As the festive season looms near and plans are made and unmade, the decision about where to go for the holidays might be quite a tough decision since everyone will be clamoring for a good place to unwind. The first option that comes to mind for a holiday would be to book a hotel or to select the kind of hotel you would prefer to stay at. But of course booking a hotel is not the ultimate, you will have to consider the proximity of the hotel you want to stay at to the hub and the best places where you totally get to relax and nothing says relaxation like the beach. Yes, the beach is one of the most relaxing places you can be. As the wind comes from the seas and lulls you to peaceful slumber, you will wish the holidays don’t end. whats more? Most of the beaches in South Africa are family friendly. So, in the spirit of holidays, we bring you a list of the best beaches in South Africa where you can have the most fun of the holiday and meet as many new people as you would like.

Best Beaches In South Africa

1. Camps Bay.

First on our list is the top beach attractions in Cape Town, Camps Bay, with a wide palm-lined sandy beach. In the summer months, the beach can be packed with locals and visitors, especially over weekends and during holidays. Many visitors enjoy a picnic on the palm-lined lawns. This is a great beach option for everyone – singles, honeymooners, and families. The sidewalk cafe and restaurants are just a step away from the beach.

The bay is protected from the South-Easter winds by the mountains, so the sea is usually calm and provides safe swimming. The flat beach is perfect for sunbathing, Frisbee and other social beach sports. A tidal pool at the southern end of the beach is great for kids. Surfers can enjoy the waves at the northern end of the beach. Sandwiched in between the spectacular 12 Apostles and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, the postcard picture image of Cape Town is Camps Bay.

camps bay

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2. Clifton beach, western cape

If you want a hit with the movie stars, the white-sand wonderland of this coastline Clifton beach is loved for its visual beauty and tranquility. Perfect for those who seek a relaxing atmosphere, the pure cotton-like sand is sure to soothe your senses and ease your mind of day-to-day stresses. With four slightly varying beaches to choose from, you’ll be able to find a secluded spot for sunbathing or picnic in the festive afternoon sunlight. However, be warned of the icy-cold Atlantic water. A boat ride may be on the cards, but don’t expect to do much swimming (unless you like a chilly dip!)

clfton view


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3. Bloubergstrand

If sun-drenched destinations invigorate your senses, inspire and amaze you, then any holiday in Cape Town is the perfect chill session for you to enjoy the Bloubergstrand beach. If you really want to unwind and escape from day-to-day life, this is the perfect spot for you! The perfect blend of sand, sun and crystal water, combined with heavenly bites at the restaurants in Bloubergstrand, will soon have you in holiday mode bliss.

Look out across the sweeping blue Atlantic Ocean and cast your line of sight across Table Bay to Table Mountain as you dive into mouth-watering morsels of heaven!

Your fun is guaranteed in Bloubergstrand as ships entering Table Bay, dolphins surfing the waves, whales putting on a formidable display and postcard sunsets often compete for your attention, as the restaurants in the area will put on quite the show for your appetite.



4. Durban North Beach

The busiest of the busy beaches on the Golden Mile, North Beach has beautiful sand and breakwaters, with lifeguards on watch every day to ensure your safety. The wide promenade runs along the beach and between the promenade and the Marine Parade and Snell beachfront roads, are a plethora of family entertainments, pools, fun-fair type attractions, restaurants, and various booths and shops. An ideal place to spend the day with a family, with a host of things to keep everyone occupied.

durban north


5. Cape Vidal KZN

Cape Vidal is one of the finest beaches in the country, with long stretches of snow-white sand. Visitors can explore the many rock pools along the beach, and sight humpback whales in October. The waters at Cape Vidal always seem to be buzzing with activity non-stop, the fun never stops.


cape vidal