Africa's Top 100+ Beaches

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Ile aux Cerfs // Mauritius

    Ile aux Cerfs
    clry2

    Île aux Cerfs, or Deer Island, is a small 87-hectare private island off the east coast of Mauritius. If you thought the beaches of the main island where stunning, wait until you see Île aux Cerfs Beach for yourself.

    While Île aux Cerfs Beach has the white sands typical of Mauritius, backed by indigenous casuarina trees and fronted by warm turquoise… read more »

  • 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 »

  • Langebaan - Paradise Beach // South Africa

    Langebaan - Paradise Beach
    © Werner Bayer / CC BY

    This aptly named Paradise Beach is found on the eastern shore of the Saldanha Bay in not far north of Cape Town. A long sweeping crescent of white sands and the blue ocean, the immediate backdrop are steep dunes with stunning mountain views beyond. This is a busy resort beach and there are any number of activities available; you… 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 »

  • Pennington Beach // South Africa

    Pennington Beach
    © Darren Glanville / CC BY

    Visitors can discover the attractive and unspoilt Pennington Beach 75 kilometres south of Durban, the region's foremost city, on KwaZulu-Natal's South Coast. Attractive to many because of its relative lack of development, the town of Pennington sits above its beach on a hillside that provides great views across the expanse of the Indian Ocean.

    Alluring to native birdlife as well… read more »

  • Nature's Valley // South Africa

    Nature's Valley
    © Paul Venter

    With a name like Nature's Valley, it's fitting that this beach lies on the stretch of South African coast known as the Garden Route. Reaching from sheer cliffs at one end to the mouth of the Groot River at the other, Nature's Valley Beach is approximately one kilometre in length.

    Its pristine sands are matched by the Indian Ocean and the… read more »

  • Flic en Flac Beach // Mauritius

    Flic en Flac Beach
    Starts

    With a name that probably comes from the Old Dutch for 'free flat land', Flic en Flac Beach is one of the longest public beaches on Mauritius. Lying approximately 15 kilometres south of the capital, Port Louis, it sits on the island's west coast. It is roughly 13 kilometres long.

    Comprising gorgeous white coral sand, its shallows form a lagoon created… 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »