Stand beach – South Africa, Africa


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With its five kilometre long stretch of white sand, Strand Beachis a perfect family beach for swimming, sunbathing and a variety of marinesports. There’s even a tidal pool for anyone who is not brave enough to plungeinto the mellow surf.
And if its waves you’re after, there are a number of surfspots to suit every level of surfer. Wannabee surfers can grab a lesson or twoin gentle waves with Stand Surf School- 083 232 4822.
Although the beach is mostly sandy, there are two rockpools frequented by rock and surf anglers at low tide.
The town of Strandlies right next to the beach with a plethora of beachy restaurants and drinkingspots. Access to the beach is easy and parking is never a problem.
Thetown of Strand is situated on the shores of False Bay at the foot of theHottentots Holland Mountains, an easy 40 minute drive from Cape Town. It is abustling metropolis of some 50 000 residents and forms part of the picturesqueHelderberg Basin, along with Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay.
Strand originated some 200 years ago as a holiday and fishing resort and wasfounded in 1714. Strand’s main attraction is “the strand” – 5kilometers of beautiful white sandy beach lapped by the warm waters of False Bay.
The beach is known to be one of the best and safest bathing areas in thecountry. Facilities on or nearby include Dune Park with a supertube andmini-golf and Harmony Park which boasts a huge tidal pool. Watersports may beconducted from various points along the beach front.
For the sporting enthusiast Strand offers a wide variety of organised sportincluding a brand new golf course capable of hosting international events;tennis, rugby, squash, jukskei, athletics, and watersports like surfing, sailing,power boating, paddleskiing and boardsailing.
Strand also boasts an olympic sized, covered, centrally heated swimming poolwhich is open all year round. The coast between the Lourens river mouth and upto Rooi Els is very popular with beach fishermen and rock anglers, whilstorganised and social diving activities beckon the more adventurous.
Strand forms an ideal base from which visitors can explore the Cape Peninsulaand its environs:
* The majestic Peninsula with its renowned coastal drive from Muizemberg toCape Point to Hout Bay via the magnificent Chapmans Peak to Sea Point;
Cape Town itself with Table Mountain brooding over the city and the vibrantV&A Waterfront;
* The West Coast and Swartland;
* The scenic Boland with its pinotage of wine routes and with its heart,Stellenbosch a mere 25km away;
* The coastal road past Gordon’s Bay to Betty’s Bay and Hermanus, one of thegreatest sites for whale watching.
Strand offers a wide variety of restaurants guaranteed to appease even the mostselective palate. The choice of shopping facilities is simalar – from thecomprehensive Somerset Mall situated just outside the town to the localDorpsmeent Centre, one would be hard pressed to find a service which is notlocally available.
Strand accomodates most requirements with three caravan and camping sites, onewith chalets, tent sites, numerous bed and breakfast facilities and a top classRCI Timeshare and hotel an the beach front with conference facilities, but notforgetting good honest family accomodation.

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