10 Best SA beaches to relax on this summer

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Its summer and time to hit the beach!  It counts in our favour that South Africa has been blessed with kilometers of coastline, offering some of the best beaches in the world.  Discover, in our opinion, the top 10 beaches below, grab that beach bag and head out into the sun for some fun.

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In no particular order, here they are:

1. BUFFELS BAY

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Around the corner from the hustle and bustle of Knysna, you’ll find Buffels Bay, a great place to simply escape and enjoy nature.  This beautiful long white beach stretches for 5kms between the little village of Buffels Bay and Brenton on Sea.  Great for a hike or a day out dolphin and whale spotting!

2. CLIFTONclickclickgo_topbeaches

If you want to be seen and enjoy the summer vibe, then Clifton, Cape Town is for you.  Enjoy the white sandy beaches and clear (but freezing!) water.  When the wind is howling in Cape Town, you can escape here for an almost entirely wind-free day out.  Clifton itself is a set of 4 smaller beaches, aptly named 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach, each with its own identity.  Come spend the whole day and watch the sun set!

3. COFFEE BAY

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Coffee Bay comes with something for everyone.  Situated in the heart of the Wild Coast, this beach is effortless and a popular destination for backpackers because of the electric vibe.  Let your hair down, take a horse ride or swim through the Hole in the Wall.  The beach itself is simply spectacular with a backdrop of cliffs, hills and mountains.

4. GONUBIE BEACHclickclickgo_topbeaches

This little gem is one of the best secrets on the Wild Coast and is situated only 8km from East London.  A popular lookout spot for watching dolphins and whales makes this a favourite amongst families.  The raised boardwalk leads you to a fantastic tidal pool where you can spend your days.  Don’t miss this little piece of paradise this December.

5. KRAALBAAI

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We only recently discovered the West Coast’s best kept secret!  Take the road into the West Coast National Park and drive into the lagoon.  You will quickly forget where you are as the crystal clear blue water will carry you away to an exotic place that can be anywhere in the world!  Enjoy the surrounding fynbos, book a houseboat, take a hike or simply lie back and take in the exquisite surroundings.

6. LLANDUDNO

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A short drive from Camps Bay OR Hout Bay on the other side will bring you to Llandudno, a firm favourite with the local Capetonian surfer community.  Lazing on this beautiful beach with spectacular views of the 12 Apostles and Lions Head is surely a treat.

7. NAHOON BEACHclickclickgo_topbeaches

Welcome to East London’s most popular beach!   Renowned for its spectacular waves, Nahoon Beach is the home of many national surfing competitions.  With kilometers of un-crowded, sandy beaches on the one side and a rocky bluff to the other, this beach has something for everyone.  The estuary is also a firm favourite amongst fishermen and sun worshippers alike.

8. DURBAN’S NORTH BEACH

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An ideal tourist and holiday destination, this beach has plenty to do!  From surfing to body boarding to paddle skiing to plain swimming or tanning, if you like to be active, hit North Beach this summer.  The beach gets flooded over the holiday season with plenty of restaurants, clubs and bars to entertain the masses.  If this is your vibe, the North Beach welcomes you!

9. SODWANA

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Avid divers, fishermen and just anyone who wants to get far away from the city lights can head straight to Sodwana on the northern KZN coast.  With its sub-tropical climate and warm Indian Ocean you might as well be on a remote island.  If you’re an adventurer looking for something more than the classic beach experience, pack your bags for Sodwana!

10. UMHLANGAclickclickgo_topbeaches

This KZN beach has everything you want from a beach – great weather all year round, warm water and a relaxed atmosphere.  Swim, lie on the golden sand or enjoy a walk on the boardwalk and after your day in the sun, you can hit Umhlanga town for something to eat, some shopping or a night out!