KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsThe Durban Beaches
As the main metropolis of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, Durban certainly has much to see and do. However, year after year, its beautiful beaches continue to be the lure that attracts visitors from all over the world.
Where? Durban is a region that extends up to Umhlanga Rocks in the north, to Inchanga and Botha's Hill in the west, and just beyond Yellowwood Park in the south
When? Best during daylight hours
Overnight? See Durban accommodation, in KwaZulu Natal
The Indian Ocean is warmer than its counterparts and promises comfortable swimming conditions almost all year round. In addition, the weather in KZN is, generally, hotter than in the rest of South Africa, which means that days on the beach are even possible in winter (and an absolute must in summer).
Durbanís beaches extend along the Golden Mile, and include a number of beaches that have achieved the renowned Blue Flag status, which testifies to their beauty, cleanliness, superior management and commitment to environmental responsibility.
Because of its proliferation of fabulous beaches, Durban is a hive of activity for water sports enthusiasts. It is an ideal spot for surfing, snorkelling, SCUBA diving, whale watching, kite surfing and paddling.
Popular Durban Beaches
Where? Durban Beachfront
Though not as busy as its neighbouring beaches, Addington Beaches protected position near the Harbour makes it an ideal beach for families and for those wanting to relax away from the crowds. The warm Indian Ocean makes it a great swimming...
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Amanzimtoti Beach borders the warm Indian Ocean which makes the water ideal for all year round swimming, snorkelling, diving, surfing and family beach fun. This sandy beach in Amanzimtoti has permant life guards on duty and there is adequate...
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Ansteys Beach on the Bluff in Durban is very close to Cave Rock, which if youíre a surfer, you should be familiar with as itís a famous surf break. Like many of the beaches in Durban this is an unspoilt and lifeguard protected beach that is...
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Bay of Plenty Beach
Where? Durban Beachfront
The Bay of Plenty situated on the Golden mile is an unspoilt beach favoured by sun worshippers looking for a great tan. Rock pools at low tide keep the kids amused and it gives them plenty to explore. Being situated on the magnificent...
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Hit the Bluff beach for a surf or a dip in the water joining the others whoíre doing just the same. If youíd prefer to stay out of the action bring a good book and beach towel and enjoy an afternoon at the sea. This is a popular fishing spot...
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Brighton Beach and Cave Rock
Where? Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach is the perfect spot for surfers, catch a wave or two at one of the best surf spots in South Africa - Cave Rock. The waves are exciting and barrel frequently due to the large swell, however some major storms in 2006 have hindered...
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La Lucia Beach
Where? La Lucia
For a taste of the tropical, La Lucia Beach is just about perfect. The coral reef and colourful fish make for excellent snorkelling and diving, while the warm waters and fantastic waves make swimming and surfing here a pleasure. The beach is set...
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Durbanís North Beach is extremely popular during the festive season and December school holidays. Thousands of tourists and holiday-makers flock to the beach to get into the water. The warm water offers ideal swimming conditions, but you...
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Dairy Beach, also known as New Pier Beach is part of the well know 6km stretch of Durbanís Golden Mile. Another great surf spot thanks to the beach break which provides consistent wave. The surf is best when the wind comes from the southwest...
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Where? South Beach
Located at the south end of Durbanís Golden Mile youíll find South Beach. Protected by both lifeguards and shark nets this is a popular surf spot and extremely safe for beginners to the waves. Get down to the beach with your towel and umbrella...
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Where? Point Waterfront
Durbans uShaka Beach is a well known family beach attracting both locals and tourists to its sandy shores. From the beach you can spot dolphins riding the waves and if you are lucky between June and December you will be able to spot whales...
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Where? Durban Beachfront
Wedge Beach next to the new Pier at the Durban Beachfront is a pleasure to spend the day at, with the warm weather, warm waters and stunning surroundings you cant help but be drawn in. This long stretch of sand is ideal for a jog or a more relaxed...
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