Strand Beach

Best family beach

Strand Beach, lapped by the waters of False Bay, is probably the safest swimming area in South Africa. The beautiful resort town of Strand offers so much to its locals and visitors, but the highlight has to be its five kilometres of soft white sand and crystal clear waters which includes the areas commonly known as Melkbaai Beach and Pavillion Beach. 

The water is warm with temperatures ranging between 12 - 21 degrees Celsius; a good 5-10 degrees warmer than the more well-known Atlantic Seaboard side of Cape Town.

From as early as 05h30 morning summer walks or jogs along the beach beckons a large contingent of devotees; whilst as late as 20h30 night swimming, or surfing, in "sunshine" is sometimes still possible.

Access to the beach is easy and parking is seldom a problem. 

Strand was nominated the in South Africa in 2007 as it is the perfect family beach, not only for swimming and sunbathing, but for its vast variety of water sports such as board sailing, kayak & paddle skiing, power boating, sailing, surfing and wind-surfing; which can all be enjoyed at various points along the beach front. For those who do not feel brave enough to plunge into the mellow surf there is also a tidal pool.

A promenade with a mix of restaurants, cafés and shops follow the shoreline and holiday makers have a choice of beachfront entertainment for the whole family. Dune Park offers a Supertube Waterslide and mini-golf and Harmony Park on the opposite side has a huge tidal pool.

Surfers and locals have ensured a “laid back” culture which suits any holiday maker to the area just perfectly. Fishing and diving in the clear waters has also become a regular sport for locals and they welcome any visitor to join them. 

So for a unique and unforgettable day stop by the beach front or if you like, stay awhile in any of the comfortable or luxury beach accommodation and wake up to the beauty of this beach every morning.


  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Life Guards during holiday season
  • Dune Park Waterslides & Mini Golf
  • Strand Waterworld
  • Surf School
  • Tidal Pool
  • Restaurants & Shops
  • Picnic areas


There is no admission fee charged.

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