Crystal clear rolling waves crashing onto long white sandy beaches surrounded by dramatic settings of greenery and mountains makes South Africa’s beaches among the best in the world. Coastlines that stretch more than 2400 kilometres, consisting of vast unspoiled beaches and the trendiest hotspots to provide you with the best entertainment on your holiday. Here are 13 of the best beach holiday spots in South Africa.
Camps Bay Beach
Camps Bay beach sits at the foot of the twelve apostles mountain range with trendy cafes, bars and restaurants set on the mountainside and sparkling blue water, soft white sand and palm trees falling beach side. Take a stroll on the long beach strip, set up a rental deck chair and bask in the warmth of the sun while working on your tan or enjoy a cocktail at one of the trendy sidewalk bars and café’s across from the beach. This beach has everything a holidaymaker could ever want.
An area where you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beach selection. The affluent suburb of Clifton boasts four magnificent beaches which are titled simply Clifton 1, 2, 3 and 4. Naturally protected from the wind these beaches attract many visitors both locally and tourists alike. These beaches are well worth the visit.
On the Atlantic Ocean with the Benguela Current, Blouberg beach is a seemingly endless beach situated close enough to delight in the charmed view of Table Mountain. Perfect for surfers or vacationers to choose between joining the crowd or relaxing more privately. With the ideal conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing, Blouberg beach is a great visit for thrill seekers.
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Muizenberg, a firm favourite with surfers and swimmers due to the warmer waters and good swells. Not only popular amongst swimmers and surfers, but the multi-coloured changing huts and the long stretch of beach attract many photo happy visitors to get the best Instagram worthy pictures possible. There are also a variety of beachfront restaurants where beachgoers can grab a bite to eat.
If whale spotting is on your bucket list then this is the beach for you! Known as the best land-based whale watching site in the world, this beach stretches over 11 miles around Walker Bay in Hermanus. There is ample amount of space to watch the Southern Right Whales frolic in the bay, best seen between June and November.
If you’ve ever been to Paternoster, you’d agree that the standout attraction is the endless stretch of deserted white sandy beach. Think spectacular sunsets, succulent West Coast seafood, brightly painted wooden boats and friendly fishermen. The long white sandy beaches are perfect for a nice stroll and the beach. Paternoster beach is very popular for whale and dolphin watching and enjoying delicious seafood from any of the little restaurants surrounding the stretch of beach.
If you blink when driving past this small town, you may miss it. It may be small but it sure packs a beautiful punch. Scenic beaches which can only be accessed by dirt roads make it a completely secluded picturesque piece of paradise. Famous for its blue oceans, tidal pools, fishing and surfing, this is truly a relaxing getaway spot.
Popular with scuba divers this beautiful sea town is a firm favourite for holiday-makers during the December and January times. This incredibly long stretch of pristine beach is perfect to explore. Summer nights to see Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles coming in to nest on this sandy beach. Not only a great beach holiday but for the avid horse riders you can go horse riding on the beach and in the reserve. Bird watchers and hikers have the option of a 5 km walking trail through the coastal forests and sand dunes too.
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Durban’s popular vacation location, situated on the southern end of the Golden Mile. Known as a safe place for beginner surfers, it’s the perfect getaway if you have an active lifestyle. There is also the option to hire a canoe or bicycle and explore this incredible strip of beach. Beachfront hotels, restaurants and trendy nightclubs line the palm-fringed shoreline. Take a stroll on the promenade and grab a delicious traditional meal and moreish cocktails at moyo Ushaka
his is one of the most popular beach getaways for locals and holiday-makers alike and it’s no wonder with the warm Indian Ocean and gorgeous golden sands. The town has a great nightlife, delicious restaurants and is a stone throw away from Durban’s largest shopping centre, The Gateway Theatre Of Shopping. The lighthouse sets a beautiful backdrop to this beach while having sundowners on the Lighthouse Hotel’s balcony.
The rocky Dolphin Coast in KZN provides the perfect exploration vacation. This beach town has a festive atmosphere all year round with a few beautiful beaches to choose from. During the December Christmas period, Ballito is buzzing with holiday-makers giving this town a vibe like no other.
One of the top rated surf spots in the world, Jeffrey’s Bay, or J-Bay is known as the surf capital of South Africa. International surfers flock to catch the legendary waves surrounded by a paradise of sunshine. Not only for international surfers, visitors come from all parts of South Africa to experience the fun of J-Bay.
East London’s most popular beach, Nahoon is perfect for lazing on soft sand or swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, and the surf on this beach will provide surfers with epic waves. A favourite activity for most visitors; a stroll on the boardwalk through the dunes, this is a beach that will not disappoint.