Featured SA Town / Fish Hoek

Featured SA Town / Fish Hoek

This is an unique feature that we wish to entertain; we will be needing our viewers input here to enable us to present the information that YOU want to see. The idea is to present typical, SMALL South African towns; possibly where you grew up and where you can share stories and interesting anecdotes as well as your pictures.

To get the ball rolling, our personal favorite will be taking the center-stage and has the honor of being the first Featured South African Small Town:

Fish Hoek

Fish Hoek is one of the most wonderful places on this earth! Admittedly this is in most part due to me growing up there but only returning to my roots three times in the last 10 years... much to the displeasure of my family who still resides there.

Fish Hoek is one of the most wonderful beach on this earth!
For me going back to Fish Hoek is like stepping into a time machine. So little has changed, and this was again confirmed during my most recent trip over the New Year 2000. From a totally selfish point of view this makes for an unforgettable experience; for the locals who have spent their whole life there it probably borders on extreme boredom! I love the "sleepy village" atmosphere, it's amazing how our surroundings and outlooks can change just by travelling the 35-minute drive from Cape Town to Fish Hoek. To me Fish Hoek has so much to offer; besides the amazing memories growing up (most of them not fit to expose here!), the long sandy beach is one of the safest in the Cape for bathing and body boarding, and of course it is a popular location for surfing and hobie cats.

Fish Hoek Beach
From July to October whales come into Fish Hoek bay and loll around just 50 meters from the shore in preparation for mating and giving birth. Huge schools of dolphins are also sometimes seen.

An interesting piece of history surrounds Fish Hoek, and has been a source of local dispute for literally over 100 years (and much exasperation to us growing up - but thank goodness for the Brass Bell!!): to prohibit the raucous thirsty sailors stopping here for a drink on their way to Simon’s Town navy base, the original 1818 farm was only granted on the condition that there was no public wine house. To this day, there is still no liquor store and only recently have permits been granted to pubs allowing them to operate.