Bikini Beach, Gordon's Bay

Credit: Neville Cooper

Situated at the base of the Hottentots Holland mountains on the False Bay coast, the pretty village of Gordon’s Bay is a favourite spot in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday.

The glittering lights of Cape Town lie only 40 minutes away from Gordon’s Bay, a scenic cove with a sheer mountain backdrop, and you’ll reach the airport in half an hour by car.

One of the most popular places in Gordon’s Bay is Bikini Beach, and even though the beach itself is small and parking limited, it’s worth trying to find an empty spot along with other holidaymakers during peak season. Thanks to its sheltered locality between the mountain and harbour, Bikini Beach comes into its own when the wind is howling. It enjoys Blue Flag status, attesting to its water quality, safety and related international criteria.

Gordon’s Bay offers a variety of ocean activities including swimming, diving and surfing the waves of Kogel Bay.

In addition to its cosmopolitan appeal, Gordon’s Bay has preserved the quaintness of an old coastal village. During the summer season, its beachfront and streets are filled with sun-kissed visitors both local and international.

Temperatures are mild throughout the year, and the region enjoys winter rainfall. During the hot summer months, the south-easterly wind, or “Cape Doctor” – known locally for its welcome ability to clear the city of smog – offers some respite from the heat. Gordon’s Bay typically has one of the best sunsets in the world.

Gordon’s Bay is named after Robert Jacob Gordon, a Dutch officer who led the Cape garrison during the late 18th century. Today it’s home to the South African Naval College and various yachting and angling events take place within its sheltered harbour.

  • Phone: +27 21 840 1400

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