The Strand originated as a Fishing and Holiday Resort. This vacation spot is mostly known for it’s 5km stretch of white sandy beach. During vacations, tourists from inland and all over the world flock to this area which has made tourism the main source of income for this area since the 1950′s.
The main beach, Melkbaai Beach, is known to as one of the best and safest bathing areas in the country. Beachfront entertainment includes Dune Park with Water Slides, mini golf and a Surf School. Harmony Park which borders Greenways boasts with the most elaborate tidal pool imaginable.
Surfing is part of the local relaxed culture and my locals surf early morning before their day starts. There are various well known surf spots along the Strand breach including AECI, Blinkklip, Pipe, Duckies, Reef, Silkies, Die Poort and Greenways.
The Strand also boasts with an Indoor Centrally Heated Olympic size pool which is open all year round. Various swimming teams and clubs use these facilities as their training area.
Mostert’s Bay on the eastern side of the Pavillion is a well known “dog friendly” beach as well as a favourite fishing beach.
The Strand is also home to various sports facilities including the Strand Golf Club.
Where to stay in Strand
Accommodation in Strand includes self catering apartments with magnificent ocean views and beach-front hotels.
Where to eat in Strand
No matter what your taste, Strand will have a restaurant to suit you, from Fine Dining to Italian, Indian, Seafood, Steak Ranches, takeaways and more. Most of the restaurants can be found along Beach Road.
Night Life in Strand
If you are looking for something to do at night, no need to travel very far. Strand has various establishments offering live entertainment, DJ’s and big screen TV’s for those all-important sports games.
Property in Strand
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Things to do in & around Strand
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Type of Activity
Activity & Area
|Sport/Adrenalin||✓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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The Strand, 1916
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