South Beach

South Beach - South Africa
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Situated on Durban’s famed “Golden Mile”, South Beach sits to the south of the city centre about halfway between the surfing mecca of North Beach and Ushaka. As with other beaches in Durban South Beach has golden sands and warm blue waters that are a magnet to beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers alike. The beach is protected by shark nets and lifeguards, so people can swim without worrying about safety. There is great surf here, but the scene is a little mellower than neighbouring North Beach (as are the waves), making it a great spot for beginners to learn how to surf.

The waters here are fed by the Indian Ocean, which makes them much warmer than the Atlantic waters on the west coast. This long stretch of sandy beach is great for having a walk or relaxing with the city beachfront as a backdrop; but if you want to do more than explore the beach, there is plenty available nearby.

This is one of Durban’s more fashionable and upmarket areas and there are many restaurants and bars within metres of the beach. And for those looking to grab a bargain, there is a flea market on the beachfront. You can also visit the Ushaka Marine World - South Africa’s answer to Sea World. Along with a water park there is an aquarium, surf museum, and theme park. You can enjoy visiting these locations and learning more about the marine life, including dolphins, whales, sharks, and rays.

South Beach is an amazing beach in a very central location, and you can combine rest and relaxation with a range of activities during your stay. There is plenty to do and see in this exciting city location.

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