South Beach, Durban

About South Beach

Located at the south end of the Durban Golden Mile is the scenic South Beach. Golden sands and warm blue waters are irresistible for swimmers, surfers and sunbathers that want to get the most out of their South African summer vacation. This beach is particularly popular, not only for its undeniable aesthetic appeal, but also for the safety afforded to it by the presence of shark nets and lifeguards.

The small waves make it a hotspot for aspiring surfers to learn, as well as for body-boarders and stand-up paddlers. Little ones can splash around in the shallower waters while the others play Frisbee or read a good book on the warm, inviting beach. Lazy walks with the soft sand underfoot are a must for the summer days when all that matters is sunshine, fresh air, and the tune of the waves as they lap the shore. Because this part of the South African coastline is fed by the Indian Ocean, the water is much warmer than on the west coast, making it ideal for children or visitors that just aren’t ready for icy dips.

This stretch of the Durban coastline is occupied by a host of restaurants and bars, which are just a few minutes away from the beach. So, after a day spent enjoying South Beach, head out for a night of good food and great vibes. There is a flea market on the beachfront too, where visitors will find great deals and unique items. This part of the Golden Mile is home to a water park, an aquarium, a surf museum, and a theme park. The uShaka Marine World is a must for families that want to get up close to a variety of impressive marine species. Watch dolphin performances, meet a seal, go cage diving with sharks, and feed the rays. There are also waterslides here for the ultimate in fun and excitement for the whole family.

South Beach is less than 10 minutes from the CBD of Durban, and 30 minutes from the King Shaka International Airport.

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WhereSouth Beach, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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