South Africa

Best Beaches in the South Africa


South Africa is home to some of the most exotic and gorgeous beaches on the planet – are you looking for the best beaches for sunbathing, fishing, snorkeling, or other outdoor activities? Plan your beach vacation with Sandee which has over undefined beaches in South Africa! Discover hand-curated beach guides, directions, reviews, and photos from fellow beach lovers and travelers! With its of coastline, no matter what you're looking for, you can find a comprehensive list of the best beaches in South Africa, including beaches, dog beaches, and beaches with disability access. Plan your next beach vacation to one of beaches in South Africa.

Top beaches In South Africa

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1. Clifton Beach

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Clifton Beach is a 15-minute drive southwest of Cape Town and is popular for family vacations and lively crowds. Clifton Beach is a long stretch of white sand that is separated into four sections by large granite boulders - these four sections are conveniently named 1st Beach, 2nd Beach, 3rd Beach, and 4th Beach.

The bright turquoise waters at Clifton Beach are cold but also calm due to mountains and boulders that block the notorious southeast winds. By late summer, this unique wind condition causes extra sand to be redeposited onto the shoreline. During this time, the shore is wider and pedestrians can easily walk along the waterline from 1st Beach to 4th Beach. Clifton Beach is only accessible by stepped pathways and narrow staircases. There is a small parking lot located near 4th Beach and limited free parking along Victoria Road. During summer days, these parking options fill up quickly so make sure to plan ahead.

Each section of Clifton Beach attracts a diverse group of people of all ages. 1st Beach is laid-back and dog-friendly so you will usually find a more easygoing crowd. It has the strongest current and is a popular spot for surfers and bodyboarders. 2nd Beach tends to be filled with a younger crowd, particularly college students, while 3rd Beach is usually lively and welcoming to all types of beachgoers and activities. Finally, 4th Beach is most popular among families, locals, and vacationers. It is the only beach in Clifton with Blue Flag status and has the weakest current perfect for casual swimming.

If you need a break from the sand, Table Mountain offers plenty of daily activities and hikes to enjoy amazing views. You can take a cable car 1,000 meters up the mountain to get a 360-degree view of Cape Town and all of its neighboring suburbs. You can easily buy cable car tickets online or at the on-site box office where prices range from $10-$20 (R200-R360).

After your busy day, head to The Bungalow to enjoy a meal while overlooking a view of Clifton Beach and a paragliding landing spot. The Bungalow is also a trendy spot for Sunday brunch where the energetic crowd could fool anyone into thinking it was a Saturday night. Clifton is home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa, so you’ll find amazing Airbnb and hotel options. 21 Nettleton is a highly recommended boutique luxury hotel that offers spectacular views and a secluded atmosphere.

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2. Nature's Valley Beach

Bitou Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Nestled in Tsitsikamma National Park, Nature's Valley Beach is the perfect spot for those looking for an isolated, scenic beach vacation. The beachfront, located at the Grootrivier Pass, divides a natural lagoon from the ocean. This location makes Nature's Valley Beach a prime destination for all sorts of wildlife. Though this beach generally attracts ecotourists, the natural beauty of Nature's Valley appeals to everyone.
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3. Paternoster Beach

Paternoster, Western Cape, South Africa

About 100 miles north of Cape Town lies the sleepy beach town of Paternoster. Nestled in a rocky cove, Paternoster Beach offers a secluded beach experience for its visitors. Undisturbed dunes with soft, pristine sands border the beachfront.
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4. North Beach Durban

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located only a 5-minute drive from the main city center of Durban, the lively North Durban Beach is at the heart of the beachfront city-strip known as the Golden Mile. North Durban Beach has many amenities including lifeguards, parking lots, public restrooms, and nearby shops.

The warm water is protected by shark nets which make for safe swimming, surfing, and bodyboarding. A paved promenade lines the shoreline and is a popular path for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. The small Snake Park Pier extends out into the ocean and provides gorgeous ocean views – and it is a popular fishing spot. If you need a break from the sand there is a nearby skate park, indoor ice skating rink, and saltwater swimming pool. The uShaka Marine World is also only a 7-minute drive from North Durban Beach and offers a family-friendly seafront aquarium, water park, snorkeling lagoon, and shark cage dives. You can easily buy tickets online for any of these activities where prices range from R 140-R 215.

If you get hungry, the shoreline has plenty of casual cafés, bars, and fine dining restaurants. The Circus Circus Beach Café is only a 2-minute walk from the beach and is famous for its breakfast menu. You can also walk 5 minutes to California Dreaming, a two-story casual restaurant with beach views, patio seating, and a full bar. If you’re looking for fine dining, check out The Grill Jichana, an upscale steak house that requires reservations.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, Durban offers many beautiful beachfront accommodations. The Blue Waters Hotel has an indoor pool and is less than a 5-minute walk from the beach, local shops, and restaurants. Another option is the Belaire Suites Hotel, a 4-Star family-friendly hotel with beautiful ocean views. We also like Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani, a luxury high-rise hotel with over 700 rooms.

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5. Wilderness Beach

Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa

Right at the doorstep of Wilderness National Park in Western Cape Province lies Wilderness Beach. Stretching for over 5 miles, the beach is a wide expanse of pristine sands and undisturbed dunes. Wildlife viewing is not restricted to the national park -- the beach itself is a prime spot for dolphin and whale watching.
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6. Mouille Point

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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7. Noordhoek Beach

Chapmans Peak, Western Cape, South Africa

Noordhoek is a peaceful beach surrounded by natural beauty. Due to its large size, Noordhoek beach is wonderful to walk along, fly kites, and play with the family. The unique dunes along the beachfront make the spot a popular horse riding destination.
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8. Umhlanga Beach

Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The beautiful Umhlanga Beach is a 20-minute drive north of the city center of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This Blue Flag beach was voted one of the world’s best city beaches in 2018 by Flight Network due to its cleanliness, beauty, and proximity to facilities and accommodations.

During summer months, Umhlanga Beach is extremely lively and will have limited space in nearby parking lots, so be sure to plan ahead. The weather at Umhlanga Beach is usually comfortable and warm regardless of when you are traveling. In the winter, sea temperatures are usually around 20°C while in the summer the water can get as high as 25°C.

The warm, calm waters and lifeguards make the beach safe for swimming, surfing, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. Umhlanga Beach is also known for its long stretches of golden sand and the famous red and white lighthouse. The Umhlanga Lighthouse, that's used to warn passing boats of the treacherous seas and welcome newcomers into the Port of Durban, is located in the center of the main beach and is a popular photo-op for many visitors. On the shore beachgoers can sunbathe, play volleyball, and explore small tide pools. A paved walkway lines the entire shoreline and provides easy access to the beach – and it’s the perfect place to go on a long walk.

The town of Umhlanga is home to many delicious restaurants just a short walk from the beach. If you want to enjoy fine dining with the locals, check out The Grill Room that’s located inside The Oyster Box Hotel. If you’re looking for a perfect way to relax after a long beach day go to Elements Café Bar, a chic restaurant famous for their strawberry daiquiris. This restaurant is located in the Beverly Hills Hotel Uhmlanga Rocks – one of Umhlanga’s most popular beachfront hotels. For family-friendly accommodations, check out the Cabana Beach Resort to experience large apartment-style rooms at a relaxing seaside oasis.

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