St Helena Bay
|Saint Helena Bay
St Helena Bay
|• Total||26.92 km2 (10.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||29.7%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||7390|
The town is located on the shore of the bay, from which it derives its name and is approximately 150 km north of Cape Town, South Africa. It surrounds the town of Vredenburg and is located across the bay from Laaiplek.
The bay was named Saint Helena after a devout, influencal Christian and mother of Constantine I. This location was also the first where a battle between the indigenous Khoikhoi people and a European explorer took place.
Saint Helena Bay is a major fishing town. It is home to Sandy Point Harbor - one of two ports to the bay, (the other being in Laaiplek) on the West Coast of South Africa. In winter it is host to many fishing activities, where snoek is found in its waters, as well as an endangered species of rock lobster and crayfish.
Saint Helena Bay is the only area along the South African West Coast where the sun rises across the bay. The reason for this is its unique location, where by the town itself faces north east and almost north.
The region of Saint Helena Bay is sub-divided into various suburbs, namely (from east to west): Laingville, West Point, Steenberg's Cove, Hannasbaai, Britanica Heights, Harbour Lights, Sandy Point, Blueberry Hill, Columbine, Mid-West and it incorporates the neighbouring towns of Stompneusbaai and Britiannia Bay.
- "Main Place Saint Helena Bay". Census 2011.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 395.
- Op Pad in Suid-Afrika. BPJ Erasmus 1995. ISBN 1-86842-026-4