About Fishermans Beach
Fishermans Beach is a small beach situated between two low lying rock outcrops approximately 800-meters from Boulders Beach on the False Bay Coastline. Travelling south, leaving Simon’s Town (i.e. heading towards Cape Point), you will find it a little past the Simon’s Town Country Club, Golf Course.
Fishermans beach is relatively popular and occasionally it does get pretty busy. Most guides will tell you it’s not that busy because of the parking limitations, but when the weather is great, this little beach can get pretty festive.
Beach access is relatively easy, but parking (as mentioned) can be problematic and you may have to walk some distance to reach the beach.
Contrary to it’s name, Fishermans beach is not popular with Fishermen and rather frequented by families and water-sport enthusiasts who enjoy the protected swimming and slightly warmer waters.
The granite boulders protecting the beach on either end ensure calmer waters and there is often suitable waves for body-boarders. Snorkelling is also popular as the water at Fishermans Beach is often a clean turquoise colour with great visibility and lot’s to see. The calmer waters this beach offers also makes it a great launching and exploration beach for kayakers.
Another popular attraction is the large sloped grassy area that backs the beach, which is great for sunbathing, picnics, beach ball and/or any other suitable activity that doesn’t involve getting sand all over your things. Here you can enjoy the scenery and activities without getting wet!
- Toilet Facilities
- Safe Swimming
- Grassy Lawns
- Dog’s Permitted (on leads)
- Safe Swimming (no lifeguards)
- Ball Sports
The origins of the name of Fishermans Beach have apparently not been traced and I spent considerable time looking. The only mention of anything fishing related is in the 2009 City of Cape Town Beaches Guide, from which much of my historical info gathering is taken. According to ‘this guide‘, trek-netting and shore angling took place on this beach in the past.
Now days, while not overly popular, some Fishermen still make use of the rocky outcrops to do some shore-fishing.