About Onrus Beach

For spectacular ocean views and a laid-back vibe, book your accommodation in Hermanus in the Cape Overberg. The beaches are one of its main attractions and itís not surprising Ė the waters are cool and clean, and the shores offer long sandy stretches and intriguing rock pools. Onrus Beach is one of these gems, and has so much going for it.

It is perched on the Onrus River, where the serene lagoon makes its way into the Atlantic Ocean at a scenic mouth. This means that Onrus has the best of all worlds - there are calm, shallow waters for the children and great waves for surfers and the more adventurous. In fact, this beach hosts an annual surfing and body-boarding competition in December, thanks to its awesome swell and conditions. The lagoon tends to have warmer water too, which is a definite bonus during the cooler months of the year.

The sandy shores are ideal for beach sports (like Frisbee or bat-and-ball), a romantic stroll, or enjoying a good book. There is a restaurant perched just above the beach, which is fab for a light lunch and some refreshments. There are ablutions on the beach, so families can plan to spend the whole day enjoying sunshine and fresh air. There is also a lot of parking available, making it easy and convenient to visit.

Onrus Beach is about 20 minutes from the heart of the whale-watching capital of South Africa, Hermanus. It is also less than 90 minutes from the Cape Town International Airport.

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WhereOnrus, Hermanus, Cape Overberg, Western Cape

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