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Useful things to know about Fish Hoek
- The name of the town means ‘Fish Corner’ or ‘Fish Hook’.
- Traditionally, it was a fishing and whaling area.
- These days it’s a holiday and retirement area.
- Until recently it was a ‘dry town’; no alcohol could be sold here because of a stipulation in land sale contracts.
- Sharks appear regularly in the bay and a fatal attack was recorded in 2010.
Fish Hoek Mini Guide
Tell me About Fish Hoek
Fish Hoek is a small coastal town on False Bay, in the city of Cape Town
, South Africa. It is popular with holidaymakers who want a relaxing holiday and to sunbathe and surf or go sailing and fishing. It is a useful base for exploring the Cape Point.
So, how do I get There?
If you are travelling from abroad you would fly into Cape Town International Airport and then drive or use a hotel shuttle bus to get you to Fish Hoek town. It is 30km by road and can take anything between 30 minutes and 2 hours depending on the traffic. Car hire is advisable to explore the area as public transport is very limited.
What Can I See in the Town?
The town is most well known for its beaches, the southern side is mostly for sunbathers and surfers, the northern side is where the fishermen land their catch and the locals like to walk. Between June and November you maybe lucky enough to see a southern right whale and hopefully not a shark – these have appeared in the bay and shark spotters are on look out for them. In the town you can visit the Fish Hoek Valley Museum and see stone age excavations at Peers Cave.
What if I get Bored?
Go for a wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek, these are probably some of the best wines in the world. Afterwards, head to the neighbouring Silvermine Nature Reserve, not only for the birds and endangered species but the wonderful views over False Bay.
What’s the Food Like?
In Fish Hoek, it’s all about the seafood! Barracuda Restaurant is on the seafront and has a contemporary but natural feel – there you can enjoy dishes such as springbok carpaccio and barracuda fish platter. If you are down on the beach, head for the lively Fish Hoek Galley, where you can try mussels mariniere or monkeygland steak. As well as seafood, try some local South African dishes and exotic game if you dare!
Where can I Stay?
Tranquility Guest House is located on the mountainside overlooking the town. You can relax in the gardens or the Jacuzzi and enjoy the amazing views of False Bay. The guest house has an airport shuttle service and free Wi-Fi.
Latest Update from Fish Hoek:
06/06/12 - On the 3rd September the seventh eMzantsi Carnival takes place with this year's theme as the colour and attitude of green. The festival will celebrate the multicultural aspects of the town and the surrounding region and promises to be a vibrant affair.