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Gordon's Bay

The Jewel of False Bay

Gordon's Bay is a picturesque coastal village, nestled at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains on the False Bay Coast in the Western Cape South Africa.Ideally situated for a relaxing seaside holiday and is just fifty minutes' drive to Cape Town and forty minutes' to Cape Town International airport .

Coming from the Apple areas of Grabouw & Elgin the N2 winds down the famous Sir Lowry's pass revealing an unparalleled vista of the Helderberg and the entire False Bay all the way to Cape Town. This view has got to be one of the best views in the world. Gordon's Bay lies quietly on the coast at the foot of the Sir Lowry's Pass .

Climate is mild with temperatures ranging from 18 degrees in winter through to lower 30's in summer. The hot summer days are tempered by the breeze that blows down the mountains and the weather is absolutely ideal for a beach front holiday. Safe , clean sand and sparkling sea water are the hallmark of Gordon's Bay seaside.

Everything is within walking distance and the village is dotted with superb restaurants and being a seaside town the fish dishes are divine.

History of Gordon's Bay

Although the name of the town has undergone many changes, it was shown on earlier maps as Gordon's Bay in honour of Robert Jacob Gordon, Commandant of the Dutch troops at the Cape from 1777 to 1795.

The recorded history of Gordon's Bay goes back 350 years to when the little nook was explored by various expeditions of the Dutch East India Company as it started venturing inland after having settled into its "Cape of Good Hope”.

The first fishing post established here in 1672 was called Vischers Baaij. Later variations became Vischbaai, Visch Hoek and Fish Hoek.

Dwellings in the area were originally farms then later small fishing houses started appearing in the late 1800's and it started becoming known as a holiday resort. An advertisement in 1889 called the then Gordon's Bay"the future Brighton of South Africa”.

Popularity has grown continuously among overseas visitors and in particular those from Europe.Even with this growth the town has maintained its "Charm and Beauty” and is a sought-after destination today. The holiday season over Christmas sees the town's population swell when the upcountry neighbours flock down to the sea.

Gordon's Bay Accommodation

From basic fishing cottages to seaside holiday homes of the early 1940's, the village has grown in what it has to offer the traveller. Today beautiful homes cling precariously to the steep mountainsides.The sophisticated 4 Star Berg en Zee Guesthouse is situated in the old village.

Gordon's Bay accommodation caters for everyone's pocket and taste. 

Berg en Zee is a beach front establishment with views over the sea from all of the wonderfully appointed and spacious rooms and just 50m from the seaside.

The white sandy beaches make it a chosen destination for bathing and water sports and the guesthouse is opposite a lovely swimming beach and a few minutes' walk from the well-known Blue Flag status Bikini beach - . Bikini beach in Gordon's Bay is a firm favorite with sun worshippers because the harbour wall shelters it from most winds. The attractive bay is used as a small-craft harbour, where luxury yachts and cabin cruisers bob in tightly packed lines.

Things to do in Gordon's Bay

Sunbathing and swimming are the most prevalent activities in Gordon's Bay in summer followed by snorkeling, scuba and water sports of all kinds. Jet skis, rubber ducks and small fishing craft can be seen moving about all day as the easy access slip-ways of the beach and harbour areas make it a pleasure to own and operate small craft in the area

Fishing is also a very popular pastime in Gordon's Bay, whether it is surf fishing or fishing from the rocks of the harbour wall or deep sea angling. The sport is very popular and fish are plentiful in the area.

The Gordon's Bay Yacht Club is very popular for the sailing enthusiast and has a very active sailing program. The yacht club has hosted the Lipton Cup sailing race twice and numerous regattas are regularly held. For the sports fisherman the Gordon's Bay Boat Angling club is extremely active. 

In addition Gordon's Bay is host to other sporting events such as the Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race and the False Bay 50km run.

Hiking and walking paths are abundant and many forest reserves are a short distance from the village including the Steenbras Dam reserve above the town which offers magnificent views over the Cape towards Table mountain and beyond.  The local 2-hour Danie Miller trail and the Koggelberg Biosphere Reserve offer more hiking opportunities.

Food & Drink

Being a seaside town Gordons Bay offers some of the most amazing seafood restaurants serving freshly caught fish, calamari, squid, crayfish and a wide variety of seafood. Fish and chips is a firm favorite after a day in the sun or a long walk in the area. The food is just divine and portions are ample. Whether this is bought as pre-made or fresh from the famous fish shops in the area. This is not to be missed.

Gordons Bay fish restaurants are exquisite.


Don't miss out on a wonderful opportunity to visit Gordons Bay when you are in the area!

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Berg en Zee Guesthouse - Beachfront Accommodation | 135 Beach Road, Gordon's Bay | South Africa | +27 21 856 3095