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Best Destinations for Beach Holiday: South Africa’s Best Beaches

South Africa is truly a beach destination in Africa that should be top of your list. Looking for dream beach destinations for your next holiday? The vibrant and warm of cultures in South Africa is just as dynamic and diverse as the beaches that surround its coastlines. A heavenly beach paradise with sparkling Atlantic, and Indian Ocean waters, baby-soft sands, and stunningly colorful sweeping views of cliffs and oceans. Want to know the best beaches to visit in South Africa? Dream Africa’s list gives taste of majestic penguin colony boulders beach in Cape Town, the noetzie beach tucked away in the rolling hills of Plettenberg Bay, and camps bay beach’s eclectic mix of beautiful nature and celebrities.

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Golden Mile Beach, Durban

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Photo: Courtesy of Jake Allfree / @jacoballfree

Want a gold-sand beach with a promenade? Durban’s Golden Mile beach, may not be the right destination for you. Situated by North Beach, one of the main beaches in Durban, a popular stretch of beachfront lined with multiple bars and cafes. 

Boulders Beach, Simons Town 

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Meet the penguins at Boulders Beach | Photo: Courtesy of Elisha Herbert

Visit the Boulders Beach and see the colony of African penguins in their natural element. Boulders Beach is one South Africa’s popular tourist spots, as the beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Make the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony of South Africa is number one on your beach bucket list!

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Noetzie Beach, Plettenberg Bay 

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The utterly beautiful, mystical and private Noetzie Beach | Photo: Courtesy of Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa

One of the most intriguing beaches on the Garden Route, the beautiful Noetzie Beach is a secluded beach along the warm Indian Ocean, behind rolling hills of Plettenberg Bay. 

Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town 

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Camps Bay Beach, Western Cape, South Africa | Photo: Courtesy of
Cape Town Magazine

You are on one of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa, treat yourself to a romantic meal on the terrace of your hotel or in one of the stunning restaurants opposite Camps Bay’s main tourist hub. It is a beautiful holiday and a top best surfing beach in Africa. 

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Santos Beach, Mossel Bay 

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Sunrise at Santos Beach in Mossel Bay, SA | Photo: Courtesy of Shadow / @the_wanderlust_shadow

Want sun, calm waters popular for swimming, and a good restaurant in a Victorian-style pavilion? Santos Beach in Mossel Bay is for you!  

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Robberg Beach

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Relaxing walk at Robberg Beach | Photo: Courtesy of Nicole Ramson / @nicoleramson

The Robberg Beach, and Robberg Nature Reserve on the Garden Route offer South African holidaymakers incredible beaches and sceneries. Sightings of beautiful dolphin surfing the waves just by Robberg Beach, and numerous magnificent views along the various hiking trails of Robberg Nature Reserve, should be high on your must-see list.

Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town 

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Beautiful colours of Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town, SA | Photo: Courtesy of Kyle Goetsch

Are you ready to discover the most beautiful beach huts in in the world? Treat yourself to a summer to remember by visiting Muizenberg Beach, for pure beach adventures, one of South Africa’s most popular surf spots. Known globally for its colorful beach huts. 

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Kommetjie Beach 

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South Africa’s Kommetjie Beach, is surfers paradise | Photo: Courtesy of Tonty Andrews / @jonty.andrews

This long wide beach in Kommetjie in the Western Cape province of South Africa, is a popular spot for surfingone of the most beautiful backdrops of any surf spot in the world. Come and play with the wind and powerful waves from the Atlantic Ocean!

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Grotto Beach, Hermanus

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Perfect day at Grotto Beach | Photo: Courtesy of Fiona / @fiona.maria

With Blue Flag beaches and many attractions, including the world-famous whale watchingGrotto Beach is the perfect beach destination for a family holiday.  

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Umhlanga Beach, KwaZulu-Natal

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Sunset at Umhlanga Beach | Photo: Courtesy of GET Africa Travel

Beautiful beach perfect beach to relax and have family time, the beach is well protected from waves at low tide, which makes it a perfect place for kids. Safe walks along the promenade offer couples a romantic scenery on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  

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Coffee Bay Beach, Eastern Cape 

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Beach day at Coffee Bay | Photo: Courtesy of Megan / @megiietaylor

A walk along the beach takes you to Hole in the Wall, the staggering and stunning large hole which is scored neatly into a cliff that extends over the sea. Your gaze gets lost in the extraordinary natural arch that amplifies the sound of the waves onto the rock. 

Bikini Beach, Gordon’s Bay

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Sun out, bikini out at Bikini Beach Gordon’s Bay | Photo: Courtesy of Jana / @janadxvel

You’ll absolutely loved everything about our stay here. Do not forget to bring your bikini, sunscreen and sunglasses and swimsuit with you to the Bikini Beach.

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Llandudno Beach, Western Cape 

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Sunset picnic at Llandudno Beach | Photo: Courtesy of Michaela Gomes / @michaela_gomes_

A trip to Llandudno Beach with your sweetheart is adream holiday for anyone who has been to South Africa. Exchanging kisses beneath large sand beach’s famous sunset is the ultimate romantic experience!

Gonubie Beach, East London

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View of the Estuary of Gonubie River | Photo: Courtesy of Mapitso Thaisi / @sothogirldiaries

Gonubie Beach is one of the best secrets in on the shores of the Gonubie River and the Indian Ocean. You will have to walk on a beautiful boardwalk and natural trails to reach the beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa.

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Clifton Beach, Cape Town

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Clifton beaches are holidaymakers paradise | Photo: Courtesy of Tom Frew / @tom_the_turtle95

What’s better than one beach? A set of 4 beaches! Separated by groups of boulders, visitors have the opportunity to explore 1st to 4th from north to south, offering a marvellous view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Kraalbaai Beach, Langebaan

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Kraalbaai Beach, turquoise water lagoon beach in Langebaan, South Africa | Photo: Courtesy of Campsbaygirl

Kraalbaai beach in Langebaan, is one of the favourite beach destinations of travellers visiting Western Cape. The stunning turquoise water lagoon in the famous West Coast National Park, is one of the natural wonders in South Africa.

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