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Struisbaai / L'Agulhas is situated at the southernmost tip of Africa where the two oceans meet. This unspoilt, unpolluted fishing village and holiday resort has much to offer to holiday makers or those wishing to retire, away from crowds, where quality of life takes on a new meaning.
There is some debate as to the origin of the name Struisbaai. Some authorities believe that it means 'strawbay' and it earned this name by the fishermen's cottages that were originally built of straw. Others claim the name Struisbaai is derived from the Dutch vogelstruijs or 'ostrich'. The low shrub-covered terrain bordering the sandy coast is certainly ostrich country and you will still see a good number of these giant birds sharing the land with dairy cattle and merino sheep. According to legend, Struisbaai is named for the size of its beach - an old Nederland word for "huge".
Struisbaai boasts the longest continuous stretch of sandy beach in the southern hemisphere. It's 14 kilometres of white sand and turquoise seas offers unparalleled safe bathing, water-sports, boating and excellent boat and surf angling. Boat charters are available for great white shark viewing, fishing, whale watching and wreck diving and there are several hiking and mountain bike trails in the region.
For the sports lover, there are tennis courts at Struisbaai, a bowling green at Agulhas and a 9 hole golf course at nearby Bredasdorp.
Annual festivals include the Trans Agulhas Rubber Duck race, the Yellowtail Derby and the Calamari Festival.
The lime-washed Hotagterklip cottages built by early fishermen are well known landmarks, as is the small thatched church which is much sought after for small weddings and services. These houses and the church are National Monuments.
Areas near to Struisbaai
Arabella Country Estate, Arniston, Bettys Bay, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Cape Agulhas, Elgin, Gansbaai, Greyton, Hermanus, Kleinmond, Napier, Onrus, Pringle Bay, Rooi Els, Stanford, Swellendam, Villiersdorp,
There are many restaurants, guest houses and shops to cater for all tourist needs at affordable prices and fresh fish is available daily at the quaint harbour.
The local doctor is located in Struisbaai with Bredasdorp's provincial hospital close by.
The climate is extremely mild, with no temperature or rainfall extremes.
As little as only over 2 hours drive away from Cape Town and the CBD.
For example Camps Bay or Mauritius