Bikini Beach is reputed to have received its name from the bikinis worn by female students from nearby University of Stellenbosch, for whom this beach has been special. Bikini beach is situated in the small coastal town of Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape. The beach lies at the foot of the Hottentot’s Holland mountain range. The beach is tucked up against the Gordon’s Bay harbour wall, sheltered from the southerly winds that often blow in the summer months. Due to its location and safe bathing area it is a popular destination for the locals and overseas visitors alike. The beach is sandy, the water is warm, and the locals are very friendly. There are restaurants and hotels within a short walk from the beach with the nearest being located in the adjacent Gordon’s Bay harbour area where excellent seafood can be enjoyed. Lifeguards are on duty during the Blue Flag season (December to March). There is limited parking close to the beach but sufficient parking a short walk away.