Gordon’s Bay is a wonderful seaside harbour town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is situated on the northeastern corner of False Bay about 50 km from Cape Town. The village is named after Robert Jacob Gordon (1743–1795), a Dutch explorer of Scottish descent.
The anchor with the initials GB on the mountainside was constructed in November 1949 by Senior Cadets of the SA Nautical College General Botha. It was built to identify the position of the college. The G and B stands for GENERAL BOTHA not Gordon’s Bay as many think.
Gordon’s Bay is a perfect location to enjoy the best of what the Western Cape has to offer. It is located at the bottom of the beautiful Hottentots-Holland mountain range and has superb white sandy beaches with calm seas.
Other popular visitors to the bay include the pods of dolphins and whales, which can be seen year round.
Bikini Beach is popular with its crystal blue clear water, as well as being sheltered from the summer’s infamous southern winds while being near enough to many popular restaurants and accommodations. Bikini Beach has also been awarded Blue Flag status, an international quality rating of the highest order.
Popular Restaurants and Watering Holes in Gordon’s Bay
The Thirsty Oyster – Located at the old harbour. A popular pub and restaurant both in summer for a cool breeze and winter with the warm cosy fire. www.thethirstyoyster.co.za
Tallas Tavern – Superb location right across the road from the main beach. Serving a variety of good food including fresh seafood platters for all to enjoy.
Zest Restaurant and Bistro – Great location on the beach front serving Mediterranean food.
Harbour Lights – Convenient location in the old harbour. Serving fresh seafood. www.harbourlightsrestaurant.co.za
Sunset Bay Spur – A great family favourite located right on the main beach. Open early til late. www.spur.co.za