About Garden Route Beaches

Your Garden Route accommodation will likely be close to some of the gorgeous beaches that dot this stretch of the South African coastline. The Garden Route connects the two provinces of the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape; and its shores are sprinkled with inviting little towns. These towns and their settings are so scenic and offer so much to do that they continue to be some of the most popular tourist hotpots in the country.

Did you know? Once you've booked your Garden Route hotels or accommodation, explore the town and destination pages below for info on attractions, activities and things to do when you explore the popular Garden Route.

Plettenberg Bay is a surfers’ paradise, and many of its beaches are favourites for their consistent swell and rides, some of which are ideal for beginners while others are best for surfers looking for a challenge. But, more than this, Plett’s beaches are ideal for lazy days with the kids, inviting you to enjoy the sea-spray and sunshine. Visit the seemingly-endless stretches of Lookout Beach, where there is a lagoon for the little ones to swim or for a peaceful stand-up paddle. The waves here are excellent for surfing and kiting, and there are restaurants and ablutions nearby. Robberg is also a gorgeous beach, where there are rocks to climb and rock pools to discover, and nothing but spectacular views to nourish your soul. Singing Kettle Beach in Keurbooms, near Plett, is another really pretty, secluded beach.

Knysna is known for its massive estuary lagoon, and its banks are fabulous spots for a picnic and a dip in the shallow, tranquil waters. Bollard Bay Beach is a lagoon beach. However, because it’s on the banks of a tidal estuary, the beach is only accessible at lower tides. Just outside the town, there is Buffalo Bay (or Buffs), which is a stunning, vast beach that combines awesome surfing waves, excellent swimming, rock pools, sand dunes, and long sandy stretches. Body boarding, kite surfing, stand-up paddling and hydrofoiling are all very popular here. There are a shop, restaurant and well-tended ablutions at Buffs. The breath-taking Brenton Beach is impressive for its sheer dimensions and untouched beauty. This beach stretches all the way to Buffs.

From Knysna, the coastline is dotted with beaches like Myoli (excellent for kite-surfing, these waves and currents are a bit wilder and families should keep little ones in the shallow waters), Victoria Bay (a stunning surfing and fishing spot, with quaint cottages right on its doorstep), and Wilderness Beach where (endless white sands are lapped by the blue of the sea at the foot of some pretty mountains).

Mossel Bay is another firm favourite for tourists wanting a fantastic beach holiday with all of the conveniences of this coastal town. Santos Beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for its swimming conditions, facilities, educational contribution, and commitment to being eco-friendly. Eiland is a lovely swimming beach; while De Bakke and Pinnacle Point are also musts for visitors that want to soak up the sun and get some Vitamin Sea.

The Garden Route has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty, history, culture, wildlife, and friendly folk. Its beaches are testament to what a great South African destination this is.

Popular Garden Route Beaches

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Brenton Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Brenton-on-Sea
Brenton Beach according to all who visit, claim it is on the top of the list of the most beautiful blue flag beaches around. Situated near Knysna Western Heads at ...

Beaches & Pools

Bollard Bay Beach

Stay? Knysna Accommodation
Bollard Bay Beach on Leisure Island in Knysna offers a family friendly and pet friendly place to visit. The attractive surroundings and beautiful views certainly ...

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Buffalo Bay Beach

Stay? Knysna Accommodation
Buffalo Bay Beach is also affectionately named Buffelsbaai and you’ll find it in the Goukamma Nature Reserve just a few kilometers drive from Knysna. The beach is ...

Beaches & Pools

Dana Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Dana Bay
Dana Bay is approximately 20 minutes from the centre of Mossel Bay, although it is not a part of Mossel Bay as some would think. The area is in fact a conservancy ...

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Hartenbos Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Hartenbos
Hartenbos Beach achieved Blue Flag status which is a great honour. This means that the beach is clean, safe and environmentally sound, which means there is no ...

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Victoria Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Victoria Bay
Victoria Bay Beach is known for its consistent right point break, making it one of the most popular surfing spots on the Garden Route. If you want to see some ...

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Little Brak Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Little Brak
Find the Little Brak Beach and the Little Brak River mouth just over 5km from Mossel Bay on the Garden Route. The long stretch of white sand is idyllic and if ...

