Top South Africa Beaches

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  • Alkantstrand // KwaZulu-Natal

    Alkantstrand
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    The main beach in Richards Bay, a city that provides a gateway into the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Alkantstrand is made up of idyllic white sand between the blues of the Indian Ocean and lush greens of the region's verdant subtropical flora.

    With a name translating from Afrikaans as "both sides of the beach", from the way the warm ocean currents seem to wrap around bathers on… read more »

  • Addington Beach // KwaZulu-Natal

    Addington Beach
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    With a prime location on Durban's Golden Mile next to uShaka Marine World theme park, and just ten minutes from the buzzing restaurants and bars of the city's central business district, Addington Beach is as easy to reach as it is to fall in love with.

    Here you'll find a large flat expanse of richly-coloured sand running alongside the warm waters of South Africa's Indian… read more »

  • Fish Hoek // Western Cape

    Fish Hoek
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    Offering a wide, flat expanse of white sand running for 1.5 kilometres in length, Fish Hoek Beach lies in the town of the same name on False Bay on the Cape Peninsula a short drive away from Cape Town. Facing east into the bay, its waters are much warmer that other beaches on the peninsula, with temperatures of 24°C not uncommon from December to March.

    During… read more »

  • Maclear Beach // Western Cape

    Maclear Beach
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    One of Cape Town's quieter and more secluded beaches, Maclear Beach lies close to Cape Point at the tip of the Cape Peninsula.

    Half hidden behind rocky headlands, the beach is a short walk from the car park through native fynbos vegetation, behind the famous Cape Point sign marking the most south-westerly point in Africa.

    While facing west and out into the Atlantic means the waters off… read more »

  • Macassar Beach // Western Cape

    Macassar Beach

    South Africa's Macassar Beach is located on the eastern shores of False Bay. A short distance from Cape Town, the beach occupies the most unspoilt area of the bay, sitting in front of a belt of protected dunes four kilometres long.

    Macassar Beach itself forms just a part of a continuous ribbon of fine sand that stretches right around this side of False Bay all the… read more »

  • Grotto Beach // Western Cape

    Grotto Beach
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    When you step onto Grotto Beach, you can't fail to be impressed by the vast expanse of sandy beach stretching out to the blue ocean. The beach seems to go on forever with the beach town of Hermanus to one end and a backdrop of mountains and wilderness the other. There is plenty of room on this beach to play games or throw down your… read more »

  • Glencairn Beach // Western Cape

    Glencairn Beach
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    Glencairn Beach can be found on the western shores of False Bay, in the suburb of Glencairn, which is roughly four kilometres north of Simons Town on the Cape Peninsula.

    Easily reached thanks to a train station and plenty of parking, Glencairn Beach is largely used by locals as a place to exercise and let their dogs run around, however it also sees its fair share… read more »

  • Glen Beach // Western Cape

    Glen Beach
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    Cape Town's Glen Beach is made up of white sand and clean waters beloved of surfers looking to test out their skill on the beach breaks. Lying on the Atlantic coastline of the city, it sits beneath the expensive low-rise homes of the Camp's Bay area, backed by the Lion's Head and Twelve Apostles mountains.

    Glen Beach is divided from the more famous Camps Bay… read more »

  • East Beach, Muizenberg // Western Cape

    East Beach, Muizenberg
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    Starting its run right next to Muizenberg train station and the amusements at Muizenberg Water Slides, East Beach lies a short distance south of Cape Town at the neck of the Cape Peninsula. Sheltered by the magnificence of False Bay, East Beach is part of a ribbon of light-coloured sand that continues for 20 kilometres around the bay.

    The flat, wide beach is good for families… read more »

  • Diaz Beach // Western Cape

    Diaz Beach

    Diaz Beach is an incredible, secluded beach right next to the Cape of Good Hope near Cape Town. You will need to hike for 20 minutes to get to this beach, but when you do, you'll find the scenery mesmerizing. The sandy beach faces into the full force of the Atlantic Ocean with jagged rocks stretching out into the water.

    Although the scenery is stunning… read more »

  • Margate Beach // KwaZulu-Natal

    Margate Beach
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    Named rather quaintly – for the comparison ends there – after a beach on the south coast of England, the almost orange sands of Margate Beach in South Africa lie on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal province, around 90 minutes from Durban.

    A paved footpath runs along the beach amid the occasional lofty palm swaying gently in the breeze, but it's the warm, sparkling waters… read more »

  • Brenton-on-Sea // Western Cape

    Brenton-on-Sea
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    Situated on the Garden Route some 15 kilometres west of Knysna in Western Cape province, Brenton-on-Sea Beach extends its light sands for approximately three kilometres.

    Largely undeveloped due to official protection afforded to the endangered Brenton Blue butterfly (most easily sighted from the end of October until December), the sound of the warm Indian Ocean waves is likely to be all you'll hear if you decide… read more »

  • Buffalo Bay // Western Cape

    Buffalo Bay
    © Werner Bayer / CC BY

    Buffalo Bay, or Buffelsbaai, is found in the Goukamma Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. Stretching for 14 kilometers this vast beach has incredible white sand and dunes which contrast with the beautiful blue waters of the ocean. With a backdrop of coastal forest the beach here really can feel like a lost paradise.

    The beach has plenty of activities to choose from making it… read more »

  • Hole-in-the-Wall // Eastern Cape

    Hole-in-the-Wall
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  • Umdloti Beach // KwaZulu-Natal

    Umdloti Beach
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    Umdloti Beach lies a short distance north of the South African city of Durban, close enough to be incorporated into the Greater Durban Metropolitan Municipality of eThekwini. Making the most of the area's warm Indian Ocean waters, Umdloti Beach is also situated at the mouth of the Mdloti River, from which the beach garners its name, and is surrounded by native sub-tropical flora and the… read more »