South Africa boasts some of the finest beaches in the world. From the pristine coastal stretch of Kwa Zulu Natal's Cape Vidal to the Eastern Cape's wildest Wild Coast, from the penguin colony of Boulders Beach in the Western Cape to the sun-drenched shores of Camps Bay - when it comes to beaches, South Africa win, hands down.



The Blue Flag concept is an international campaign that has been keenly adopted by South African tourism, environmental and hospitality authorities. The Blue Flag award is a way of informing local and foreign visitors that accredited beaches are clean, safe and most importantly - environmentally safe.

It must be said that South African beaches are so much more than a haven for sun-worshippers and surfers….. there is so much to see and do along its dramatic coastline. Here are some of the choice beaches in South Africa:


The beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno that dot the Atlantic Seaboard are white and sandy offering beautiful views and spectacular sunsets.

Although the water is very chilly, on a hot summer day it does make for a refreshing dip. These are generally the more 'trendy' beaches where many locals spend their weekends.

Cape Town has some of the best beaches in the world to offer, so if you're a sand-and-sea lover be sure to take some time out to relax and soak up the sun.

From the family beaches on the False Bay coastline to the trendy Clifton beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard - you're sure to find a stretch of sand that suits your fancy.




  • False Bay Beaches

  • Hout Bay


    The Garden Route is known for its natural scenic beauty. Not only is the area a forest within a forest, the beaches are spectacular.


    A little way from the arty town of Knysna, you will find the little town of Noetzie, famous for the three romantic beach castles situated on the beach, and keen photographer's can't help but snap up the opportunity to take pictures. Not too far away you'll find the pristine sands of Buffels Bay, definitely worth a visit for some serious rest and relaxation.

    Plettenberg Bay

    `Plett' is one of South Africa's favourite holiday playgrounds, and for good reason. The gorgeous bay is home to two incredible beaches, namely Robberg and Lookout Beach. Robberg beach is a real winner with visitors for it's whale watching success rate and Lookout Beach offers incredible views of the Outeniqua Mountain range. Lookout, predictably, is the perfect spot to catch a bright pink sunset… it fades over the ocean's horizon.


    The Eastern Cape is home to some fine beaches. The beaches of Port Elizabeth and East London are surfing hotspots and the Wild Coast is famous for its craggy landscapes and extravagantly beautiful beaches that go on as far as the eye can see.

    Port St John's, Wild Coast
    A favorite destination along the Wild Coast, Port St John's offers up an incredible stretch of coastline. Second Beach at Port St John's is a tropical paradise and nature lovers find it hard to leave this haven. The beaches of Port St John's are fantastic for swimming and a nearby lagoon is a great place to have fun in the sun.

    Humewood Beach, Port Elizabeth
    The friendly city of Port Elizabeth is known for its wonderful beaches, protected gently by the curves of Algoa Bay. These sandy playgrounds are superbly safe for swimming and surfing. King' Beach is a favourite, but it's Humewood Beach that is hauling in the accolades. The beach recently won Blue Flag status and for good reason. Not only does the beach offer best environmental practice, there are also top-class facilities for visitors. Don't forget to include a visit to the nearby Snake Park and witness the playfulness of the dolphins at the Oceanarium.

    East London's Best
    A visit to the laid back city of East London would not be complete without exploring the thriving beach culture. The beachfront area is a wonderful combination of sand dunes, rock outcrops and wonderful views of the ocean. Orient Beach is great for swimming, and the black rocks of Eastern Beach are great for taking photographs and exploration. Nahoon Beach and Gonubie Beach are spectacular for long walks.


The beaches of KZN are a veritable wonderland for any outdoor-lover. The Natal coastline is blessed with fantastic weather all year round and the beaches along both North and South Coasts are absolutely sublime.

  • Cape Vidal, Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park
    The beach at Cape Vidal has to be one of the finest in the country. Here, long stretches of snow-white sand go on forever and ever…. This is a wonderful spot for a long, languid stroll followed by a dip in the ocean to cool off. It is a real adventure to explore the many rock pools along this beach, and the area is also known as an excellent spot to sight humpback whales during October.

  • Umhlanga Rocks, KZN
    Not too far away from the bustling city centre of Durban lies Umhlanga Rocks. The beaches of Umhlanga come alive during the South African school holidays, and offer a veritable feast of fun for the whole family. Wonderful rock pools, excellent swimming areas, warm tidal pools and a bona fide working lighthouse all make a visit to Umhlanga a worthwhile experience. Of course the fact that the beachfront restaurants and ice-cream parlors are just a stone's throw from the ocean are also a major plus factor.

  • South Beach, Durban
    South Beach is known to some as the Miami of Durban. This fantastic beach has achieved Blue Flag status because of its pristine condition, and locals as well as our international visitors absolutely adore the place. There is so much to do at this beachfront - why not visit the Sea World aquarium and enjoy the antics of performing dolphins and penguins, or visit the shark tank and test your nerves. Alongside the beachfront there are local hawkers selling authentic goods - Zulu beadwork and baskets, beautiful woodwork and handicrafts - and you may even get to catch a ride with the local rickshaw….!

  • Margate, South Coast
    Margate Beach lies along what is known as the Hibiscus Coast, and is the fun capital of the Kwa Zulu Natal South Coast. A fantastic stretch of beach draws the crowds during holiday season. This is hot chocolate sundae and hamburger heaven…and that's just for starters. There is lots to see and do in an around Margate's Main Beach, so don't forget to visit the local restaurants, shop up a storm at the village shops or lose your heart to the local artists and their beautiful wares. Margate's Main beach has also been awarded Blue Flag status for the quality experience it offers to visitors and for the fact that the area is environmentally sound.





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