The plethora of amazing beaches in South Africa sometimes creates a feeling of indecisiveness and ambivalence, especially when there is a lot to do on the bucket list after breaking a sweat to make a living in the busy metropolis.
Now, this is where this guide comes in handy. All your exclusive desires for a quintessential beach will be found in this list.
Get ready for a period of leisure and rejuvenation at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
1. Robberg Beach
Reputed to be the Garden Route’s finest, this is the place to catch sight of some dolphins as you take a walk on the far-reaching sands. There is more to this beach as it takes pride in hosting the southern right whales that visit Plettenberg Bay during winter. So, you get to see them while enjoying the soft sands.
Enjoy this splendid beach as you make your way to the West Coast National Park. With the turquoise water, an idyllic jetty, and a couple of houseboats floating in the bay, there’s a feeling of being on a beach in the Maldives.
Here, there’s an opportunity to take a hike or a birding adventure in the encompassing fynbos.
3. Camps Bay Beach
Been to Cape Town without visiting Camps Bay? Then, you have missed something. There is a 12 Apostles Tower above the glitzy beach-burb to the left, and Signal Hill and Lion Head watch over the powdery which makes a perfect sundowner view. The marvelous sunsets here are also for your pleasure.
4. Thonga Beach
KwaZulu-Natal’s Thonga Beach offers you great experiences through off-shore scuba diving in the country and a stunning view of the Indian Ocean. Make a home in a thatched bush suite; enjoy snorkeling and get the opportunity to watch turtles lay eggs here in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
5. Llandudno Beach
When you visit Cape Town’s Llandudno at high tide, the south-easterly wind will make for good surfing alongside a few other surfers. Relax in the sun here with views of the Twelve Apostles, Little Lion’s Head, and the spectacular Karbonkelberg Mountain.
Mouthwatering seafood awaits you at the village of Hout Bay, which is just a five-minute drive away from the hill of Llandudno.
6. Gonubie Beach
While there will be dolphins present here, there’s a superb boardwalk with impressive views across the sea. There are also manufactured tidal pools where you can enjoy splashes. Why won’t Gonubie Beach be on this list?
7. Kogal Bay Beach
Famed for outdoor barbecuing, the incredible whale-watching here is worth the 20-kilometer picturesque route from Clarens Drive. Don’t miss the Kogelberg Nature Reserve when you get here – you’ll get to see fynbos and wildlife.
8. Coffee Bay
Located in the center of Wild Coast, Coffee Bay has everything you’ll ever desire in a beach. There’s the opportunity to take a stroll along the water’s edge or go horseback riding along the sand. It might be to just relax and sunbathe or feel the wind in your hair – whatever you want is right here.
You also get a chance to swim through the Hole in the Wall if you’re up for it.
9. Langebaan Beach
For unapologetic kite surfers, Langebaan offers sugar-white sand, flat turquoise water, and cross-shore winds. Here is a favorite for Capetonians who prefer the comparatively warm – especially against the Mother City – Peninsula temperatures of the water on the West Coast.
10. Kommetjie Beach
Home to one of the old lighthouses in South Africa, Kommetjie Beach cannot be overlooked on the list of best beaches. Guided tours here share the story of why South Africa is one of the only countries in the world still with Lighthouse Keepers on staff.
And what could be more delightful than a view down the white sands of Kommetjie Beach from the top of South Africa’s tallest cast iron?