There is nothing like spending your summer vacations by the beach, and in South Africa, the beaches are plentiful. Not to mention some of the most beautiful there are in the world. Perfectly suited to meet everyone’s swimming, tanning, surfing, snorkeling, and even scuba diving needs, spending time on the beach is a great way to unwind and let your troubles simply be washed away.
Let’s take a look at ten of the best beaches that South Africa has to offer, in no particular order, helping you find your ideal destination.
1. Golden Mile – Durban
Durban’s coastline is one of the most incredible in the world, and the Golden Mile beachfront is no exception. A world-renowned destination for both vacationers and surfers alike, Durban’s South Beach promenade has much to offer along the lines of restaurants, nightclubs, and accommodation, along with this amazing stretch of the warm Indian Ocean.
2. Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town
A mere 10-minute, breathtaking drive from Cape Town’s city center lies the ever-popular Camps Bay Beach in Clifton. Fitting to the teeth with shops, bars, restaurants, café’s, and the like, this stretch of the city has something for everyone. Swimming, walking, and hiking are among the most popular activities and provides a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the fast pace of city life, and British Airways flights can get you there easily.
3. Santos Beach, Mossel Bay
Nestled along the infamous Garden Route of South Africa, Mossel Bay is home to the sublime Santos Beach. Hosting white sands and small waves, Santos Beach is the ideal family vacation spot, especially for the kids. The golf club, restaurants, and ice-cream parlors should provide more than enough to do while visiting the small coastal town nearby are always a treat.
4. Dolphin Coast, Ballito
Situated a mere 40-kilometers from Durban, the Dolphin Coast has been aptly named after the numerous Bottlenose Dolphin sightings. Kitted with two tidal pools and excellent beaches for swimming, the Dolphin Coast is a must for families with young children, and those looking for a getaway a little out of the city.
5. Paternoster Beach, West Coast
Paternoster Beach is littered with the local whitewash houses of this quaint fishing community, attracting visitors with the abundance of whale and dolphin sightings, and the possibility of penguins too. Fresh seafood can be bought and eaten daily, bought from the local, and vibrantly colorful fishing boats.
6. Grotto Beach
A Blue Flag beach stretching 18-kilometers with an infinite horizon is what awaits those ready to be spoilt. A great place for hikers and joggers, this seemingly never-ending stretch of beach is close to your accommodation, and enjoying a sundowner on the beach is an everyday treat.
7. Dolphin Beach, Jeffrey’s Bay
Touted as a world-class surf destination, Jeffrey’s Bay is home to some of the best beaches the country has to offer. The chilled and relaxed atmosphere and locals, make Jeffrey’s bay an absolute pleasure to visit, and the waves down at the beach are not too bad either.
8. Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth
Famous for its swimming, tanning, and the beach games, Hobie Beach is spun along the coast of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Sunbathing and beach volleyball are regular activities seen on the beach, while children are often spotted splashing around the rock pools while they search for a multitude of small fish.
9. Kelly Beach, Port Alfred
An award-winning Blue Flag beach, Keely Beach is home to some of the cleanest and clearest waters on the South African coast. The demarcated swimming areas for parents and children make keeping an eye in the little ones a breeze while renting a body board for the day will allow them to handle the beach’s gentle swell.
10. Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay
Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, this gem leaves vacationers spoilt for choice, and in awe of the landscapes sheer splendor. Kitted with restaurants and accommodation to suit every need, Central Beach really is the place to be to see and do it all this summer.
A beach vacation is always one that is going to be remembered, so why not make it the best one that you can, and try a little African twist the next time you see the sea.