Top ten SA Beaches

From Cape Town to Maptaland the range of beach and ocean-side destinations in South Africa is quite bewildering.   The team at Sure Maritime travel are happy to report that Humewood beach and Jeffreys Bay are in the top ten of SA’s most beautiful beaches!




10-Cape Vidal

This is part of the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park, a complex of unique eco-zones that encompass a UNESCO International Heritage Site. This is South Africa’s tropical coastline, and is situated in the wild and beautiful Maputaland region. A off the beaten trail.


All of Durban’s beaches are lively, colorful and clean. Most are Blue Flag rated, and although as in most big cities the beachfront can be dangerous after dark, during peak hours the waterfront is packed with entertainments and is a great family destination.

8-Willard Beach, Ballito

One of the signature KwaZulu/Natal beaches, set against a backdrop of holiday accommodation and tourist facilities and with a long sandy beach for leisurely stroll, or a day or two of family beachside fun. The sea is warm and surf mild, and with plenty of entertainment options including golf, scuba, microlite flights and a selection of great seafood restaurants.


The KZN Sun Coast is the raucous cousin of the quietly sophisticated Cape and Garden Route coastline. Filled with color and vivacity, and set against a shockingly green backdrop of estuaries and verdant forests and hillsides, this is South Africa’s favorite resort destination, and is packed to the gills with family entertainment.

6-Mdumbe Beach/Wild Coast

Mdumbe Beach typifies the long expanses of un-trodden beach that so characterize the Wild Coast. Fringed by milkwoods, rolling grassland and rural African homesteads, the Wild Coast is a rare sight in a highly developed region, and is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of a beautiful country.


5-Humewood Beach, Port Elizabeth

As the south coast road drifts south towards Port Elizabeth the texture of the seaboard changes from tropical to temperate, and the more traditional sights and sounds of old South Africa come to the fore. Humewood Beach is a typical Eastern Cape seascape with mild surf and wide expanses of sandy beach.

4-Grotto Beach

Grotto beach is the signature white sand Cape seascape set in the signature Cape Coast small town. Hermanus is the whale watching capital of South Africa, besides which it is one of the most sublimely pleasant settlements in the region. With white dunes, a mountain backdrop, easy access to some of the best food and white purveyors on the coast and with unobtrusive beach facilities, this is one of SA’s top beach spots.

3-Jeffreys Bay

Home to perfect wave, and the surf capital of SA. Set against a typical East Coast backdrop of sand, dunes and aloes, Jeffreys Bay boasts one of South Africa’s many Blue Flag beaches. It is also famous for seafood, and for a variety of watersports and venture activities. Jeffreys Bay is definitely one of SA’s premier beach destinations.


Visitors to Gaansbaai are not usually thinking about the beach. This is the cage diving mecca of South Africa where close encounters with great whites are a daily feauture. Great food and wide are also a feature of this Cape Coast Wonderland.

1-Cape Town

Cape Town is not a beach but a bunch of beaches, and all rank up there as among the best in the land. Clifton Beach is perhaps the most famous, but others like the nudist Sandy Beach, and Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Boulders Beach, Noordhoek and Camps Bay all grace this most beautiful of all the worlds graceful cities.

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