The Beach Guide

Africa's Top 100+ Beaches

  • Clifton Beach // South Africa

    Clifton Beach
    © Philip Massie

    Sitting right next door to Cape Town's other premiere beach (Camps Bay) is Clifton beach. The backdrop here is equally stunning with one of Cape Town's best known mountains, Lion's Head, rising up directly behind and the Twelve Apostles looming to the south. The sugar-white sand that forms Clifton is dived up into four, just about distinct, beaches. These are… read more »

  • Hout Bay // South Africa

    Hout Bay
    © Werner L

    Hout Bay (in English, it means 'Wood Bay') is a picturesque resort and fishing port that lies 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of the city of Cape Town. Surrounded by magnificent mountains on all but one side, Hout Bay backs onto the famous Table Mountain National Park to the north and majestic Chapman's Peak range to the south. The dramatic… read more »

  • Anse Source d'Argent // Seychelles

    Anse Source d'Argent
    © Iakov Kalinin / 123RF

    Located in the North of La Digue island is Anse Source d'Argent beach, a little slice of tropical paradise.

    Powdery white sand is offset by towering granite boulders worn smooth by the passage of time. Palm trees sway gently in the breeze and the water is clear and blue.

    Protected by an offshore coral reef the sea here is always… read more »

  • Anse Lazio // Seychelles

    Anse Lazio
    Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

    Anse Lazio in the Seychelles is the archetypal tropical beach that sets the standard for all others. 

    Set in Chevalier Bay on the north western tip of Praslin island, Anse Lazio is a broad swathe of soft white sand flanked by granite boulders at each end and a thick fringing of palm and takamaka trees behind. The inviting clear blue water… read more »

  • Anse Intendance // Seychelles

    Anse Intendance
    © Igor Chaikovsky

    Anse Intendance is the best known of Mahé's beaches and probably for good reason. Set in a bay backed by lush tropical vegetation, this half mile stretch of white coral sand really does have a feel of paradise about it. 

    Whilst the beach feels very much unspoilt a look behind the coconut palms will reveal some of the Seychelles most exclusive… read more »

  • Camps Bay // South Africa

    Camps Bay
    © jborzicchi

    Camps Bay is without doubt Cape Town's premiere beach. Located in an upmarket suburb of this South African city, the beach here is as spectacular as it is popular. The palm fringed stretch of white sand that make up Camps Bay sits between the towering Lion's Head and equally imposing Twelve Apostles. This is the Atlantic coast and the ocean… read more »

  • Coffee Bay // South Africa

    Coffee Bay
    © matejh

    Coffee Bay is situated on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape and the beach's name in a way reflects this. The story goes that in 1893 a ship carrying coffee beans was driven ashore here during a storm. Somehow a fair few of these beans managed to take root and so the bay was named. Unfortunately you'll be wasting… read more »

  • Boulders Beach // South Africa

    Boulders Beach

    Situated on the western side of Cape Town's False Bay is the delightful sheltered cove of Boulders Beach. Crystal clear water meets soft white sand in a series of little "covelets" between enormous, weather worn granite boulders which date back half a billion years.

    Boulders is undoubtedly one of Cape Town's finest beaches, but that isn't why it is also… read more »

  • Hobie Beach // South Africa

    Hobie Beach
    © Michael Jung

    Port Elizabeth's Hobie beach is considered one of the best on the so-called "Sunshine Coast", which sounds like a glowing endorsement to me! Apparently, along with mild winters, there are more sunny days over this way than anywhere else in South Africa.
    Whilst Hobie beach doesn't have the Blue Flag award some of its neighbours do, it has everything else… read more »

  • Llandudno Beach // South Africa

    Llandudno Beach
    © Gorillabutter / CC BY

    Set between Hout Bay and Camps Bay on Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard, Llandudno Beach is only about 15 minutes from the city centre. Unsurprisingly, this is one of Cape Town's most popular beaches and is a particular favourite with families.

    The pretty little crescent of white sand that forms Llandudno beach is flanked by giant, weather-worn boulders. To the rear of… read more »

  • Noordhoek // South Africa

    Noordhoek
    © Andrew massyn

    Located at the foot of Chapman's Peak at the base of the Cape Peninsula are the expansive sands of Noordhoek beach. This picturesque stretch of sand runs for eight kilometre (5 mile) between the suburb of Noordhoek towards Kommetjie lighthouse.

    Given its wide, open and exposed nature it is often quite breezy at Noordhoek. This makes it a good spot for… read more »

  • Jeffreys Bay // South Africa

    Jeffreys Bay
    © Julien Carnot / CC BY

    Jeffreys Bay, in the Eastern Cape Province sits a short distance from the most southerly point along this coast at Cape St Francis. The vast golden sand beach here runs for miles along the warm, emerald waters of the Indian Ocean.

    There is so much to do, as Jeffreys Bay is one of the world's most famous (and best) surfing… read more »

  • Anse Georgette // Seychelles

    Anse Georgette
    Didi0032

    Beautifully positioned in a secluded cove on the north western tip of Praslin is the beach of Anse Georgette. A heaven for sunseekers with soft white coral sands backed by tropical palm forest complete with tropical birds nesting in the trees. 

    Given this is the Seychelles it is pretty difficult to choose any one particular beach as being better. However, Anse… read more »

  • Paternoster beach // South Africa

    Paternoster beach
    © Adele Van Schalkwyk

    Paternoster is a small, laid back fishing village within a stones throw (well, 150km) of Cape Town. With its attractive cluster of whitewashed cottages and long sweep of pristine sand it is little surprise this is a popular weekend getaway spot for Capetonians. If you are a fan of seafood and like long walks on white sand beaches, watching the… read more »

  • Durban North Beach // South Africa

    Durban North Beach
    © Michael Jung

    Set to the North of the harbour (hence the North bit) running from the Bay of Plenty and Dairy Beach is Durban's North Beach. The beach sits at the heart of the much redeveloped Durban beach-front which is aptly named "Golden Mile" or "Durbs by the sea" as some locals call it. Development of the Golden Mile began back in… read more »