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South African Beaches

Eastern Cape Beaches

East London - A city with a thriving beach culture, East London’s Orient Beach has good swimming, while the black rocks of Eastern Beach are great for photo ops. Alternately, enjoy a long stroll down Nahoon or Gonubie Beach.

Port Elizabeth - Best loved PE beaches are Humewood (a Blue Flag beach) and King’s Beach. Don’t forget to swing by the oceanarium for an awesome dolphin display.

Port St John's, Wild Coast - A tropical coastline offering great swimming in the waters of the coastal lagoon.

Jeffrey’s Bay - A.K.A J-Bay for short, is a world famous surfing mecca. Apart from the awesome waves and the stoke you’ll find surfing them, there are also plenty of great factory stores selling branded surf clothing and gear.

Western Cape Beaches

Cape Peninsula Beaches

False Bay Beaches

Muizenberg - If you’ve ever wanted to learn to surf, Muizenberg is the place to go. The recently re-furbished, yet still charmingly relaxed beachfront strip is littered with surf schools, surf gear & lifestyle shops and great restaurants and cafes.

St James - A tidal pool and a string of colourful wooden changing booths are the main features of this small, sheltered family-friendly beach. Rock pools galore for exploring.

Fish Hoek - A wide smile of a beach, the soft sand and comparatively warm water and a family restaurant right on Fish Hoek beach make this the perfect choice for families. Two fatal shark attacks in recent years have resulted in a step-up in the important work done by the Shark Spotters who fly flags to inform the public on when it’s safest to swim.

Glen Cairn - A beach mostly frequented by locals, Glen Cairn is smaller than Fish Hoek and the waves are bigger. Watch out for riptides. Good for watersports.

Boulders Beach - This pretty beach with sheltered swimming among large boulders offers great protection from the South Easter wind that can blow for days on end in Cape summers. But Boulders is best known for the African Penguin colony that shares the beach and waves with the public.

Scarborough - An untamed, natural spot with incredible waves and exquisite sunsets. Great for summer evening picnics.

Atlantic Seaboard Beaches

Camps Bay - Beautiful beach, beautiful people. Palm tree-lined Camps Bay beach has spectacular views of Lion's Head and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. The ideal spot for sundowners at the many cafes and cocktail bars overlooking the sand.

Clifton - Clifton comprises a handful of small, perfect beaches where squeaky soft, sandy white shores are lapped by aquamarine waves. This is Cape Town’s "millionaire's row" and is frequented by local and international celebs, and film and fashion shoot crews.

Bloubergstrand - Offering picture-perfect views of Table Mountain and Robben Island, Bloubergstrand is popular for kite surfing, and has some great eateries along the beach.

Overberg Beaches

Gordon’s Bay - Just beyond Strand, Gordon’s Bay is a relaxed coastal town with a sandy beach that is frequented by locals and holiday makers. Look out for one of the best second hand bookstores, Bikini Bay Books, across the road from the main beach to find some ideal summer reading material.

Koggelbay - Named for the round stones that resemble canon balls, Koggel Bay is a beautiful beach within a nature reserve. The popular day camping site buzzes every summer.

Hermanus - Notable as one of the best land-based whale watching spots on the planet, Hermanus even holds an annual festival in honour of the Southern Right Whales that come to these shores to calve each winter / spring. The best swimming beach of this idyllic and charming seaside town is Voelklip – not always safe, but in summer there are life guards on duty.

Grotto Beach - One of South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches, Grotto Beach is ideal for whale watching, swimming and sunset strolls. If you’re feeling energetic, take an 18 km walk along the unspoilt Walker Bay coastline from Grotto Beach to De Kelders.

Struisbaai Beach - At 14km, this is the longest uninterrupted sand beach in the entire Southern Hemisphere. Of course it is well known for long beach walks, but also for safe swimming. Bring your camera to capture the charm of the bustling fishing harbour.

Pringle Bay - A long, wide beach with fine white sand, surrounded by sand and set against a backdrop of fynbos-clad mountains covered by unique fynbos.

Garden Route Beaches

Noetzie - Just outside Knysna Noetzie is a small town, best known for three romantic castles on its beach. Nearby, the pristine sands of Buffels Bay beckon.

Plettenberg Bay - Plett is one of South Africa's favourite holiday destinations. Enjoy fun in the sun and surf at either Robberg or Lookout beaches in Plett.

Victoria Bay - Another great surf spot, Vic Bay is a tiny jewel of a beach offering incredible waves to those who know how to use them.

KwaZulu Natal Beaches

Cape Vidal, iSimangaliso Wetland Park - One of the finest beaches in the country, with long stretches of snow-white sand. Visitors can explore the many rock pools along the beach, and sight humpback whales in October.

Umhlanga Rocks - North of Durban, the beaches of Umhlanga come alive during the South African school holidays, offering a feast of fun for the whole family. There's sea swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, rock pools and warm tidal pools.

South Beach, Durban - Part of Durban's world-famous Golden Mile, South Beach is ideal for swimming and surfing. And there's plenty to do along the beachfront besides: hawkers sell Zulu beadwork; baskets, woodwork and handicrafts, and rickshaw drivers ply their trade. And at the end of the Golden Mile, spanning over 15 hectares of prime beachfront, lies uShaka Marine World, Africa's biggest marine theme park.

Margate, South Coast - The fun capital of the KwaZulu-Natal Hibiscus Coast, drawing crowds of mainly young people in the summer holidays.

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