spots are in the Old Harbour, along the main beach front and Harbour Island where you will find various restaurants overlooking the luxurious yachts moored in the marina.
The best “Fish & Chips” spots are Ooskus Fisheries, The Tavern, Trawlers, Berties Mooring and Ocean Basket
Night Life in Gordons Bay
If you are looking for something to do at night, no need to travel very far. Gordon’s Bay has various establishments offering live entertainment and big screen TV’s for those games.
The favourite spots are The Tavern, Melt’s Tavern, Berties Mooring..
The Gordon’s Bay Reviews
If you would like some “inside info” on our Village, make sure to pick up a copy of our local news publication the Gordon’s Bay Reviews which is available at most major retail outlets in Gordon’s Bay e.g. BP Garage, Spar etc..
Gordons Bay Annual Events
Gordon’s Bay has a couple of annual events that will have you coming back for more.. even in Winter.
- Winter Wonderland Festival - Last weekend in June
- The Leapfrog 21km Western Province Championship Race – April
- The NSRI Link Festival – November
Things to do in & around Gordon’s Bay
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Type of Activity
Activity & Area
|Sport/Adrenalin||✓ Gordons Bay – Guided Sea Kayak Day Trips✓Strand/Somerset West - Play a round of Golf at Strand Golf Club, Somerset West, or Erinvale Golf Course
✓ Gordons Bay - Surf at Bikini Beach or Koeel Bay
✓ Gordons Bay - Go Deep Sea Fishing
✓ Gordons Bay - Hike the Danie Miller Hiking Trail up to the GB sign
✓ Gordons Bay - Rent a bicycle & cycle around our Village
✓ Gordons Bay - Go Scuba Diving
✓ Kogel Bay - Hike up to Crystal Pools (permits required)
✓ Sir Lowry’s Pass - Go Horse Riding at Journey’s End
✓ Somerset West - Rent a Harley Davidson and take a scenic drive
✓ Somerset West - Go Hiking at the Helderberg Nature Reserve (Check our Events & Entertainment Page for Guided Hikes)
✓ Sir Lowry’s Pass - Paraglide from Sir Lowry’s Pass Lookout Point (seasonal)
✓ Sir Lowry’s Pass - Spend the day at Blue Rock where you can Cable Water Ski, Wake Board, Fufi Slide, Play Paint Ball, swim in the Badi or have a picnic
✓ Somerset West - Hit a couple of balls at the Vodacom Golf Driving range
✓ Somerset West - Mountain Biking at Schapenberg located at Ongegund Lodge
✓ Somerset West - Spend the day at Helderberg Farm where you can Mountain Bike, Hike one of their Trails, try the 4×4 Route, play Laser Games or go Gravel Carting
✓ Somerset West – Play Paintball at Helderberg Farm
✓ Grabouw - Go on a quad biking adventure
✓ Grabouw/Stellenbosch - Go on a Segway Adventure
✓ Strand - Rent a surfboard from Son Surf School at Strand Beach & learn to Surf
✓ Gansbaai - Go Shark Cage Diving
✓ Betty’s Bay - Go Sand Boarding
|Sight Seeing/Other||✓ Gordons Bay - Browse for some reading at Bikini Beach Books
✓ Gordons Bay/Strand/Somerset West - Treat yourself at one of our Spa’s
✓ Gordons Bay - Visit an Art Exhibitions by our local artists – exhibitions take place the last weekend of every month. Visit our Events & Entertainment Page for info.
✓ Gordons Bay - Take a scenic drive up to the Steenbras Water Treatment Plant
✓ Somerset West/Sir Lowrys Pass - Tour the Helderberg Wine Route
✓ Lwandle - Visit the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum
✓ Somerset West/Strand - Visit our famous Bird Watching spots
✓ Somerset West - Go shopping at Somerset Mall
✓ Somerset West/Gordons Bay - Visit one of our local Craft Markets
✓ Gordons Bay - Take a scenic drive along Clarence Drive to Hermanus
✓ Betty’s Bay - Visit the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
✓ Hermanus - Go whale watching (seasonal)
✓ Western Cape – Do the Brandy Route
✓ Gordons Bay - Spend the day at one of our beaches
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