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This week’s feature is from Bianca of MyWildEarth.com. Bianca is from Cape Town, South Africa. Different cultures, exotic food, new adventures and ever-changing landscapes, are what make her soul explode. The world excites and inspires her. By sharing her travels and experiences, she hopes that others are inspired to explore and visit locations they may not have originally considered. The world is a playground that belongs to all of us, and we should live every precious day with a happy and free spirit.
A Travel Guide to the Top Beaches in South Africa
South Africa is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The coastline from west to east is very dynamic, having cold water on one side and near tropical water on the other side.
The incredible beaches are one of the main reasons South Africa is such a desirable holiday destination for families. The beaches are clean and welcoming, so pack your suntan lotion and other beach essentials. These are a few of South Africans’ favorite beaches…
This popular beach in the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa is blessed with perfect warm water for most of the year.
One of many beaches in the area boasting beautiful sandy stretches with comfortable boardwalks to walk on. The town of Umhlanga has much to offer with great food, shops and a great beach vibe.
With water temperatures averaging 24 degrees, it’s a real sunbathing and surfer’s paradise. Kids will play for hours in the rock pools scattered along the beach, while you relax nearby in your comfy spot in the sun.
South Africa’s own little Malibu, Camps Bay beach is the place to see and to be seen!
Beautiful blue waters and silver sand make this one of the most gorgeous blue flag beaches on the Atlantic seaboard. Lined by lawns and palm trees with stellar mansions and penthouse apartments rising up against the Twelve Apostles of Table Mountain, Camps Bay is a playground for celebrities and those looking for some high-end leisure time.
Camps Bay is probably one of the nicest sunset venues in Cape Town and has stunning establishments where you can enjoy a cocktail and something to eat while watching the sun say goodbye.
Clifton is one of Cape Town’s most popular beaches. A series of beaches separated by massive granite boulders with white sandy stretches in between.
It is truly a beautiful part of the mother city and the suburb of Clifton is renowned for its affluent community and stunning houses and apartments. The whole atmosphere here is very different to the beaches on the east coast, with slightly chilly water, it is a real lifestyle beach revolving around good food, parties, surfing, sunbathing and hanging with friends. Yachts often anchor here on weekends.
The scenery is top notch and it makes Clifton a beach well worth a visit if you are in Cape Town.
Hobie beach in the Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth is a stunning place for a summer holiday. This colorful beach hosts some awesome ocean sport activities for the whole family during the summer months. Algoa Bay has lovely warm water during the summer and Hobie is the favorite beach for swimming, volleyball, body surfing and just having a good time.
There’s always plenty of activity going on and it is a perfect place to take the kids to have some beach fun. It has that classic beach feeling with beach umbrellas, ice cream and the smell of suntan lotion in the air.
Natures Valley is a forested beach village located about 20 kilometers east of Plettenberg Bay. If you want a more quiet break-away in nature, then Natures Valley is a place to note.
An endless stretch of untouched sand bordered by subtropical forest and a quiet village of mainly holiday homes tucked into the forest groves.
There is one general shop and restaurant in Natures Valley. A tranquil lagoon is situated at the one end of the village which offers a perfect place for kids to play and do some fishing. A short hike to a hidden beach called Saltriver Mouth starts from the restaurant and is great for a short adventure and picnic.
Paternoster is a rural west coast fishing village about 2 hours west of Cape Town.
The water here is cold, so it’s not really a swimming beach, but the unspoilt rural landscape and rich history of the area makes it well worth a visit. There is ample accommodation here in the most beautiful cottages, characterized by historic Cape Dutch architecture. Colorful traditional fishing boats line the crescent shaped beach and local children play happily on the beach while they wait for fathers to return from the sea.
If you are looking for some peace and quiet in a picture-perfect setting, then Paternoster should be on the top of your list for your next escape.
Margate is a stunning blue flag beach situated on the south coast of the Kwazulu Natal province about an hour’s drive south of Durban.
It is a popular holiday destination for domestic and international visitors, purely because of the excellent atmosphere and its blue flag beach status. With all amenities nearby and a wide variety of activities for everyone, Margate beach is a great destination to visit if you want a fun-filled beach holiday.
Constant lifeguard presence makes it safe for the whole family and the subtropical climate and warm water are an obvious bonus.
Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape is a world renowned surfing destination and also has a really fantastic beach culture. Dolphin Beach is a gorgeous beach close to all the happenings of J-Bay.
J-Bay’s strong surf and beach lifestyle make it an awesome place to be and Dolphin Beach is the perfect spot for spending the day with the kids, sun tanning, shell collecting, swimming and of course …surfing.
This beach has lifeguards on duty at all times and there is also an entertainment plaza for kids with water slides and other activities like the shell and surf museum.
Dolphins are ever-present in the bay and are often seen sharing the waves with surfers.
South Africa has plenty more beautiful beaches along its coastline, with a load of hidden gems scattered in between the bigger beaches. This list only showcases a small selection to cater for every type of beach lover. So it’s time to don those new bikinis and board shorts, and head down to one of these awesome beaches and take in the fun and sun!