The 8 Best Eastern Cape Beaches

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  • 1. Coffee Bay

    Coffee Bay
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    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 your time looking for said plants as the soil was… read more »

  • 2. Hobie Beach

    Hobie Beach
    © Michael Jung
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    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 - and more. A big stretch of beautiful golden sand,… read more »

  • 3. Jeffreys Bay

    Jeffreys Bay
    © Julien Carnot / CC BY
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    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 locations. Primarily known for its long, powerful point break the… read more »

  • 4. Kariega Beach

    Kariega Beach
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    Part of the charming seaside resort town of Kenton-on-Sea, Kariega Beach is situated between Port Elizabeth and East London on South Africa's southeast coast. It is a quiet town where many people spend their holidays. As you relax on the golden sands, you can gaze at the incredible sunsets over the blue ocean. You will have a glimpse of all that is beautiful in South Africa.

    Kariega Beach is located… read more »

  • 5. Kelly's Beach

    Kelly's Beach
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    Great for:
    • Swimming
    • Surfing

    Kelly's Beach is located near the Kowie River estuary mouth at Port Alfred and is a wild and beautiful place. A wide stretch of pale golden sand backed by sand dunes where natural vegetation abounds.

    You can relax on the sandy beach and then view the amazing sunsets from one of two viewing decks late in the afternoon. When the whales are in town in July and December, this beach gives… read more »

  • 6. Humewood Beach

    Humewood Beach
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    Situated near Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape, Humewood Beach is South Africa's longest standing Blue Flag Beach, which means that it is safe, clean, and environmentally responsible. Lifeguards are on duty here so you can safely swim, snorkel and enjoy other activities in the calm, warm blue waters from November through to April.

    This beach is family-friendly with its wide stretch of sand and warm waters. If in any doubt about… read more »

  • 7. King's Beach

    King's Beach
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  • 8. Hole-in-the-Wall

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