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Where is it?
Fish Hoek is a small coastal town, south of Cape Town CBD (30km away). A 30 mins coastal scenic drive gets you to Cape Point's Nature Reserve.
Fish Hoek is a coastal town and popular tourist suburb on the False Bay coast of Cape Town. This old world fishing village is well known for its white sandy beaches, warmer water of the False Bay region, and complex cave systems where prehistoric human fossils have been found.
Fish Hoek means “Fish Corner" and is characterised by rugged mountains, white sandy beaches, and a mild Mediterranean climate. Situated in a protected bay, Fish Hoek Beach is one of the safest swimming beaches in Cape Town, popular among surfers, body surfers, boogie boarders, wind surfers, and kayakers who prefer the warmer waters of the False Bay coastline to that of the Atlantic Seaboard. Fish Hoek Beach features a lovely restaurant, takeaway, and children’s playground beside the beach. Lifeguards are on duty in season. A pathway known as the “Jagers Walk" runs past rock pools on the southern side of Fish Hoek's bay, while the northern part of the bay is largely undeveloped and is used by dog walkers and Trek fishermen to launch their boats and clean nets. Southern Right Whales are spotted in season (June to November).
Fish Hoek seems to be a village frozen in time; one of the few in Cape Town that is little affected by the push of development that has altered most of the Cape’s coastline. A drive along Fish Hoek’s main road will take you past many takeaway places and shops with their own distinctive characters. Previously a dry area, Fish Hoek now offers an array of excellent restaurants and pubs that are well worth a visit.
The mountains above Fish Hoek are riddled with captivating sandstone caves. Most famous of these caves is Peers’ Cave, where 12,000 year old Palaeolithic skeletons have been discovered. You can hike up to the cave to explore the area where the skull of the skeleton known as the “Fish Hoek Man" was found. The Fish Hoek Museum provides information on the site, as well as a display of dated prehistoric items related to the Fish Hoek Man. The museum also arranges guided walks of the area, specifically to Peers’ Cave, and features a local history on the surrounding environment.
Every second week on a Sunday, the Atlantic Rail Steam Train makes its way from Cape Town to Simon’s Town and back again, via Fish Hoek. Many tourists gather to get their photographs taken with the train which stops, but does not collect passengers, at Fish Hoek Station. Other activities to be enjoyed in Fish Hoek include kloofing, fishing charters, abseiling, diving, visiting the Jackass Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, teeing off at Clovelly Golf Club, or hiking through Silvermine Nature Reserve.