My journey to Fish Hoek, Cape Town started in California via Indianapolis and Chicago. The ‘Hoek’ in Fish Hoek is an Afrikaans word that means ‘corner’. In a sense it is a corner or an intersection between the Cape Point to the south and Kommetjie to the west. The refreshing view from our hillside apartment made the long, long trip worth it all. This little village attracts tourists and retirees but it is also a sportsman hub, a whale track and a frequent host to the Great White shark.
The Beach of Fish Hoek, Cape Town
Even though this is the heart of winter in the southern hemisphere, the Fish Hoek, Cape Town beach is populated with swimmers, boogie-boarders, kayak-ers, wind-surfers, runners, walkers, dogs walking their owners, aerobic classes, sun-bathers and tourists who come for lunch and a stunning picture of the hundreds of seagulls. Kids build sand castles while moms take that perfect picture for social media.
Fish Hoek, Cape Town is a great holiday destination for families.
The restaurant on the beach offers great seafood dishes, snacks and enjoys daily visits from tour companies and their busloads of tourists from China, USA, Europe and the UK. The many meals and snacks that I enjoyed there never disappointed and the prices are very reasonable given the flow of tourists.
Trinkets and curios are not for sale on the beach, which is a bit of a mystery to me, but it might have something to do with local village policy.
This is what Lisa said of Fish Hoek
Lisa, a recent visitor to Fish Hoek wrote, “One of my favourite memories of Cape Town took place in a quaint part of the city by the seashore called Fish Hoek. We were staying in a house on the side of a mountain which descended right onto the beach.
That summer, we spent many hours on the shore, but most notable was one evening after an afternoon of playing with the waves and the sand, I sat down with my cousin and my sister and we watched the sun dip, in brilliant colours, below the horizon. Some minutes later, we wondered if the sun was coming back up when we saw a bright sphere ascending from the same direction. In fact, what we were witnessing was the moon rising from the horizon, large, round and red as it climbed into the silent sky above.
I have visited many countries and seen many things, but this little corner of Cape Town always stands out in my memory as one of the stunning expressions of the beautiful Creator who made it”
For many years, Fish Hoek, Cape Town enforced Eco-friendly fishing policies. Spotters are posted on the mountain with binoculars to find schools of fish in the bay. As soon as a school appears, the base on the beach is notified. Guided by the spotters, a rowing boat at the ready tows a very long net around the fish with one end anchored on the beach. Once the rowboat returns, hired hands and beach goers all chip in to pull the splattering fish to shore.
Payment is a fish if the catch is large enough. On one occasion, I counted about 300 large Yellow-tail fish in the net. One another only 200, but I have seen a handful of baby sharks in the nets that we returned to their lives. The live big Yellow-tail fish goes for R300-R350 (US$22-26).
Fish Hoek, Cape Town – The Town
Quaint, picturesque, friendly, quiet and dead at night might be an apt description. During the winter months (June – August) the town goes to sleep before 6pm and only starts to stir around 8am. Night life can be found in the neighbouring village, Kalkbay
, but more of that next time.
Holiday accommodation, restaurants, coffee and snack shops are sufficient in Fish Hoek, Cape Town. Two big grocery stores, a few banks, a post office, churches, and other services are all within easy walking distance from each other on the main road. The train station is on the line from Simonstown to the Cape Town city centre. Part of the journey runs along the sea but the train’s windows are often unclear.
Come to Fish Hoek to rest, to enjoy family time, write, paint, to enjoy nature, walks, the beach and many amazing day trips.
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