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Gordons Bay

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.

Gordons Bay

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.

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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.

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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

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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..

Gordons Bay Annual Events

Gordon’s Bay has a couple of annual events that will have you coming back for more..  even in Winter.

Things to do in & around Gordon’s Bay

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 Type of Activity
 Activity & Area
 Sport/Adrenalin  Gordons BayGuided Sea Kayak Day TripsStrand/Somerset West - Play a round of Golf at Strand Golf ClubSomerset 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 BayRent a bicycle & cycle around our Village
Gordons Bay - Go Scuba Diving
Kogel BayHike up to Crystal Pools (permits required)
Sir Lowry’s PassGo Horse Riding at Journey’s End
Somerset WestRent a Harley Davidson and take a scenic drive
Somerset WestGo Hiking at the Helderberg Nature Reserve (Check our Events & Entertainment Page for Guided Hikes)
Sir Lowry’s PassParaglide from Sir Lowry’s Pass Lookout Point (seasonal)
Sir Lowry’s PassSpend 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 WestMountain Biking at Schapenberg located at Ongegund Lodge
Somerset West - Spend the day at Helderberg Farm where you can Mountain BikeHike one of their Trails, try the 4×4 Route, play Laser Games or go Gravel Carting
✓ Somerset West
Play Paintball at Helderberg Farm
GrabouwGo 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
GansbaaiGo Shark Cage Diving
Betty’s BayGo 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 PassTour the Helderberg Wine Route
LwandleVisit the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum
Somerset West/StrandVisit our famous Bird Watching spots
Somerset WestGo shopping at Somerset Mall
Somerset West/Gordons BayVisit one of our local Craft Markets
Gordons BayTake 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
 Family Activities

✓ Gordons Bay - Spend the day at one of our beaches
Gordons Bay - Have a picnic under the Milkwood trees
Somerset West - Have a picnic at the Helderberg Nature Reserve 
Somerset West - Go to a Summer Sunset Concert at Helderberg Nature Reserve (seasonal)      
Somerset West - Visit Monkey Town
Somerset West - Visit the Cheetah Outreach Centre where you can now Take a Cheetah for a walk on the Beach
✓ Strand - Spend the day at Strand Waterworld with water slides and putt-putt
✓ Strand - Spend the day on Strand’s 5km beach
Somerset West - Spend the day at Helderberg Farm’s picnic spots, petting zoo or go strawberry picking
✓ Klapmuts/PaarlVisit Butterfly World
✓ Cape Town – Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront
 Betty’s Bay - Visit the Stony Point Penguin Colony

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