Last updated on Jan 18th, 2021 at 11:20 am

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South Africa is known for its spectacular beaches that stretch for miles… Pristine sandy dunes, surf-ready waves, and spectacular dive spots. What more could you want?

And who better to ask for the best advice on SA’s top beaches than the locals themselves? Travelstart recently asked its fans on Facebook to vote for their favourite beaches in South Africa. The votes flooded in, with readers highlighting spots from the wild subtropical dunes of the wild coast to the sandy shores of the Western Cape.

So if you’re planning to head down to the ocean for a beach holiday with the family this festive season, take a look at some of the top-voted beaches in the country below. You might just find a new gem!

20. Umhlanga

One of KZN’s most popular beaches for locals and holiday-makers alike, the warm Indian Ocean draws millions the world over to Umhlanga’s gorgeous golden sands. It doesn’t hurt that the town has great nightlife, hotels and shopping too!

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19. Hobie Beach

Port Elizabeth has a wealth of stunning beaches and Hobie Beach is one of the best, especially considering its location, near to all the most popular restaurants, the casino and hotels. The flat beaches of “the Windy City” are hugely popular with sailing enthusiasts with the eponymous Hobie Cat being a firm favourite here.

Go see for yourself with cheap flights to Port Elizabeth!


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18. Bloubergstrand

Home to one of the most iconic views in the world, Cape Town’s Bloubergstrand is a lovely spot to ogle at one of the New 7 Wonders of the world – Table Mountain. The long beach has gentle waves, lots of beautiful white sand and many restaurants and bars nearby to sip a sundowner and kiss your worries goodbye.


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17. Gonubie

East London is not the first place you generally think of when looking for a great beach town, but the Buffalo City and surrounding towns are full of stunning sandy stretches. The town of Gonubie is set on the river with the same name, and the beach can be found at the mouth of the river as it enters the warm Indian Ocean. With hillsides covered in lush vegetation and only a few houses peeking through, you would hardly know that you were a mere 10km from the city.

Go to Gonubie with cheap flights to East London!

16. Plettenberg Bay

Okay, so while Plettenberg Bay doesn’t have just one beach, this Western Cape town does offer a lot for a range of different interests. Beaches like Keurboomstrand and Robberg offer long quiet walks while Central Beach is great for families with lifeguards on duty in season and loads of activities to keep everyone busy.

15. Buffels Bay

Another Western Cape gem, this often forgotten about beach is just a stone’s throw from busy Knysna and is a great place to escape the stresses of daily life. The long beach stretches some 5km between the village of Buffels Bay and Brenton on Sea and is part of the Goukamma Nature reserve. Keep a lookout for dolphins in late winter and spring!

Click page 2 below for more of South Africa’s top beaches to visit during your next vacation…