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StrandSouth Africa

This relaxed coastal town welcomes visitors with its sweeping beach and surf spots, farmers market, mountain scenery and nature walks.

At the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and affording views across False Bay is the pretty beach town of Strand. Founded as a fishing village, today Strand is a lively resort popular for its long stretch of beach- and water sports, farmers’ market and access to the Helderberg Wine Route.

The 3-mile- (5-kilometer-) long beach is the focal point of the town. In fact, Strand takes its name from the Afrikaans word for “beach”. Melkbaai, the main beach, is known as one of South Africa’s safest swimming beaches and is a favorite of vacationing families. Kids can enjoy riding the water slides at Waterworld Strand. Swim in the Olympic-size swimming pool located next to the Strand Pavilion.

If you are feeling energetic then Strand presents a wide range of sporting activities. Surfing forms an integral part of the beach culture here and the waves are suitable for all surfing levels, including beginners. Along Beach Road you’ll find numerous surf clubs offering lessons and equipment rental. Play a round of golf or go trout fishing on the Lourens River.

Go for a leisurely walk along the wide promenade that runs parallel to the beach. Take a seat at one of the cafés and restaurants with outdoor seating areas to enjoy the views off False Bay. At the weekend local vendors set up stalls along the promenade and offer various arts and crafts. On Fridays the Strand Farmers Market hosts stalls with everything from flowers and confectionery to handicrafts and local food.

When visiting Strand don’t miss out on a trip to the nearby Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. Walking trails of varying distances traverse a rugged mountainous terrain where over 1,300 species of fynbos and around 110 bird species reside. Less challenging walks wind around Helderberg Nature Reserve.

Strand is a 35-minute drive from Cape Town. Rent a car and explore the Helderberg Wine Route, which travels through over 20 wine estates between the towns of Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay.

Where to stay in Strand

Strand featuring markets

Die Bos

Though Die Bos might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Harmony Park and Erinvale Golf Club.

Die Bos

Top Hotels in Strand

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
M2T Guest House
M2T Guest House
2.5 out of 5
10 Columbus St, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $20 per night

Situated in Cape Town, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Erinvale Golf Club, Harmony Park, and Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve. Cape Town Film Studios ...

M2T Guest House
Loddeys Guesthouse
Loddeys Guesthouse
3.5 out of 5
13 Norman Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $33 per night

Situated in Cape Town, this beach guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Harmony Park, Strand Golf Club, and Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum. Cheetah Outreach is ...

4.3/5Excellent! (28 reviews)

"When we arrived, Loddeys was experiencing some trouble with some plumbing so Johan upgraded us to one of their properties in the Beach House. It was very gracious of Johan and the Beach property was marvelous - clean, spacious and a wonderful place to stay. Thanks Johan. We had a great stay at ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Loddeys Guesthouse
Ocean View Penthouse
Ocean View Penthouse
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Beach and Culenborg Rds, Strand, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $425 per night

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Harmony Park, Strand Golf Club, and Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum. Cheetah Outreach ...

Ocean View Penthouse

Popular places to visit in Strand

Spier Wine Estate
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Spier Wine Estate

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Enjoy food, wine and art and experience the majesty of birds of prey at one of the oldest wineries in South Africa.

Franschhoek Wine Tram
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Franschhoek Wine Tram

4.5/5(20 reviews)

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Franschhoek Wine Tram during your travels to Cape Winelands. While in this quaint area, you can savor the wineries.

Kogel Bay Beach
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Kogel Bay Beach

5/5(3 reviews)

Relax on the sand, take part in watersports and barbecue in front of beautiful ocean views at this attractive seaside location.

Boschendal Estate
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Boschendal Estate

5/5(9 reviews)

Enjoy the delights of the wine grapes, restaurants and majestic lodgings in one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious wineries.

Vrede en Lust Estate
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Vrede en Lust Estate

5/5(4 reviews)

Take a cellar tour to see the barrels, tanks and bottles in this illustrious wine farm that dates back 300 years.

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(296 reviews)

Get a privileged close-up view of an African penguin colony among the spectacular rock formations at this beach that also offers excellent swimming conditions.

Top things to do in Strand

Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour
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Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

88% of travellers recommend
$40
Per adult
The Ultimate Cape Town Pass – Unlimited Plus Premium
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The Ultimate Cape Town Pass – Unlimited Plus Premium

100% of travellers recommend
$258
Per adult
The Ultimate Cape Town Pass - Unlimited
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The Ultimate Cape Town Pass - Unlimited

80% of travellers recommend
$103
Per adult
Cape Point and Stellenbosch Wine Full Day Tour
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Cape Point and Stellenbosch Wine Full Day Tour

80% of travellers recommend
$82
Per adult
Full Day Wine Tour of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl
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Full Day Wine Tour of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl

100% of travellers recommend
$56
Per adult
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$10
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Cities near Strand

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront which includes a lake or waterhole

Cape Town

Somerset West showing landscape views, golf and mountains

Somerset West

Boschendal Estate which includes heritage architecture

Cape Winelands

Gordon\'s Bay showing swimming, a coastal town and a sandy beach

Gordon's Bay