Struisbaai at a glance
Struisbaai is synonymous with fishing and attracts thousands of keen anglers and holidaymakers to its shores every year.
It is also fast evolving as a kite surfing mecca and the town now boasts a number of businesses catering to this niche sporting market.
The main beach offers a wind-protected flat water bay renowned for its safe swimming conditions and attracts thousands of sun and surf enthusiasts during the summer months. Other leisure activities include diving, hiking, horse riding and quad biking.
But, ultimately, there can be little doubt that fishing remains the huge attraction.
Black Marlin is no stranger to the waters of Struisbaai. In fact, the town is the home of the annual Two Oceans Marlin (catch and release) Competition. Apart from Black Marlin, keen anglers stream to the area whose waters also offer such rich fare as cob, Steenbras and yellowtail. This bountiful variety of sea life is said to occur because of the mixing of currents from the Atlantic and Indian oceans which meet at Agulhas on Africa's southernmost tip, less than five kilometres from Struisbaai.
One of the main attractions of the area is the town's old fishing village which nestles on the outcrop of the beautiful natural harbour. Here, the whitewashed fishermen's cottages and the harbour area becomes a bustling hub of activity during the summer months when the fishing season is in full swing.
But while Struisbaai may be a fisherman's idea of heaven, this coastal settlement situated some 200km from Cape Town has many other features to attract interest.
Situated a mere four kilometres from Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of the African continent, Struisbaai is also famous for its unspoilt coastline. The town has the longest beach in the southern hemisphere, whose pristine white sands stretch for an uninterrupted 14 kilometres.
The origins of the name, Struisbaai, remain debatable. There are apparently three different versions.
One is that the name is associated with the thatch or straw that adorns the roofs of the town's fishermen's cottages.
Another is that ostriches ("struisvogel" in Dutch) were indigenous to the area.
Lastly, that the name originated from the Dutch word meaning "huge" which is attributed to the town's record-breaking uninterrupted stretch of beach.
The town-centre is sprinkled with cafés, eateries and fine dining restaurants where "catch of the day" is always on the menu.
There are also unique shops that cater for all tastes and when tiring of the beach, a visit to the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and local museums are always popular activities.
Over the years, Struisbaai has transformed itself from a quiet seaside village into a bustling community.
There are 256 properties situated in housing estates, 3 008 freehold houses and 49 sectional title units in Struisbaai.
With a population in the region of 5 000 people, the area has seen a huge upswing of younger buyers. In 2018 alone, 38% of property transactions were concluded for buyers in the 18 to 35-year age bracket. But the bulk of the Struisbaai population, 42 %, is made up of homeowners aged between 50 and 64 years.
With 97 house sales in 2018, and a further whopping 125 sales concluded for vacant land, there can be little doubt about the growing popularity of this charming seaside town.