Quaintly called the ‘Shire” by many of Fish Hoek’s locals it is one of Cape Town’s picturesque Suburbs. Fish Hoek is situated in a valley on the Cape’s Southern Peninsula, between the Atlantic Seaboard and the warmer waters of False Bay.
Fish Hoek and Glencairn beaches are often regarded as the Cape’s top swimming beaches, as water temperatures are far higher in False Bay than the cold Atlantic Seaboard. Water Temperatures are similar to those of the Northern Mediterranean and in Summer most commonly range from 68°F to 72°F (20°C to 22°C). The Cape’s climate is Mediterranean and Fish Hoek and Glencairn air temperatures are comfortably cool (it tends to be around 3°C cooler than Cape Town central due to moderating sea breezes). Annual temperatures in Fish Hoek and Glencairn are comparable to those in Barcelona.
Other top beaches near our guest houses are Kommetijie Beach, Noordhoek Beach and Muizenberg Beach. There are plenty of coastal tidal pools, hiking trails, shopping centres, world acclaimed vineyards and restaurants. Fish Hoek and Glencairn have a laid back atmosphere typical of small sea side towns, in which you’re unlikely to have a bigger concern than a visit by the local baboon troop (this happens about twice annually!).
All of this makes our guest houses convenient centres in which to rest and from which to enjoy a holiday in the ‘Fairest Cape in all the circumference of the Earth’.
Trains run North from Fish Hoek and Glencairn to Cape Town central, as well as South along the coast towards the historic Naval Base of Simon’s Town (where one can view penguins, or go shark cage diving and whale watching, in season). Car rental is highly recommended to make the most of all that South Africa’s cosmopolitan ‘Mother City’ and environs have to offer.