Whether you are planning a lazy beach holiday or an active adventure holiday filled with water activities such as surfing and water boarding, we have compiled some of the best beaches to escape to these holidays.
Clifton, Cape Town
Clifton is one of Cape Town’s most exclusive beaches and it comes at no surprise that the beach is popular for beach goers who want a luxurious beach experience. The beach is divided into 4 parts known as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach and they all offer something for everyone. 1st beach is the least crowded with mainly locals, 2nd and 3rd Beach are family friendly, with life-guards on duty. Although the water is cold, 4th Beach is the main beach and extremely popular with a mix of trendy beach goers, boasting well-kept facilities such as public toilets, changing rooms and gourmet food kiosks. It has also been awarded Blue Flag status meaning it adheres to strict international environmental standards.
Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape
Found in the heart of South Africa’s Wild Coast, the small seaside village of Coffee Bay offers pristine swimming beaches, bars, excellent fishing and breath-taking scenery for hikes along the area’s rugged coastline. Coffee Bay is the perfect destination for holiday-makers wanting to trade in city life for a laid-back beach experience in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. With the popular hole in the wall, which is excellent for bird watching, nature walks and hiking trails, this truly is the perfect beach for a relaxing holiday. Coffee Bay is accessible by vehicle; though do be aware for the occasional pothole.
Bikini Beach, Gordon’s Bay
Situated in a sheltered cove and surrounded by the Hottentot Holland mountain range, Bikini Beach is an excellent swimming spot with water which is usually warm, calm and clear. The beach is only a short drive from the city and is one of Cape Town’s six Blue Flag Beaches, meaning it has high water quality with good facilities, cleanliness and safety. It also boasts fantastic views as the entire False Bay curves from Gordon’s Bay to Cape Point. Bikini Beach also offers quirky shopping for those who are looking to do some retail therapy whilst on holiday.
Hobie beach, Port Elizabeth
The popular Hobie Beach is found in the vicinity of Shark Rock Pier and the Boardwalk of Port Elizabeth. It is a favourite for swimming, sunbathing and body surfing. It also offers sheltered rock pools with interesting sea life to watch. Other facilities include plenty of restaurants, a launching place for sailing and rubber ducking. It is also the venue for the annual Splash Festival, which features beach volleyball and world boardsailing championships.
Umhlanga Beach, Durban
Umhlanga has been a popular destination for many South Africans and tourists for years. With the warm Indian Ocean perfect for swimmers and the golden sands supplying the perfect back-drop for relaxing, it’s easy to see why. It is a cosmopolitan holiday destination with a vibrant nightlife that offers a variety of trendy restaurants, cafes and bars. There are also vast accommodation options ranging from boutique hotels to self-catering beach cottages and luxurious villas for the holiday maker wanting a stylish beach holiday.
Ballito is a vibrant holiday town located a few kilometres north of Durban. Willard Beach is the town’s best swimming and surfing beach, which has earned Blue Flag status. Ballito’s famous promenade begins at Willard Beach and goes around the coastline, towards Salmon Bay. It is a swimming area perfect for families, with life-guards that are available seven days a week, offshore shark nets and a first aid station. If you are looking to do some hiking, there is a hiking trail that extends off the promenade and takes you to Shaka’s Rock. Which is perfect for holiday makers wanting to experience the best of both worlds.
Muizenburg Beach, Cape Town
The most popular Indian Ocean beach in Cape Town, Muizenberg is the only Indian Ocean beach with water, which is a few degrees warmer than the rest of the Atlantic beaches in Cape Town. This makes it bearable for swimming and makes it one of the most surfed beaches in South Africa. It also boasts the popular colourful beach houses, which have become a favourite backdrop for selfies and photographs. It is also extremely popular with families coming to enjoy picnics together and for people to walk their dogs on the long stretch of the beach.