A scenic 40-minute drive from the CBD and Cape Town International Airport, the Fish Hoek Valley is a picturesque village nestled between Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town.
Surrounded by mountains and offering a vast ocean, with a beautiful 1.5 kilometer long sandy beach, which sports a children’s playground, a refreshment kiosk, restaurant and secure parking. An additional feature of the False Bay coastline is its considerably warmer Indian Ocean water, which offers beach lovers a much more agreeable swimming experience all year round.
Fish Hoek beach is a famous spot to witness the local fisherman ‘trekking’ for yellowtail in their traditional wooden rowing boats and if you’re lucky, you will have the opportunity to encounter some Dolphin pods and Southern Right whales in the bay, (sometimes a mere 50 meters from the shoreline) during the whale season which runs from July to November. During which time these magnificent creatures migrate to our warmer waters to calve their young.
Sport and Recreation Facilities are aplenty and include; the local gym, Fish Hoek Athletic, Rugby, Cricket, bowls, Soccer, squash and Walk for Life Clubs, There are also an abundance of nature trails which ensures that hikers of any age and fitness level can always find their feet on the mountain and if you have a good belay buddy, there are also a number of rock-climbing routes near-by. Not only does this area form part of the route for the world’s largest timed cycle race, but it also boasts some of the city’s best mountain biking trails.
If its water that floats your boat, then Fish Hoek provides: Surf and Yacht Club’s and one can enjoy some of the best snorkeling, Hobie-cat sailing, paddle-skiing, surf-skiing, kayaking and sailing routes. And for enthusiastic golfers, The Clovelly Country Club offers an 18 Hole Golf Course, which is a charming, narrow course that meanders along a dune-lined valley with incredible sea views.
Fish Hoek is filled with history and character and gained its place in world history with the discovery of a fossilized skeleton, in 1926, in Peers Cave. The cave had been used as a shelter by a group of prehistoric people. A father and son team, named Peers, excavated the cave site, discovering stone tools and the remains of nine people, one of whom became known as Fish Hoek Man, whose skull is estimated to be about 12 000 years’ old, and had the largest brain area of any skull its age found up until that time.
Fish Hoek is also what is known as a “dry area” which means that there are no bottle stores allowed, The 1818 grant of land, stated that there should be no public Wine house, and this was carried over to the new Town. The residents of Fish Hoek were determined to keep bottle stores out of the town. In 1956, after having opposed many license applications they formed an association called the “Defenders of Fish Hoek” who succeeded to get the liquor act amended so that no further applications would be allowed. Under our new constitution the act fell away, and after consultation with the local magistrate, residents voted for restaurant and bar licenses only.
The area has good public transport by train, and is also serviced by bus and taxi routes. There are schools aplenty and you can shop till you drop in one of the nearby shopping malls or farm villages. Medical Facilities in the region include False Bay Hospital, the nearby Constantiaberg Clinic, plus numerous Medical practices and retirement facilities.
Places to visit and things to do:
Silvermine Nature Reserve
Clovelly Golf Club: www.sa-venues.com/golf/wc_clovelly.htm
Meander along Jaeger Walk:
Peers Cave Hike:
Fish Hoek Valley Museum: www.fishhoek.com/museum.html