Summer holidays and beach outings go hand-in-hand in South Africa, especially since we have so many beautiful beaches to choose from. 

Here are the best SA beaches to swim at this summer:

Zinkwazi Beach, KwaZulu-Natal

The lagoon is closed to the sea, making for a fun water-playing spot. To the right of the main beach there is a natural pool protected by rocks. There are also loads of rock pools to explore and sand castles to be built – a great place for kids.

Kariega Beach, Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape

Sandwiched between the Bushmans River Mouth and the Kariega River, this beach is great for those in search of a relaxed seaside sojourn. Go to this beach if you prefer a wild environment to a built-up coastal hub.

McDougall’s Bay, Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape

This one has to be one of the more remote beaches. In the far north of the West Coast is a ‘gem that has it all’.

Muizenberg’s Surfers Corner, South Peninsula in the Western Cape

Muizenberg is a long beach lapped by the warm Indian Ocean water. It has calm sets of waves, walks, a park and places to eat. Go here if you don’t mind dodging newbie surfers.

Gonubie, East London in the Eastern Cape

One of the best beaches in South Africa, with lovely swimming.

All Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa

The Western Cape achieved the highest number of Blue Flag sites, with 28 of the beaches, all eleven boats and six of the seven Blue Flag marinas falling in the province.

What does Blue Flag mean?

A Blue Flag assures you that the beach is clean, safe and environmentally friendly. All Blue Flag beaches have to meet very strict international criteria and the programme is locally managed by WESSA (the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa).

Garden Route

Plett has the most beautiful beaches: Robberg 5, Keurboomstrand, Nature’s Valley, Lookout Beach and Singing Kettle. There’s also Mossel Bay, Buffalo Bay and Brenton-on-Sea in Knysna.

Cape Town

The Mother City has 10 of this year’s Blue Flags: at Melkbosstrand, Muizenberg and Fish Hoek. Seaforth in Simon’s Town is a new Pilot Stage Blue Flag beach. Then there’s also Strandfontein, Bikini, Mnandi and Silwerstroomstrand to visit.

Here’s why the far south is worth the drive: for Stilbaai’s Preekstoel and Lappiesbaai (both long-running Blue Flags), Jongensfontein, Stilbaai Wes and Witsand.

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth is the second-best city for beaches, with three Blue Flags (Humewood, Kings and Hobie Beach). Just up the coast, there’s Kelly’s in Port Alfred, Kariega, Middle Beach and Kenton-on-Sea. Keep going, and the stretch near the Great Fish River mouth has Hamburg, Birah, Mtenthu and Mzamba.


The South Coast boasts seven Blue Flags, while Durban has two (uShaka and Westbrook Beach). On the North Coast there’s Salt Rock, Blythedale, Willard and Zinkwazi.

Where ever you go this summer, enjoy the time with family and friends!


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