About 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.

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.

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

Hibberdene Beaches & Pools

Hibberdene Beach

The Indian Ocean is known for its warm waters, which lap the KwaZulu-Natal coastline lazily and make for great swimming conditions. And it is these warm waters, coupled with the lush subtropical greenery and almost ...

Margate Beaches & Pools

Lucien Beach

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the almost year-round sunshine, and the endless summer-holiday vibe are all part of the Lucien Beach experience. This beautiful beach in Margate is perched along the scenic ...

Margate Beaches & Pools

Margate Beach

The South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is known for its sunshine, vibrant towns, and beautiful beaches. Margate is not only one of these towns, but also the name of one of these gorgeous beaches, and it is ...

Ramsgate Beaches & Pools

Ramsgate Beach

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 ...

Trafalgar Beaches & Pools

Trafalgar Beach

Just north of Port Edward on the beautiful South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is the idyllic Trafalgar Beach. It remains quiet, tranquil and absolutely stunning to see. And, what’s more, it is a Blue Flag beach, which ...

Pennington Beaches & Pools

Pennington Beach

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 ...

Amanzimtoti Beaches & Pools / Family Entertainment

Amanzimtoti Beach

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 ...

Southport Beaches & Pools

Southport Beach

Southport Beach may be fairly quiet, but it is all kinds of fun and beautiful. Plus, it has the esteemed title of being awarded a Blue Flag status, which means that it is a step above many of its contemporaries ...

Southbroom Beaches & Pools

Marina Beach

Perched on the border of the Impanyati Nature Reserve, the Marina Beach has been dubbed the “Honolulu of the South Coast”, thanks to its subtropical vegetation and laid-back vibe. To recognise its excellent ...

Umzumbe Beaches & Pools

Umzumbe Beach

The seaside resort town of Umzumbe is situated at the mouth of the scenic Mzumbe River and is characterised by dense coastal dune greenery, warm blue waters, and stretches of empty, sandy beach to explore. Umzumbe ...

Uvongo Beaches & Pools

Uvongo Beach

The wide-open spaces of Uvongo Beach make it an extremely popular getaway. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast and, when you’re lying on its white sands and ...

Umtentweni Beaches & Pools

Tweni Beach

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 ...

Warner Beach Beaches & Pools

Baggies Beach

Also known as Warner Beach, Baggies is a surfing hotspot in KwaZulu-Natal. This beach boasts long sandy stretches, and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. As one of the surfers’ favourite spots, Baggies Beach is ...

Need to Know

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

WhenBest during daylight hours

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Beaches of KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal and Durban boast 600km of subtropical beaches on the warm Indian Ocean coastline. What makes this fantastic coastline even better is that KwaZulu Natal also has fantastic weather all year round - even in winter. The water is warm and contains an abundance of magnificent tropical fish and coral reefs. Find out more about KwaZulu Natal's beaches.

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