The 7 best beaches in South Africa you should know

South Africa enjoys a great international reputation as a paradisiacal destination and is that along its 3,000 kilometers of coastline you can find beaches for all tastes. Therefore, at Vacation Mode we want to share with you the 7 best beaches in South Africa; unique sites that you should take into account when determining what to see in South Africa.

As you can see, many of them are located in Cape Town, one of the main cities in South Africa, and it is one of the areas that offer more spectacular beaches. In addition, each of them stands out for different qualities and for the activities that can be done there, ranging from enjoying a good sunset to the practice of sports such as windsurfing or diving.

Cape Town
Cape Town

Beach of Hout Bay (Cape Town)

Hout Bay is a lively coastal district of Cape Town that attracts many tourists through the fishermen's wharf, the craft markets or the picturesque routes it includes. However, its main attraction lies in its beautiful natural environment; a surrounding landscape that you can enjoy from the wide and quiet beach of Hout Bay, one of the best beaches in South Africa. Far from the center of the city, it acquires a calm and familiar character combined with numerous chiringuitos and restaurants were to be able to enjoy the South African gastronomy. It is, in fact, in this idyllic setting where you can do your volunteering in South Africa. Irresistible, right?

Beach of Hout Bay
Beach of Hout Bay Photo: expatcapetown.com

Boulders Beach (Cape Town)

Located about 30 kilometers from Cape Town, you can find the main tourist attraction of Simon's Town: Boulders Beach. But it is not a conventional beach, but it is home to a colony of about 3,000 African penguins that will steal your heart (and also a smile). This implies that bathers do not have too much space, since they must share it with the adorable penguins, but observing this curious species in its natural habitat is a unique experience that you must live in your trip to South Africa. To facilitate the visit, walkways have been built to walk between the nests and reach the beach without problems.

Boulders Beach
Boulders Beach

Camps Bay Beach (Cape Town)

Camps Bay is one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town, as well as one of the most outstanding beaches in South Africa. Accessible only 15 minutes from the city center, so it can be easily reached by minibus. The beach is really spectacular, thanks to its white sands, crystal clear waters and, above all, to count by an incredible background landscape that includes the Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. It is an ideal destination to watch the sunsets, either from its sand or from the promenade full of restaurants, where you can enjoy the views accompanied by a good South African wine or a cocktail.

Camps Bay Beach
Camps Bay Beach

Clifton Beach (Cape Town)

Clifton Beach is mainly famous for integrating four small beaches in its interior divided by granite stones, although they are interconnected with each other. While it is true that all of them can boast clean and transparent waters, as well as an impressive backdrop that includes the Table Mountain, are differentiated according to their numbering and go to them different types of public. Number one is the least popular, although it is still beautiful; the second is frequented by bohemians and university students; number three is reserved for the homosexual community and, finally, the fourth of its beaches is the most popular of all: life does not end when the sun goes down, but follows intensely in its surroundings full of shops, terraces, and exclusive restaurants. Which is yours?

Clifton Beach
Clifton Beach

Jeffreys Bay (Eastern Cape)

Jeffreys Bay is one of the most popular destinations in the country for surfers. In fact, the surfing passion that is breathed there has generated that facilities are built around related to this sport, such as academies, apartments, shops ... There is even a museum dedicated to surfing! It is precisely here that the Billabong Pro ASP World Tour is held annually. But if you are not a practitioner of this sport, do not worry: there are many other reasons to visit the beach, which also stands out for its unique beauty, the lagoons for canoeing or boardsailing and, if that were not enough, whales usually go through its waters.

Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay

Coffee Bay (Wild Coast)

Located on the Wild Coast, Coffe Bay stands out for its spectacular cliffs, green hills and turbulent waters, thanks to which it is also a good option for surfing, as well as being able to see crustaceans or birds and enjoy walking routes. It also has an impressive rock that is imposed at the mouth of the Mpako River, known as "Hole in the Wall". However, what gives Coffee Bay a greater charm is that it is a wild place that escapes from the tourist invasion, so you can enjoy the visit quietly.

Coffee Bay
Coffee Bay

Muizenberg Beach (Cape Town)

Muizenberg Beach, whose 32 kilometers of length along Gordon's Bay make it one of the longest and best beaches in South Africa, is a great tourist attraction mainly because of its well-known colorful huts, which give it a unique picturesque touch. In addition to white sands and warm waters ideal for a good swim, it also offers many other activities, such as surfing or climbing on its cliffs. You should keep in mind that this is an area of white sharks, but do not worry: there is a high degree of vigilance that will keep you safe.

Our selection of the 7 best beaches in South Africa has ended here, although there are obviously many other beaches in South Africa to discover that may become a magical place for you. What are you waiting to see for yourself?

Muizenberg Beach
Muizenberg Beach