Strand - Cape Town
The beach and the Waterfront at the Strand
To the west Gordon's Bay is the coastal town of the Strand .
It forms part of the holiday resort area which starts at
Gordon's Bay and stretches along the False Bay
coastline towards Muizenberg.
When one flies into Cape Town during the winter months
it is normal to fly over this part of False Bay to land
at Cape Town's International airport.
The view from the plane of this stretch of coastline is
awesome with the long white beaches with waves rolling onto them.
The coastline at the Strand is no different. At low tide
the beaches extend for at least a hundred metres before
one reaches the water. At high tide the beach
becomes a lot smaller.
Towards Gordon's Bay a new harbour has been built which caters
for small boats and yachts.
This harbour is however also the entrance to the sea for
people living in the marina which has been built there.
The harbour boasts a slipway for launching boats, a number
of restaurants and a hotel.
It's a bit like the V and A Waterfront in Cape Town except
on a much smaller scale.
The outside harbour wall runs parallel to the coastline
and is very popular with fishermen who arrive there to
catch whatever takes a fancy to their bait.
Normally Kob, Steenbras and in the winter months
some Galjoen as well.
The harbour is built along a very rocky stretch of coastline
which is about three kilometres long and runs from
Gordons Bay to the west.
With the lovely beaches here the hotels and holidays flats
On the north side of the beach road are tall tower blocks
of flats and accommodation for the holiday maker.
Surfers in this area have a field day when the tide is
rising as there are plenty of waves to surfed on.
The south east wind whipping up the sea in False Bay
When the South east wind roars in from across the bay
its time to pack up and go home.
It flattens the waves and blasts you with sand and
can be rather unpleasant.
Fishermen smile when this happens as they know that the
moment the wind drops the fish come on the bite
along this coastline.
The Strand has a small shopping area close to the beach
where there are banks, restaurants and various other
shops to be explored.
There is a small slipway near the parking area on the beach
where fishermen land their boats and catches.
The jetty is very popular with the kids as they fish off
it often landing a large fish or two.
Closeby is a large indoor swimming pool where one can relax
out of the wind when the weather is not so good.
For those of you who don't like the wind, without it you
would most probably die of the heat.
Not only does it cool Cape Town down, it also blows all
the smog, and other pollutants in the air out to sea.
But for the Cape Doctor as the wind is called ,Cape Town
would be like some of those polluted cities in the East.
As the whole Strand, Gordons Bay coastline is swamped by
holiday makers over the Christmas school holidays which begin
early in December and continue through to mid January when the
Cape Schools go back, the best time for those with time on
their hands to visit this area is after New Year when most
of Cape Town's up country visitors leave.
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