Strand is a far western suburb of Cape Town on the north coast of False Bay, just south of Somerset West and just west of Gordon's Bay. It is mainly a residential area, but has a small industrial and commercial area along Main Road from Somerset West. Strand, Somerset West and Gordon's Bay are part of the Helderberg suburban region of greater Cape Town. Strand and Gordon's Bay are the recreational seaside area for this part of Cape Town. The beaches are generally large, clean and safe for swimming, but are exposed to the south-easterly wind which is fairly common in summer, and can blow more strongly along the shore than further inland. The coast on this area is also fairly exposed to the south-westerly swell which is the prevailing direction for most of the year, and there is usually some surf, but the seabed shelves very gradually, so the surf is usually not very strong and rip currents are not common.
From Cape Town follow the N2 highway eastwards and exit on the R44. (about 45km)
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