So what are the best beaches in South Africa? Of course, everyone has their likes but here are our favorites.
1. Clifton 4th Beach
Clifton, an affluent suburb with sweeping views of the Atlantic, boasts four magical beaches simply titled 1, 2, 3 and 4. Steep stairways lead down to the four beaches that are naturally protected from the wind, making them popular with locals and tourists alike. While only Clifton 4th beach has blue flag status, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd beach are definitely worth a visit.
2. Sodwana Bay, North Coast, KwaZulu-Natal
Sodwana Beach is a long, unspoiled stretch of white sand located near the border of Mozambique on South Africa’s east coast. Aside from sun-bathing and swimming in the tropical Indian Ocean, local activities include horse-riding on the beach, quad biking, hiking and scuba diving in the region’s protected coral reefs, home to a huge variety of marine life. Sodwana is a prime location for bird watching, while several nearby game reserves offer safaris where the big five can be spotted.
3. Robberg Beach
People say this blue-flag beach is the Garden Route’s finest. You can walk for kilometers along sands that seem to stretch forever, and chances are, you’ll spot some dolphins while doing so. The beach is also known for shore-based whale spotting, particularly in the winter months when the southern right whales visit Plettenberg Bay.
4. Camps Bay Beach
Our very own Mother City has some unforgettable beach spots, but no trip to Cape Town is complete without visiting Camps Bay. The 12 Apostles tower above the glitzy beach-burb to the left, and Signal Hill and Lion Head watch over the powdery-white sand to the right – a perfect sundowner scenario if ever we saw one! So, grab a drink in one of the bars on the Strip, or sit on the rocks next to the tidal pool and learn why Capetonians can’t stop shouting about their extraordinary sunsets.
5. Llandudno Beach
Llandudno Beach is located in a little cove called Logies Bay, overlooked by the exclusive village of Llandudno. The beautiful, secluded beach is quieter than most Cape Town beaches, as it is accessed by only one road and there is minimal parking for visitors. A backdrop of mountains and large granite boulders shelter the bay from wind, making this an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing and beach games like volleyball and beach rugby.