South Africa is blessed with the best beaches in Africa, miles of unspoiled exotic beaches is just part of its tourist magnets. Popular beaches include Ballito, Umlanga, Uvongo, Margate, Umdloti, Hermanus, False Bay, Wilderness and Muizenberg to name only a few. Selecting the top beaches is impossible due to each being unique, offering stunning views and gorgeous golden sands.
Bloubergstrand offers the most iconic views in the world, as part of the beaches in Cape Town it is a lovely long beach with gentle waves, offers white sand and many restaurants. Travelling to East London the Gonubie beach surrounds the city. The warm Indian Ocean is just part of the Buffalo City’s stunning views, as it also offer lush vegetation and is merely 1km away from a big city.
Ballito is one of the most popular beaches, situated about 40 km from Durban and forms part of KwaZulu Natal. It offer the perfect beach weather with around 28 degrees Celsius and humidity of 70 percent. Ballito itself is a small holiday town, packed during the holiday season, holiday makers have a wide variety of shops and restaurants to choose from and accommodation includes camping, hotels, self-catering flats and bed and breakfasts.
Margate is especially famous for its New Year festivals and many youngsters meet for beach celebrations. The beach is a premier tourist destination and offer a wide choice of accommodation including guest houses, lodges, caravan site and hotels. An abundance of restaurants includes pubs, fine dining and fast food outlets. Other places to see in Margate include the Beaver Creek Coffee Estate allowing day visitors to taste distinctive coffee flavours and lunch at the Estates restaurant. Other beaches part of the Natal coast line include Port Edward, Port Shepstone, Ramsgate, Shelly Beach and St. Michaels. Things to do along the KwaZulu south coast line include abseiling, cage diving, diving, hiking, whale watching, shark diving, golf courses and mountain biking. The temperature hardly ever drops below 20 degrees and the beaches offer the best surfing conditions.
Plettenburg Bay is in the Western Cape, its beaches are popular due to seemingly endless miles of surf breaks and are much safer than others for swimming. The main beach called “Plett” by locals and offers public bathrooms, kayaking, whale watching and accommodation is offered by several hotels, self-catering chalets and B&B’s. The beach itself is used for numerous activities including surfing competitions, fishing challenges as well as Jet Ski and body surfing.
Other beaches in the area include the Rock Beach famed for its unusual rock formations and secluded lagoon. Valley Beach is beautiful for its forested cliffs and magnificent views, while Nature’s Valley is deserted in off seasons, great for swimming and offer rock pools. The beach is open to surfing and the water is full of stunning shells, the currents are very strong here and the waves huge. It’s a much quieter beach and offer long walks, less shops and restaurants and is the perfect escape for some peaceful time during non-red seasons.
South Africa beaches are known for its waves and the country’s warm weather conditions guarantees great days spend on the beach. All beach towns provide a variety of accommodation choices, great shopping and lots and great entertainment during the day on the beach and at night at restaurants or beach parties.