South Coast Beaches

The popular South Coast has an abundance of magnificent beaches including Banana Beach, Glenmore Beach, Margate Beach and Marina Beach

KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsThe South Coast Beaches

The South Coast of South Africa boasts spectacular beaches, and weather to boot. The warm Indian Ocean waters and the long stretches of sand make for the ideal conditions in which to swim, surf, snorkel, and suntan.

Where? The South Coast stretches from the holiday mecca of Amanzimtoti, the beach playground just outside of Durban, all the way to Port Edward.

When? Best during daylight hours

Overnight? See South Coast accommodation, in KwaZulu Natal

Thanks to the lifeguards on duty and the shark nets in place, almost every beach along this stretch of the South African coastline is safe for young and old alike. For very little ones, many of the beaches have tidal pools, which are just full of exciting finds.

The South Coast is also home to a number of Blue Flag beaches, which means that these ones have met the strict criteria and are in line with some of the finest beaches around the world. These include Ramsgate, Hibberdene, Margate, and Marina beaches. Some of the other South Coast beaches are St Michaels on Sea, Lucien Beach, Banana Beach, Clansthal Beach, and Southbroom.

Thanks to the great waves here, the South Coast is the spot of choice for surfers, both local and international. SCUBA diving, snorkelling and shark cage diving are also popular here, particularly for those wanting a real thrill, while others may simply prefer to watch the dolphins and whales frolic in the ocean waters.

Popular South Coast Beaches

Amanzimtoti Beach

Where? Amanzimtoti
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 (all year round) and...

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Hibberdene Beach

Where? Hibberdene
The beach is netted for safe swimming so you can enjoy more time in the warm Indian Ocean. For those who enjoy seeing what lies beneath the surface you will be glad to know that plenty of diving, snorkelling and scuba takes place in the area...

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Lucien Beach

Where? Margate
Whilst in Margate for your summer holidays why not head to Lucien Beach for a day in the sun. This quiet but popular blue flag beach is accessible by a steep set of stairs. Take a good book, umbrella and sun protection for a chill...

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Margate Beach

Where? Margate
The South Coast has many stunning beaches, with Margate Beach being very a popular beach for holidaymakers due its close proximity to restaurants, shops and hotels in Margate. You can enjoy a stroll along this pristine blue flag beach...

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Marina Beach

Where? Southbroom
Marina Beach offers one of the best beaches on the Hibiscus Coast of KwaZulu Natal. It's Blue Flag status is well deserved with its excellent facilities including that it is accessible for wheelchair-users and designated parking and...

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Pennington Beach

Where? Pennington
Pennington beach is located 74km south of Durban along the KwaZulu Natal South Coast and is the ideal beach holiday destination for families where you and your children can swim in the relative safety of its tidal pool. Lifeguards are...

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Ramsgate Beach

Where? Ramsgate
This picturesque beach is located in the quaint village of Ramsgate, south of Margate along the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal. If you want to get away from the bustling beach town vibe then stay in one of the beachfront holiday cottages...

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Southport Beach

Where? Southport
Southport's beach is a lovely sandy beach with a tidal pool that kids enjoy. Lifeguards and ample parking available make it a great for kids and adults alike. And when you've had your fill of the suns rays and need to cool off, head...

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Trafalgar Beach

Where? Trafalgar
For the holidaymaker who is interested in exploring, watching or simply lazing the days away head to Trafalgar beach situated just north of Port Edward on the South Coast. This beach has been proclaimed a marine reserve in some parts...

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Tweni Beach

Where? Umtentweni
A little off the beaten track, Tweni Beach lies just 2km from the popular holiday hub of Port Shepstone. A safe beach with lifeguards on duty every day, Tweni beach features a unique little pool dubbed a "granny pool" by locals. It is...

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Umzumbe Beach

Where? Umzumbe
Umzumbe Beach is an unspoilt beach with dense coastal vegetation contributing to its appeal. Although a little off the popular beach track, you'll get to enjoy the sheltered and lovely sandy beach without being totally overrun by other tourists...

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Uvongo Beach

Where? Uvongo
Uvongo Beach is extremely popular as it is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. This is in no small part due to its sheltered position and the natural waterfall that empties into the lagoon...

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Did you know?

The South Coast of KwaZulu Natal is a popular ‘endless summer for all’ strip of coastland that trails down from the holiday mecca of Amanzimtoti, the beach playground just outside of Durban, all the way to Port Edward.

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