DurbanTourism_028Beaches

Durban Beach otherwise known as “The Golden Mile” runs from uShaka Marine World to the newly built Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World to the north. It runs parallel to the CBD of Durban to its west.

Central Beaches (Durban) includes: Sun Coast Casino Beach, Country Club Beach ,North Beach, Dairy, South Beach and Ushaka Beach (Vetchie’s).

All central Durban Beaches have duty Lifeguards and Shark Nets so are safe for year round bathing and Surfing.

Durban beach is a leisure paradise and one of the major tourist attractions in the city of Durban.The beaches have a broad expanse of golden sand, divided by various piers. Bask in the sub-tropical sunshine while you sun tan and enjoy swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Lifeguards and shark nets are standard at most of Durban’s beaches. Surfing is very popular and Durban beach is a world famous Surfing destination. In particular, The South Beach end is well-known amongst locals as a safe site for neophyte surfing. The impressive high rise buildings that dot the Beach are a collage of tourist hotels, residential apartments, beachfront properties , several popular restaurants and nightclubs. There are even remnants of some of Durban’s older art-deco style architecture which is still left from the development boom of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Durban Beach has always been a popular holiday destination for local South Africans from all over the country, but in particular from Johannesburg especially during the Christmas holiday season. Locals flock to enjoy Durban’s beaches and many attractions, which include:
• The Ocean Way Promenade which runs along the beach to encourage more people to enjoy walking and cycling.
• The Blue Lagoon, a trendy picnic, hangout and fishing site .
• The Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, a massive casino complex with shops, restaurants, public entertainment activities and a private beach.
• uShaka Marine World aquarium, dolphinarium, water park, Shopping centre and restaurants with the largest shark tank in the world.
• Mini Town which has a miniature replica of the city of Durban which even has a working miniature railway and airport.
• Dairy Beach, North Beach, the Bay of Plenty and Snake Park beaches are well-liked surfing beaches.
• skateboarders, roller bladers and BMX’ers can take advantage of the Skate Park in front of the Bay of Plenty.
• Market vendors ,hawkers and stall owners with a wide selection of Zulu fine art and hand made crafts.
• The only surfing museum in South Africa, Specializing in surf history and cataloguing some of Durban’s world famous surfing history.


Regional Beaches

KwaZulu Natal and Durban boast 600 km of subtropical beaches on the warm Indian Ocean coastline. What makes this fantastic coastline even better is that KwaZulu Natal also has fantastic weather all year round – even in winter. The water is warm and contains an abundance of magnificent tropical fish and coral reefs. The beaches in KwaZulu Natal offer something for everyone – from safe beaches for family outings to the wild beaches that are a surfer’s paradise. The waves in KwaZulu Natal are fantastic wherever you go.

Margate Beach is long stretch of beach on the South Coast and is ideal for swimming, bodyboarding and surfing. There is also a famous fishing spot off a pier. Margate is a vibrant holiday town with an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops. After enjoying a refreshing swim, stop over at one of the many café’s and sip on a cool cocktail whilst admiring the magnificent view.

Ramsgate Beach is situated along a quaint village known as Ramsgate just south of Margate. It is a quiet beach with great picnic facilities. If you feel like a contemplative stroll, there’s a beautifully scenic walking trail that extends southwards from Ramsgate towards the picturesque Southbroom beach and lagoon.

Margate Beach, South Coast

Marina Beach is a long pristine beach and tidal pool between Southbroom and San Lameer. DurbanTourism_072sIt is also close to the awesome Mpenjati river mouth and lagoon. Willard Beach is the main swimming beach in Ballito, ‘Pearl’ of the Dolphin Coast where you can enjoy a scenic walk on the boardwalk and take pleasure in the spectacular views of bays and coves. South Beach is part of Durban’s world famous ‘Golden Mile’ and is ideal for swimming, especially for children as it is protected from the powerful westerly winds and large waves.

The Elephant coast boasts pristine beautiful beaches namely Black Rock just South of Kosi Bay, Cape Vidal (a noted fishing venue), First Rocks, Hulley Point, Jesser Point, Kosi Bay Estuary, Leven Point, Liefeldt’s Rock, Mission Rocks, Rocktail Bay, Sodwana Bay, St. Lucia and St.Lucia Estuary. St Lucia Wetlands Park is a World heritage Site and boasts long stretches of white sandy beaches. Visitors can explore the many rock pools along the beach, and watch for humpback whales in October.

Zululand has many gorgeous beaches perfect for all water sports namely Alkantrand, Durnford Point, Five Mile Beach, Mbonambi Beach, Mtunzini Beach, Newark and Two Mile Beach.

South Africa’s Dolphin Coast shoreline is an attractive combination of golden beaches and rock pools perfect for safe swimming, surfing, scuba diving, rock and ski-boat fishing, or just relaxing on the beach. There are numerous gorgeous beaches namely Ballito Beach, Zinkwazi Beach, Umhlali Beach, Tinley Manor Beach, Thompson’s Bay Beach, Sheffield Beach, Shaka’s Rock Beach, Salt Rock, Blythedale Beach and Clark Bay.

The popular South Coast has an abundance of magnificent beaches namely Southport (Anerley), Banana Beach, Bazley Beach, Beach Terminus, Big Tree Beach, Clansthal, Glenmore Beach, Margate Beach and Marina Beach to mention a few. Clearly, KwaZulu Natal is a mecca for all beach lovers. Warm waters, white sands, fantastic waves and plenty of warm sun makes KwaZulu Natal a popular South African beach destination.