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South African Blue Flag Beaches

South Africa's coastline sparkles! No less than 41 South African beaches and five marinas have been awarded international Blue Flag status for the 2013/14 season for excelling in safety, cleanliness, provision of amenities and environmental information and management.

The programme also provides environmental accreditation to whale-watching boats, as well as commercial and private boats. In 2013, for the first time, marine protected areas (MPAs) were included in the International Blue Flag Criteria.

Blue Flag is the prestigious, voluntary eco-label for beaches, marinas and boats that is recognised as a trusted symbol of quality. It is regarded by the World Tourism Organisation as the most well-known international eco-label and gives local and foreign visitors the knowledge that their beaches are clean, environmentally sound and adhere to international safety and other tourist standards.

The Blue Flag website offers information on each beach's location, number of lifeguards, parking, average water temperature, special birds or animals that can be seen, as well as available facilities.

South Africa's Blue Flag beaches 2013/14

Eastern Cape

· Boknes Beach, near Port Alfred

· Dolphin Beach, Jeffrey's Bay

· Humewood Beach, Port Elizabeth

· Kariega Beach, Kenton-on-Sea

· Kelly's Beach, Port Alfred

· Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth

· Middle Beach, Kenton-on-Sea

· Kleinemonde Beach


· Alkantstrand, Richards Bay

· Lucien Beach, South Coast

· Marina/San Lameer Beach, South Coast

· Southport, South Coast

· Trafalgar Beach, South Coast

· Umzumbe (Pumula) Beach, South Coast

Northern Cape

· McDougalls Bay Beach, Port Nolloth (Richtersveld)

Western Cape

· Bikini Beach, Gordon's Bay

· Brenton-on-Sea, near Knysna

· Buffalo Bay beach, near Knysna

· Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town

· Clifton 4th Beach, Cape Town

· De Bakke, Mossel Bay

· Gouritsmond, near Mossel Bay

· Grotto Beach, Hermanus

· Hartenbos Beach, Mossel Bay

· Hawston Beach, near Hermanus

· Keurboomstrand, near Plettenberg Bay

· Kleinbrak Beach, near George

· Kleinmond Beach, near Hermanus

· Lappiesbaai Beach, Stilbaai

· Llandudno, Cape Town

· Mnandi Beach, Cape Town

· Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

· Natures' Valley, near Plettenberg Bay

· Preekstoel, near Still Bay

· Robberg 5th, Plettenberg Bay

· Santos Beach, Mossel Bay

· Silwerstroom, Cape Town

· Strandfontein Beach, near Cape Town

· Strandfontein Beach, Vredendal, West Coast

· Wilderness Beach, near George

· Witsand Beach, mouth of the Breede River

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