Many people know of Fish Hoek as a dry town - this is because one of the conditions placed by the owner, who gave the land for development, was that there be no alcohol sold there. But don’t worry - for Fish Hoek B&B guests, alcoholic beverages are available in restaurants and bars and even for the self catering Fish Hoek visitors, although there are no bottle stores in the town itself, you can always stock up at nearby shopping malls or even better - select a superb wine from one of the local wineries.
During the 18th century Fish Hoek beach was used on an informal basis for whaling and fishing. Whales are still regularly seen as they come close in shore between June and November but fortunately these days they are no longer hunted in these waters. A good place to view sea mammals from is Jager’s Walk, this gentle undulating path takes you along the rocky coastline to Sunny Cove where sign boards give the tourist valuable information on the dolphins that inhabit these waters throughout the year and of the Southern Right and Humpback Whales that come to calve and breed.
Fish Hoek Beach is quite flat, and the bay is protected from the currents and stronger surf in the rest of False Bay. Swimming is allowed along the entire beach and lifesavers are on duty during the summer peak season. The water in False Bay is far warmer than the Atlantic due to the effects of the Agulhas Current coming from the Indian Ocean. Body surfing, wind surfing and kayaking are popular.
The Fish Hoek valley is famous for 12,000 year old skeletons and a collection of stone-age tools discovered in a cave (now called Peers Cave after Bertie Peers and his father) in 1927. Fish Hoek Valley Museum houses displays of the Peers Cave excavations as well as collections of local interest.
Fish Hoek has a mild Mediterranean type climate and is kept pleasant over hot summer days by the south-easterly wind known locally as "the Cape Doctor”.
The Silvermine River Wetlands Route at the Clovelly end of Fish Hoek is excellent for birdwatching and is also home to the endangered Leopard Toad.
Fish Hoek has the pick of seafood dining amongst other choices and you can literally eat right on the beach at the Galley Restaurant.