Strand is part of the Helderberg area which is the most south-eastern point of the Cape Town metropolitan area and within False Bay - i.e. the Indian Ocean (read warmer) side of the peninsula. Its 5 km long Beach Road is lined with a variety of apartment blocks, eateries and shops. The "Golden Mile" (between Lourens River and Strand Central) offers one of the best and safest swimming beaches in South Africa - has in 2008 been awarded as the best family beach in the country.
During the summertime the Melkbaai area draws many local strollers, surfers and swimmers who enjoy Strand beach after sunset. With an average of 11 daylight hours in December and January, this is a typical scene at about at night.
District Mail - 6 Things you did not know about the Helderberg. Strand : (1) Lwandle, Xhosa for “Ocean”, was originally established as hostel-style accommodation for workers in the nearby fruit industry (2) The Basin has been recognised globally as one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spots, including 1 880 different plant species. (3) The kramat (shrine) of Sheikh Yusuf of Bantam, located in Macassar, is one of the South African Muslim community’s holiest places.