About Sunshine Coast Beaches

If you’ve booked accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, you have put yourself in the perfect position for a stunning beach holiday in South Africa; because this area is home to hundreds of kilometres of spectacular coastline. The Sunshine Coast stretches from Tsitsikamma (on the Garden Route), through Port Elizabeth, and onto East London in the Eastern Cape. This translates to about 500 kilometres of unspoilt coast, which is peppered with absolutely gorgeous beaches.

Did you know? The Sunshine Coast is a fabulous testament to the beauty and variety that is the Eastern Cape beach experience.

Cape St Francis, about an hour from Port Elizabeth, has a quiet beach that is just breath-taking (called Cape St Francis Marina). It has been awarded Blue Flag status and is all kinds of beautiful for families and friends looking for a seaside time-out.

Jeffrey’s Bay is renowned around the world for its incredible surfing conditions. The most popular surf spots include Boneyards, Supertubes, Kitchen Windows, Albatross and Magnatubes. For those that prefer to laze on the sand or splash around in the waves, head to Main Beach or Paradise Beach. The water in J-Bay is fairly warm (averaging around 22 degrees Celsius in summer and 19 degrees in winter).

Further along the coast are the gorgeous beaches of Port Elizabeth; which include Kings, Humewood, Hobie, Pollock, Sardinia Bay, Maitlands and Bluewater Bay.

Between Port Elizabeth and East London, there are a number of little seaside towns like Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred. This entire area is punctuated by massive river mouths that lead to picturesque beaches. But, despite being so absolutely stunning, many of these beaches remain quiet almost all year round. This means that visitors get to enjoy the endless white sands, warm blue waters, and pretty green coastal vegetation in absolute serenity. The rivers often create shallower, safer places for little ones to play in, while the waves all along the Eastern Cape shores are perfect for surfing and stand-up paddling. This province is known for its windy afternoons, which is great news for kite-surfers.

East London is a busy metropolis, but it boasts a very pretty shore. This is an extremely popular hotspot for kite-surfers and surfers that would opt for a day on the water above one spent anywhere else. Kidd’s Beach, Leechers, Shelly Beach, and Fullers Bay are all great for a swim, paddle and surf. Gonubie Beach is a Blue Flag Beach that is excellent for swimming and exploring. Nahoon is also idyllic for swimming and surfing and remains relatively quiet, as are Bonza Bay and Cove Rock beaches.

Popular Sunshine Coast Beaches

Beaches & Pools

Paradise Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Jeffreys Bay
Marking the halfway point between the surfing hotspot of Jeffrey’s Bay and the holiday retreat town of Cape St Francis is the aptly named Paradise Beach ...

Beaches & Pools / Family Entertainment

Eastern Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in East London
Eastern beach, which lies just past the East London aquarium opposite Marina Glen, is not only one of the city’s most central beaches, it’s one of the most popular ...

Beaches & Pools

Nahoon Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in East London
Nahoon beach is a surfer’s and swimmer’s paradise and is arguably East London’s most popular beach - we’re talking kilometres of (mostly) uncrowded and unpolluted ...

Beaches & Pools

Bonza Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in East London
Bonza Bay’s beach lies just off the Quinera Lagoon giving you the best of both worlds - wonderful fishing, birding and swimming opportunities as well as mounds of ...

Beaches & Pools

Igoda Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in East London
Just outside East London, where the Eastern Cape landscapes are characterised by green hills and just about more rivers than trees, is the serenity of the Igoda ...

Beaches & Pools

Gulu Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in East London
Although Gulu Beach is essentially frequented by recreational anglers, it makes for a wonderful day trip during summer, when the wide open beach at the seaward end ...

Beaches & Pools

Kelly's Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Port Alfred
A unique feature of Kelly's Beach in Port Alfred on the Sunshine Coast is the two viewing decks from which you can view the beach, perhaps spot a whale or two and ...

Beaches & Pools

Cintsa Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Cintsa
Whether you’re staying in East London for a family vacation, honeymoon or business trip, its beaches are non-negotiable additions to your itinerary. They’re known ...

Beaches & Pools

Kariega Beach

Stay? Kenton-on-Sea Accommodation
Kariega Beach is a secluded treasure on the Eastern Cape coastline. It is part of the quaint little seaside resort of Kenton-on-Sea, which is on the route between ...

Beaches & Pools

St Francis Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in St Francis Bay
St Francis Bay is popular for so many reasons. It is a holiday town that is less than an hour’s drive from the metropolis of Port Elizabeth. It exudes a laid-back ...

Beaches & Pools

Supertubes and Dolphin Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Jeffreys Bay
Dolphin Beach is one of the few beaches in the country that has achieved Blue Flag status (2013). Situated in the renowned surfing hotspot of Jeffrey’s Bay, Dolphin ...

Beaches & Pools

Middle Beach

Stay? Kenton On Sea Accommodation
Situated in Kenton-on Sea on the Sunshine Coast lies Middle Beach, an unspoilt beach with soft sand and lovely warm water. When it is low enough at low tide the ...

Beaches & Pools

Cannon Rocks Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Cannon Rocks
The beautiful Cannon Rocks beach is located near the boundary of the Addo Elephant National Park offers awesome kitesurfing opportunities and has hosted kitesurfing ...

Beaches & Pools

Boknes Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Cannon Rocks
Boknesstrand, or Boknes Beach, lies tagged on to the end of Cannon Rocks like a gentle comma marking the space between two thoughts - in this case Cannon Rocks and ...

Beaches & Pools

Kidds Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Kidds Beach
Kidds Beach may refer either to the small Kidds Beach village or the beautiful beach of this name, located very close to East London in the Eastern Cape Province ...

Beaches & Pools

Kasouga Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Port Alfred
Kasouga Beach is a sight for sore eyes with the most magnificent landscape combining country and coast. Artists and photographers flock to the area to capture the ...

Beaches & Pools

Sunrise On Sea Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in East London
The Sunrise On Sea Beach in East London on the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape forms part of the magnificent Strandloper Hiking Trail (popular multiday hike) and ...

Shelley Beach

Stay? Kenton On Sea Accommodation
Along the laid-back stretch of coastline that is dedicated to the little holiday town of Kenton-on-Sea, the warm waters lap lazily on the Shelley Beach shores. This ...

Beaches & Pools

Kleinemonde Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Kleinemonde
The Eastern Cape Province boasts a spectacular coastline that is punctuated by countless rivers and river mouths. This makes for some really glorious spots that are ...

Beaches & Pools / Water Sports / Family Entertainment

Bluewater Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Bluewater Bay
On the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, where the ocean is wilder and the air is laced with sea spray, are the laid-back suburb of Bluewater Bay and its beach of the ...

Cove Rock Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in East London
The whole coastline of the Eastern Cape is speckled by massive, pristine beaches that are quiet, vast and nothing short of exquisite. Many of these are fed by ...

Fishing / Beaches & Pools

Swartkops Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Bluewater Bay
On the outskirts of the industrial area of Port Elizabeth, heading towards the world-renowned Addo Elephant National Park, is the tiny sandy stretch of the ...

Need to Know

WhereSunshine Coast Beaches, along the Sunshine Coast from Tsitsikammna to East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa

WhenBest During Daylight Hours

OvernightStay in Sunshine Coast Accommodation, Eastern Cape


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