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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.

Strand Beach

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.


Visit our Accommodation Page..


Where to eat in Strand

img-ribsbuffalowingsNo 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.

Visit our Restaurant Guide..

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.

Visit our Events & Entertainment calendar

Property in Strand

Looking to buy or rent 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 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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