Africa 2 The Point

South Africa Travel: Beach Edition

The world-class beaches in the southernmost African nation should be on the bucket list of any traveler who likes to soak up the sun, surf, snorkel, or scuba dive. Here are a few of the best beach spots, along with suggestions for things to do and places to stay.

Cape Town

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This coastal city’s beaches are generally regarded as the best in South Africa. Llandudno is low-key with pristine water. There is very little commercialization, creating a relaxed atmosphere that doesn’t feel touristy at all. It is located near Hout Bay, off the beaten track of mass travel in a cozy corner of the cape.

Boulders Beach, three dozen kilometers south of Cape Town, is home to endangered African penguins. Unfortunately, a variety of factors have eroded their numbers over many years. These unique birds are probably the best reason to choose Boulders Beach over others. This is a great way to mix some wildlife education and environmental preservation into a beach trip for youngsters.

Tintswalo Atlantic in Hout Bay has earned a reputation for quality service and good views.

Noordhoek Beach offers a wonderful panoramic viewing, with the sprawling ocean on one side and the majestic Chapman’s Peak on the other. The surrounding wetlands complete the picture, making it worth visiting for the Instagram-worthy shots alone. Head over to Cape Point Vineyards to relax with a glass of South African wine and review all the photos you’ll use to turn your friends green with envy.

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth

Sardinia Bay Beach is highly rated. It is generally not crowded and the sand dunes are worth seeing. The Grass Roof Farm Stall is a hip joint with tons of vegan options. The staff even grows produce on the roof.

Knysna

Noetzie Beach is a spectacular beach, accessible only by a gravel road. A unique feature of this beach is the historic castles erected in the early 20th century. Pezula Hotel and The Mount Knysa are two options for stay. Although a bit pricey, you get what you pay for with great service to go with the stunning scenery. For high-end seafood dining, check out Tapas and Oysters.

Brenton on Sea is a top destination for paragliders, in addition to the regular beach-goers. After relaxing in the sun, check out Butterfly Blue for lunch or dinner.

These are just a few of the countless beaches in South Africa that warrant a day trip or longer.