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Fish Hoek (Afrikaans Vis Hoek) is a coastal village now part of the Cape Town Metro. Fish Hoek is popular as a residence for commuters, retired people and holidaymakers alike.

Fisk Hoek appears on th earliest Cape Town maps and was used for whaling amd fishing. Initially holiday cottages were errected in the area but later it became a cummunity as the Cape Town city centre is only 30 minutes away depending on traffic.

Swimming is popular along the Fish Hoek beach with lifesavers on duty during the summer peak season, and body surfing, boogie boarding, wind surfing and kayaking are popular.




Fish Hoek History and Information

The first piece of land was granted to Andries Bruin in 1818 in the Fish Hoek area.  The Fish Hoek beach was used for whaling and fishing in the early days.  After the land was sold several times it was bought by a Hester Sophia de Kock. Who later on married a Jacob Isaac de Villiers.  They farmed with wheat and vegetables but later on also provided accommodation to visitors to the area.  After the death of Hester and Jacob the land was divided up into building plots as this was specified in Hester’s will.  In the beginning the plots were more used for the building of holiday cottages but with the train services that was introduced to Cape Town a more permanent community established itself in the Fish Hoek area.  In 1940 Fish Hoek was declared a municipality and currently it forms part of the City of Cape Town municipality.  Fish Hoek still have more of a small town feel to it and more than 80% of the inhabitants are English speaking. 

Primary Schools in the Fish Hoek area include Bay Primary, Fish Hoek Primary and Paul Geyling Primary.  Fish Hoek High is the High School in the Fish Hoek area.

A local newspaper the False Bay Echo serves the coastal suburbs including Muizenberg, St. James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, and Simon's Town.

In the Fish Hoek and surrounded areas there are lots to do and see for the tourist including the Fish Hoek Valley Museum.  Amateur archaeologist Victor Peers discovered fossilised male remains on an ancient burial site in 1927. Peers and his son Bertie excavated a cave now known as Peers’ Cave.  (At the time it was known as ‘Skildergat’)  In the cave, they discovered Khoisan rock art, stone tools, and the buried remains of nine people, one of whom is known today as ‘Fish Hoek Man’. A visit to the Fish Hoek Valley Museum will give you more information on these fossils. Peers' Cave can be accessed by climbing from the Fish Hoek dunes or via Ou Kaapse Weg.

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