I recently started a Travel Series as to why more travelers should visit this amazing country. You can read my first blog post here: Why you should visit South Africa now!
In this post, I look at some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa, Africa and maybe even the world!
Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town
Known as the premier tourist destination for beaches in Cape Town, Camps Bay Beach is a Blue Flag Beach* and is the largest white sand beach in Camps Bay. Camps Bay offers a variety of accommodation to suit your budget and there are also more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars along the beachfront.
North Beach, Durban
North Beach is situated on Durban’s Golden Mile and the recently developed Promenade. The beach is flanked by two piers and is protected by shark nets and lifesavers. North Beach has terrific surfing conditions and you can often see the surfers jumping off the piers to catch waves. Along the Promenade you will find restaurants and cafes as well as skate park and rickshaw rides!
Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape
Located on the Sunshine Coast, Kenton-on-Sea offers many beaches and activities to do along its coastline. Here you can find Kariega Beach, Shelly Beach Boknes Beach and Middle Beach – which all offer warm waters and picturesque views! Kariega Beach is situated just in front of a nature reserve where time can be spent by the whole family. Middle Beach offers 6 ft deep pools along the shore. At low tide on Shelly Beach is the perfect opportunity for snorkeling, scuba diving and exploring the rock pools.
Santos Beach, Mossel Bay
Santos Beach is located in Mossel Bay along the Garden Route. It is a Blue Flag Beach* and during the peak seasons, lifeguards are on the beach every day to assist the hoards of people who visit. Live entertainment is also provided at selected times of the year for a very local experience!
Beachwood Mangroves, Durban
Beachwood Mangroves is a protected mangrove estuary north of the Umgeni River Mouth. A boardwalk into the mangroves allows you to view the wildlife within the nature reserve made up of red, black and white mangroves, mudskippers, fiddler crabs, kingfishers and other bird species. The boardwalk comes to an end on a secluded beach which makes for perfect relaxation after a romantic walk.
Clifton, Cape Town
Clifton is made up of four beaches. First beach is the least crowded where locals go in the privacy of apartment building towering over the beach. It also attracts surfers, having the strongest waves of the four beaches. Second beach is a young zone – chilling twenty-somethings, playing volleyball or soaking up the sun. Third beach is a gay-friendly beach and attracts mostly the guys in the LGBT community. Fourth beach is the most popular, attracting locals and tourists alike. It is family oriented and is one of the most popular beaches in South Africa.
Cape Vidal, St. Lucia
Cape Vidal is located between the St. Lucia Marine Reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It is surrounded by wetlands and coastal forest offering rock pools, sheltered beaches and ledges. Low tide is perfect for snorkeling and during the winter, you can witness the humpback whales heading north to Mozambique to give birth. Other activities at the beach include fishing and swimming. You can also see a variety of bird life and troops of vervet monkeys roaming around.
Boulder’s Beach, Simon’s Town
Boulder’s Beach has amazing granite boulder formations from which the name originated. It is famous for being home to the African or Jackass Penguins. The water is warmer than the other Cape Town beaches and this beach is under the protection of the Cape Nature Reserve. The colony of penguins are on the verge of extinction and are therefore well protected here. A long boardwalk leads you to the beach where you can view and take pictures of the penguins in their natural habitat.
Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth
This beach is famous for its activities – sunbathing, swimming, surfing, canoeing and sail boarding. It is popular with the locals and travelers in the warmer months. There are rock pools and its inter-tidal sealife is great for kids to explore – they can find crabs, starfish and octopus!
Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay
If you’re looking for a secluded beach for a romantic walk or picnic, Diaz beach at the Cape Point is your answer. The low cliffs make for a dramatic effect with the waves crashing against them. depending on the tide, currents here are fairly strong so swimming is not recommended however, it’s great for body boarders and surfers. Walking along the shoreline in ankle-deep water is a favorite here. The views of the beach from the cliffs is breath-taking so photos and selfies are a must!
Port St Johns, Wild Coast
Port St Johns is a hit among old-time travelers, explorers and backpackers as it is one of the friendliest places in South Africa. Deep sea fishing and shore angling is common amongst the locals here and “fishing trips” are often planned for this destination. Whale and dolphin watching are recommended as well as the Cultural Experience Hike in and around the Silaka Nature Reserve, complete with a traditional Xhosa meal!
Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
Bloubergstrand offers you a full, amazing view of table mountain from the ground as well as views of Robben Island and the Mother City. Bloubergstrand white washed sand and rock pools are the main attractions. the beach is also popular for sun tanners, ball games and surfers.
Nahoon, East London
Along the Buffalo City coastline lies Nahoon Beach which is named after a local Xhosa chief. The beach is secluded with an estuary. Nahoon Beach produces magnificent waves and is the go-to destination for many national surfing competitions. This beach is your answer for soaking up the sun, surfing, hikes, kite surfing as well as fly fishing in the estuary.
Willard Beach, Ballito
Willard Beach is location in Ballito along the Dolphin Coast. It is a Blue Flag Beach ensuring a safe environment for patrons in the water and on the shore. It also offers great conditions for both surfing and body boarding with competitions being held here regularly. Willard Beach has a host of tourist accommodation and amenities close by. It is great for families and long walks.
Muizenberg, Cape Town
Considered as the birthplace of surfing in South Africa, Muizenberg Beach offers warmer waters to its surfing community. It is also a Blue Flag Beach and offers colourful beach huts along the sand. The friendly beach also has a pavilion which offers water slides, kiosks, a swimming pool, and putt-putt course.
*What is a Blue Flag Beach?
A Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches, boats and marina’s that meet EXCELLENCE in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. The strict criteria of the programme are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).