Strandfontein Beach is a wonderful Blue Flag beach set along the False Bay coast in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town. It is well known for having the biggest tidal swimming pool in the southern hemisphere, where one of the Free Willy movies was filmed. The beach is typical of most West Coast beaches with the addition of an impressive border of ochre cliffs.
The beach is very safe with lifeguards on duty during the Blue Flag season (December to March). Its great for taking long walks on the beach, beachcombing for pretty pebbles, watching the sunset, and whale watching during winter. Other activities include crayfishing, mussel collecting, swimming, and plenty of water sports. Anglers can often be seen on this beach, aiming to catch tasty line fish such as white steenbras and galjoen.
The water is warm, but be warned that in the early summer months, the beach can get rather windy. Facilities include a slipway for launching boats, plenty of parking, a tidal pool for the kids to paddle in, 3 kiosks, a seating area, braai area, and beach vendors selling ice cream, snacks, and cool drinks. Events are often held in summer to entertain and amuse beachgoers, and a public pavilion is available for this purpose.