Africa's Top 100+ Beaches

  • Petite Anse // Seychelles

    Petite Anse
    Fabio Achilli

    Petite Anse is a peaceful bay that allows for relaxing in the sun and swimming in crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean. You will see time-worn granite boulders jutting out of the water, and the beach is surrounded by a beautiful verdant tropical forest. The sand here is powder soft and white - this is somewhere enjoy taking a break… 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Bloubergstrand // South Africa

    Bloubergstrand
    © SkyPixels / CC BY

    Bloubergstrand is a suburb of on the northern fringes of Cape Town. Its meaning is literally "Blue Mountain Beach", which is owed to the fact that in the middle of the day, the rising oil on the eucalyptus leaves refracts the sun and makes the haze look blue from a distance.

    The "mountain" part refers to Cape Town's iconic… read more »

  • Scarborough // South Africa

    Scarborough
    © SkyPixels / CC BY

    Sitting on Cape Town's exposed Atlantic Seaboard, at the base of the long finger-like peninsula which extends to the Cape of Good Hope, is the little beachside village of Scarborough. Despite being only a short drive from the city the beach here feels pretty wild and sits on the edge of the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The large swathe of… read more »

  • Anse Major // Seychelles

    Anse Major
    Njohn5188

    Once you get to Anse Major, it is a beautiful secluded beach with everything you would expect from a Seychellois beach; white sands and turquoise waters, surrounded by palm trees and other lush green vegetation. The waters can be a little choppy, but they are refreshing and welcoming, especially after you have braved the hike to the beach.

    Probably the… read more »

  • Anse Takamaka // Seychelles

    Anse Takamaka
    Jean-Marie Hullot

    Anse Takamaka gets its name from the rich green takamaka trees that form a backdrop to this smooth white sand beach. One of the best beaches on Mahe Island, this beach is not to be confused with the other Takamaka beach on neighbouring Praslin Island. The beach here is slopes gently into the clear shallow waters of the Indian Ocean… read more »

  • Anse Beau Vallon // Seychelles

    Anse Beau Vallon
    Jean-Marie Hullot

    Anse Beau Vallon is one of the most popular beaches in Mahe and it isn't difficult to see why. The beach is a long crescent of sand backed by by shady palm trees and takamaka trees. The sand on the beach is near pure white and smooth, and there are boulders dotted throughout the beautiful landscape. The waters are a… read more »

  • Anse Volbert // Seychelles

    Anse Volbert
    Daria

    Anse Volbert Beach is the most popular beach on Praslin, and for good reason. This is yet another Seychellois archetypal tropical gem; the sand is pure white, the water is clear and turquoise, and the backdrop of palm trees provides plenty of shade and completes the paradise feel.

    But Anse Volbert has more to offer than just relaxing in these idylic… read more »

  • Grande Anse // Seychelles

    Grande Anse
    dronepicr

    Grande Anse is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Seychelles island of La Digue. Not to be confused with Grande l'Anse beach, it is also a beautiful stretch of powder white sand bookmarked by headlands of large granite boulders, and the waters are the same stunning turquoise blue. There are not many visitors here as it is… read more »

  • Legzira // Morocco

    Legzira
    Yassine 1312

    One of the most unique and beautiful beaches you'll find anywhere, Legzira Beach is famous for its huge rock arch. There were oririnally two arches, but one collapsed in late 2016. The second arch is at risk as the ocean continues to erode the red sandstone from which it is formed. The arch is accessible at low tide, and it… read more »

  • Muizenberg // South Africa

    Muizenberg

    Sitting at the western end of the huge curve of sand that make up False Bay, Muizenberg is rightfully one of Cape Town's best known beaches. The beach is around 200 metres of soft white sand which backs onto the laid back seaside town of Muizenberg.

    The sandy stretch which forms the northern shore of False bay itself goes on… read more »