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Full List of South African Beaches

This is a full list of beaches of South Africa. A beach is a geological landform along the shoreline of a body of water. It usually consists of loose particles which are often composed of rock, such s sand, gravel, shingle, pebbles, or cobblestones. The particles of which the beach is composed can sometimes instead have biological origins, such as shell fragments or coralline algae fragments.

List of beaches of South Africa

List of Beaches in the Eastern Cape

Name of Beach Province Nearest town Coördinates Length in M
Bluewater Beach Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth    
New Brighton Beach Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth    
Cape St. Francis Beach Eastern Cape Cape St. Francis    
Jeffreys Bay Beach Eastern Cape Jeffreys Bay    
Kidds Beach Eastern Cape Kidds Beach    
King’s Beach Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth    
Pollok Beach Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth

List of Beaches of KwaZulu Natal (KZN)

Name of Beach Province Nearest town/ city Coördinates Length in M
Beaches of Durban KwaZulu-Natal Durban    
Alkanstrand Beach KwaZulu-Natal Richards Bay    
Banana Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Shepstone    
Bazley Beach KwaZulu-Natal Bazley    
Black Rock Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Blythedale Beach KwaZulu-Natal KwaDukuza    
Clarke Bay Beach KwaZulu-Natal Ballito    
Compensation Beach KwaZulu-Natal Ballito    
Glenmore Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Hibberdene Beach KwaZulu-Natal Hibberdene    
Ifafa Beach KwaZulu-Natal Ifafa Beach    
Ivy Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Kidds Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Leisure Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Lucien Beach KwaZulu-Natal Margate    
Manaba Beach KwaZulu-Natal Margate    
Margate Main Beach KwaZulu-Natal Margate    
Melville Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Shepstone/Hibberdene    
Mtwalume Beach KwaZulu-Natal Mtwalume    
Oslo Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Shepstone    
Palm Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward/Southbroom    
Pennington Beach KwaZulu-Natal Pennington    
Port Edward Main Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Portobello Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Port Shepstone Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Shepstone    
Pumula Beach KwaZulu-Natal Umzumbe    
Ramsgate Main Beach KwaZulu-Natal Ramsgate    
Ramsgate South Beach KwaZulu-Natal Ramsgate    
Rennies Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Salmon Bay Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Salt Rock Beach KwaZulu-Natal Salt Rock    
San Lameer Beach KwaZulu-Natal Southbroom    
Scottburgh Beach KwaZulu-Natal Scottburgh    
Sea Park Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Shepstone    
Sheffield Beach KwaZulu-Natal Ballito    
Shelly Beach KwaZulu-Natal Shelly Beach    
Silver Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Southbroom Main Beach KwaZulu-Natal Southbroom    
Southport Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Shepstone    
St Michael’s Beach KwaZulu-Natal Shelly Beach    
Tinley Manor Beach KwaZulu-Natal Ballito    
Thompsons Bay Beach KwaZulu-Natal Ballito/Shaka’s Rock    
T.O. Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Edward    
Trafalgar Beach KwaZulu-Natal Southbroom    
Tugela Beach KwaZulu-Natal Tugela Mouth    
Tweni Beach KwaZulu-Natal Port Shepstone    
Umhlali Beach KwaZulu-Natal Ballito    
Umkobi Beach KwaZulu-Natal Southbroom    
Umzumbe Beach KwaZulu-Natal Umzumbe    
Uvongo Beach KwaZulu-Natal Uvongo    
Willard Beach KwaZulu-Natal Ballito    
Windsor on Sea Beach KwaZulu-Natal Shelly Beach    
Zinkwazi Beach KwaZulu-Natal Zinkwazi Beach    


List of Beaches of the Western Cape

Elands Bay Beach Western Cape Elands Bay  

Western Cape beaches are mainly found around the Cape Metropole area. 

The Cape Metropole (greater Cape Town) has a wide variety of beaches divided into three regions by the Cape Peninsula:

  • False Bay, including the long sandy beach running from Gordon’s Bay to Muizenberg, and the smaller beaches along the East side of the Cape Peninsula
  • Atlantic Seaboard, along the West (Atlantic) side of the Cape Peninsula
  • Blaauwberg/West Coast, along the Blaauwberg coast running Northwards from Cape Town

The sea in False Bay is about 6 degrees warmer than the Atlantic Seaboard and the West Coast.

In 2011, Lonely Planet listed Cape Town second in its list of the world’s top 10 beach cities. 

False Bay

A long sandy beach runs more or less uninterrupted for the complete width of False Bay from Gordon’s Bay to Muizenberg, forming the coast of the Cape Flats. Along the rocky Cape Peninsula, there are frequent beautiful beaches in between the mountains of the peninsula.

  • Gordon’s Bay
  • Strand
  • Macassar
  • Muizenberg
  • St James
  • Kalk Bay
  • Fish Hoek
  • Glencairn
  • Simon’s Town
  • Boulders Beach
  • Monwabisi Beach

Atlantic Seaboard

The Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula faces West and thus is popular for expensive homes facing the sunset views. There are many beautiful beaches below the mountains of the peninsula.

  • Scarborough
  • Kommetjie
  • Crayfish factory Beach
  • Noordhoek
  • Hout Bay
  • Sandy Bay
  • Llandudno
  • Sea Point
  • Clifton
  • Camps Bay
  • Glen Beach

West Coast

The West Coast beaches are long, sandy beaches to the North of Cape Town. The wind and surf conditions make these beaches popular for surfing and kite-surfing.

  • Milnerton
  • Sunset Beach
  • Bloubergstrand

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