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Situated on the shores of False Bay at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, The Strand is an easy 40-minute drive from Cape Town. The bustling metropolis, with its 50 000 residents, forms part of the picturesque Helderberg Basin, along with Somerset West and Gordons Bay.

Founded in 1714, the Strand began as a holiday and fishing resort. It’s main attraction is ‘the strand’ - 5 kilometers of beautiful white sandy beach lapped by the warm waters of False Bay, which is known to be one of the best and safest bathing areas in the country.

Head out on a real holiday and play mini-golf, or hit the supertube or Harmony Park with its huge tidal pool. Or plug yourself into the various watersports conducted from various points along the beach front.

Sport freaks will find a new golf course, tennis and watersports including surfing, sailing, power boating, paddleskiing and boardsailing. There’s also an Olympic-sized, centrally heated swimming pool which is open year round. The coast between the Lourens river mouth and up to Rooi Els is popular with beach fishermen and rock anglers.

The Strand forms a great base from to explore the Cape Peninsula and its environs. The scenic Boland with its wine routes and the Helderberg wine route is a mere 10km away whilst the beautiful coastal road leading from Gordon’s Bay to Betty’s Bay and Hermanus forms part of the Cape whale route and is well worth the drive.