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Santos Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Mossel Bay
The newest of the Garden Route's beaches to achieve the coveted Blue Flag status (2013), Santos Beach is a delightful beach frequented by holiday-makers and locals ...

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Wilderness Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Wilderness
Unspoilt, expansive, beautiful ... just a few words used to describe the gorgeous beach in the Wilderness. And you won't have to fight for space here - ...

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Swartvlei Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Sedgefield
Why not take a walk along Swartvlei beach, starting at the rivermouth down to Gerickes Point. Here you will often be able to spot the Humpback and Bottlenose ...

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Sedgefield Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Sedgefield
Walking along and exploring Sedgefield beach is fun for all the family with so much to see and spectacular views to be admired. Sedgefield beach runs into Swartvlei ...

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Stilbaai Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Still Bay
Stilbaai Beach (or Still Bay as it is also known) is a peaceful, relaxing beach to visit yet has a fantastic atmosphere and always seems to be brimming with ...

Beaches & Pools

Natures Valley Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Natures Valley
You might have heard this before, but if not impress your friends with this bit of trivia – the Natures Valley Beach is the final pit stop to the popular 5 day ...

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Robberg Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Plettenberg Bay
Its almost like being on holiday... Grab a deck chair and umbrella from the rental stand and set up your spot on the stunning white sands of Robberg Beach. You ...

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Visit Witsand Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Witsand
Witsand Beach is an awesome spot for whale watching and this Blue Flag beach (2013) with the 4km stretch of incredibly white beach sand (hence the name) is a ...

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The Point Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Mossel Bay
The Point Beach in Mossel Bay is a stunning beach with a bucket load of atmosphere and stacks to do. Enjoy a walk along the rocky coastline or for a bit more of a ...

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Noetzie Beach

Stay? Knysna Accommodation
A very popular holiday spot for locals and a big attraction for tourists is Noetzie Beach, situated in Knysna on the glorious Garden Route. The beach here has ...

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Boggomsbaai Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Boggomsbaai
Boggomsbaai beach is situated just outside the bubbly Garden Route town of Mossel Bay. The outstanding kilometer of beach is popular with local anglers and is a ...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Great Brak
An extremely popular beach for families as the swimming facilities are safe and there are life guards on duty during holidays and peak times. In the winter months ...

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Cola Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Sedgefield
The Cola Beach in Sedgefield is one of the town’s five beaches and offers an equally beautiful setting as the others. This is a quiet beach, even during the ...

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Hersham Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Great Brak
Just east of the Greak Brak River mouth you will find Hersham Beach which offers ideal conditions for a swim. Feel at ease in the water knowing that the life ...

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Glentana Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Glentana
Find Glentana Beach on the magnificent Garden Route and like many of the towns and beaches on this route you’ll see plenty of whales and dolphins just off the coast ...

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Herolds Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Herolds Bay
When you find yourself on the Herolds Bay Beach think back to years and years gone by when our forefathers were camping on the same beach with their ox wagons and ...

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Eiland Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Mossel Bay
Eiland Beach boasts a large swimming as well as another long stretch along the Great Brak River. Anglers can enjoy fishing from the river or by casting into the sea ...

Beaches & Pools

Reebok Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Reebok
The Reebok Beach is found along the magnificent Garden Route and like many of the beaches along this stretch of coastline you’ll find that it is clean and ...

Beaches & Pools

Tergeniet Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Hartenbos
The Tergeniet Beach is a very popular holiday destination and many South African families have their holiday homes here. Families will enjoy their beach time with ...

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The Island Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Greak Brak
The calm waters of the Island Beach are ideal for kids who enjoy the water. Located at the south end of the Great Brak River estuary is this gorgeous beach that is ...

Beaches & Pools

Myoli Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Sedgefield
Myoli Beach situated in Sedgefield on the Garden Route is an outstanding beach with such exquisite views, soft sands and clear waters. This is a must visit for any ...

Beaches & Pools

Sparrebosch Beach

Stay? Knysna Accommodation
If you are up for the steep challenge of getting to Sparrebosch Beach, you wont be disappointed once you get there. This private and secluded beach has a relaxed ...

Beaches & Pools

Southern Cross Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Great Brak
Southern Cross Beach is a fantastic beach for the whole family to enjoy and is an ideal place to take your picnic basket for an afternoon of fun in the sun ...

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WhereGarden Route Beaches, along the Garden Route Coast, Western Cape, South Africa

WhenBest During Daylight Hours

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