- Western Cape
Situated in a cosy little spot between the mountains and the sea, Hawston is most notably famous for its long stretch of unspoilt beach. The beach offers beautiful views of the mountain and is regarded as the safest swimming spot along the Western Cape coastline. Hawston Beach is a blue flag beach, but never over-crowded and has an unaffected and almost rural appeal for those who visit.
Because of its close proximity to Hermanus, visitors can explore the many attractions in the town as well as the Hermanus Wine Route on the R320 which offers 15 different wine farms to visit, each producing small quantities of premium quality wines.
With such natural scenic beauty, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking trails, mountain biking trails and birdwatching in the nearby nature reserves. The region is a haven for adventure seekers and nature lovers.
Hermanus offers a variety of B&B’s, Guesthouses and self-catering apartments for travellers exploring the coastline.
Things to do and see
- Hawston Beach
- Hermanus Beaches
- Cape Whale Route
- Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
- Walker Bay Nature Reserve
- Rotary Way Route
- Vermont Salt Pans
- Gearings Point, Hermanus
- Hermanus Cliff Path
Hawston experiences a Mediterranean style climate with rainfall in the winter months from June to August.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 6˚C and 20˚C.
The small seaside village is named after C.R. Haw, a civil commissioner of Caledon.
Hawston was founded by Samson Gabriel Dyer, an American Negro. Samson Dyer settled on an island near Gansbaai. In 1840 he yielded his right to Dyer Island, to the Government in exchange for four pieces of land at Middelvlei. He had the land divided into plots, sold it and it became part of Hawston.
The major part of the town was laid out in 1860.
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