As can be seen by the beautiful image above, Strand in Cape Town is regarded as the 'Miami of South Africa'.
Miami in Florida, USA, is without a doubt the retirement capital of the world and there are good reasons why. Apart from its sought after coastal location and great weather, Miami offers so much to do, see and experience - all year round - and this is why retirees with a passion for life makes it their number one settlement location in the USA.
Strand in South Africa has everything, and more, that Miami has to offer those in their golden years. This page has been compiled to list only a few of the many attractions that make Strand not only one of the best retirement locations in South Africa, but one of the best in the world.
Wine farms galore!
South African Wine Estates are, undoubtedly, one of South Africa’s most treasured attractions. They represent the heart of the wine-making industry in South Africa, which is now recognised all over the world for its top quality wines and its sheer variety.
The best known South African wine estates are situated in the Cape Winelands, being Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington, Constantia and Durbanville. The wine farms in these areas produce a vast array of wines, from red and white wines, to sparkling, dessert and rosé varieties. Cellar tours and wine tastings are essential during one’s time in the Winelands.
Due to the natural magnificence of this area as well as its proximity to oceans, mountains and the big city, the Cape Winelands continue to be popular amongst local travellers and international tourists alike. There are myriad options for adventure-lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and connoisseurs with a discerning palate for fine dining (and drinking!) throughout the Winelands.
Discover and explore more than 150 wine farms and estates where both connoisseurs and novice wine-drinkers can enjoy the fruit of the vine.
Sample award-winning wines, relax and drink in the atmospheres of the Cape Winelands, which is situated within a radius of less than 50 km from the Strand.
There are few recreational and sport activities that can compete with shore angling in terms of fun, camaraderie, relaxation and that sense of achievement (especially when one hooks a big one).
Strand with its 5 km white, sandy beach is one of the best locations in the whole Cape Province where shore angling yields great results all rear round.
The most common fish found when doing shore angling from the Strand beach are White Steenbras, Cob (Kabeljou), Galjoen, Shad (Elf), Poenskop, Garrick (Leervis) & Grunter.
The Strand beach is within walking distance from the Villa Blanca Seniors Resort, meaning that whenever the tide is right and conditions are suitable, you can grab your rod and head to the beach.
The Daily Duck Run!
This waddling workforce of the Vergenoegd Wine Farm is essential to the farm’s pest-control, consuming a startling amount of snails and bugs on their daily patrols. The farm utilizes 1070 Runner Ducks to assist in the control of the snail and pest population in its vineyards, a unique practice they have been refining since 1984. They have a basic research and breeding program in place to keep their workforce of ducks productive, healthy and happy, and intrigued guests can take a daily tour of the duck pens and “breeding room”.
Snails become more active in the vineyards in the Spring and Summer months so the quack squad, which works 3 shifts per day, will head to work a little earlier in the morning to eat their delicious escargot breakfast.
Vergenoegd is situated 15 minutes from Strand and the Daily Duck Run is an experience not to be missed.
It took 4 million years of evolution for the cheetah to become the exceptional animal it is today and only 100 years for man to place it on the endangered list. Now the fastest land animal in the world is losing its most important race: the race for survival. At the turn of the 20th century, an estimated 100,000 cheetahs lived throughout Africa and in parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. Today there are only about 7,100 of these majestic cats left in the wild.
Cheetah Outreach which is 5 minutes away from Strand, is an education and community-based programme created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival.
Golf, golf, golf!
Splendid natural surrounds, cool ocean breezes and rolling hills make for the perfect setting for a good game of golf. So it’s little wonder that Cape Town and the breathtaking regions that flank it are home to some of the finest places to putt, drive, pitch and chip in the whole of South Africa.
Many of the fairways and greens that dot the Mother City hold championship status and are both technically challenging and visually captivating, making them sought-after places to play for both local amateur linksmen and expert international golfers.
Strand is situated within a few kilometers of more than 30 of South Africa's best and most challenging golf courses.
The city of Cape Town finds itself in the unique position that it’s surrounded by two of the world’s largest oceans – the Indian Ocean to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It goes without saying then, that the sea plays an important role in the lives of Capetonians and what better way for retirees to experience this magnificent city than from the seas that surround it? Here’s a look at some watery adventures you can take part in when settling in the Strand.
Yachting, fishing trips, surfing, kite surfing, swimming, whale watching, kayaking & scuba diving.
Strand's 5 km white, sandy beach is one of the most popular beaches in the Cape Province, if not the whole South Africa.
The Strand beach, which is within walking distance from the Villa Blanca Seniors Resort, can be used all year round for sunbathing, swimming, picnics, leisure walks, running, cycling & shell collecting.
The Strand beach is surrounded by a natural reef which makes it one of the safest swimming spots in South Africa and with the Indian Ocean being a few degrees warmer than the Atlantic Ocean, swimming is also more pleasant.
Gordons Bay harbour!
Gordons Bay with its cozy little harbour and Yacht Club is 10 minutes away from the Strand.
A number of boats, yachts and other watercraft can be rented or moored at the harbour for those fun-filled days you want to go out to do some deep sea fishing, sailing or leisure cruising.
Around the harbour there are a number of restaurants, craft markets, shops, pubs and the famous Bikini Beach, which is one of Cape Town's six Blue Flag Beaches, indicating a high level of water quality, facilities, cleanliness and safety.
From Bikini Beach you have a never-ending view of the entire False Bay which curves in a huge arc from Gordon's Bay right round to Cape Point at its westernmost extremity.
Cape Town (the Mother City)!
Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, is only 50 km from the Strand. Table Mountain, one of the world's seven natural wonders, is not only a spectacular backdrop for Cape Town, but also offers visitors the unique experience of walking on top of the mountain and enjoy the most awe-inspiring panoramic views. Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and apart from its natural beauty, it offers more attractions and and things to do than any city in the World. Listed below are only a handful of such attractions.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Cape Town Harbour
Castle of Good Hope
Blue Flag Beaches
Boulders Penguin Colony
Two Oceans Aquarium
Cape Town Stadium
SA National Gallery
Signal Hill (Noon Gun)
World of Birds,
Cape Town Science Centre
South African Planetarium
Game Viewing - Big Five!
There are a number of Game Reserves which are situated within an hour's drive from Strand, where the "Big Five" animals (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard) can be viewed in true African safari style. As during the bygone hunting era the term "Big Five" still conjure up the romance and excitement of Africa's exotic destinations and experiences.
Imagine watching the sun set over the horizon whilst you capture the moment to view the majestic African elephant or a pride of hungry lions stalking their prey. Watching a buffalo strolling to a water hole with strength and size that makes it more likely to kill a human than any other mammal. The rhino, which is almost extinct, with its extraordinary horns and bad temper. And the leopard with its beauty and remarkable speed and skill to hunt.