Fish Hoek, False Bay

Whether you want a family holiday, weekend getaway or a honeymoon stay in Fish Hoek, this quiet little Cape Town village is the perfect retreat for locals and international travellers to South Africa. It has been frozen in time, hardly affected by the push for development that has altered much of the Cape’s coastline.

Drive through the main road of Fish Hoek and shops still delight with original character - interspersed with the odd second-hand furniture shop, and grocers and delis have not yet been nudged from the high street by corporate shopping centres. Fish Hoek beach is one of the loveliest and safest beaches on the False Bay Coast.

Fish Hoek is an ideal family beach and its calm bay is almost guaranteed to provide good swimming, snorkeling along the rocks and a lot of sandy beach to make sand castles or on which to soak up the sun. Even the beach front coffee shop and restaurant seems imbibed with the local placidness and serves you as and when they see fit, but you don’t seem to mind as the views are so spectacular.

During whale watching season, whales and their offspring often cavort in these waters, whilst canoeists carefully circle to catch a close-up inspection.

The beach tends to be the stamping ground of retired pensioners and families, and the bay lies in the shadow of the Kalkbaaiberg and Elsie’s Peak headlands scattered with homes that offer wonderful views over the bay. Jager Walk is a favourite with Sunday strollers, and runs along one arm of the beach.

Close to Fish Hoek is the beautiful village of Simon’s Town, and just beyond here is Boulders beach and one of the few land-based colonies of African penguins. And Cape Town is only a 25 minute trip over Ou Kaapse Weg and on to the M3.

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Verified reviewexcellent

Our preferred destination when visiting Cape Town. It’s close enough if we want to go to the city or waterfront but we prefer the quieter lifestyle and beaches this side of the mountain. Views to die for when you choose the right place to stay you might never even want to Leave! Seriously. ❤️

Simone (Norfolk)

Verified reviewexcellent

From high on the slopes of the mountains surrounding Fish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa, you have uninterrupted views of the magnificent False Bay, quaint Fish Hoek, and the Hottentots Mountains. Fish Hoek boasts one of Cape Towns finest and secure beaches reaching 18 degrees in the summer with no rip currents. Some of Cape Towns finest restaurants are within a 10 min drive as is Simon’s Town featuring Boulders Beach and the penguins. No need to travel, enjoy the whales from approx. August to October each year frolicking in False Bay. The Trek Fisherman – a must to watch them perform their century old way of fishing on Fish Hoek beach, passed down from generation to generation. Fresh fish can be purchased from their boats on the beach. A visit to Fish Hoek is a must.

Lynn (Cape Town)

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