BEACHES

BEST 10 BEACHES IN DURBAN

Durban, South Africa is an amazing place to visit for your next vacation, and one of the prime reasons is the amazing beaches you will find there. This is a land of some of the most amazing, golden beach areas you will ever see. They are beautiful and allow you to have a lot of fun in the sun, whether you want to go swimming, surfing, snorkeling, or just sit out in the sun.

Many wonder what is the best beach to go to while you are in Durban, and the reality is that this is not an easy question to answer. The truth is that there are many amazing beach areas in Durban, but what makes one beach more special than the other is dependent upon what you want to do with your time. Some beaches are perfect for just laying out and or getting a little play time with the family in, but some are ideal if you are looking for a big wave to Hang 10. With this in mind, here are the 10 best beaches in Durban based upon what you most want to do.

1- Bay of Plenty and Diary – While the other three are great for surfing, at the other end of the beach line is this chuck of surfing heaven. You are destined to find some incredible waves here for sure, that will leave you with a lifetime of amazing memories. You will catch huge waves here and, in fact, many surfing competitions occur here. You will love a day of catching waves or watching others do it.

Bay of Plenty
Bay of Plenty

2- Addington Beach – Located near the Port of Durban, this is one of the more secure beaches that is also good for families or for those who would simply like a more peaceful day at the beach. There are very small waves here because of the port, which also makes it a great location to learn how to surf. There are schools at this beach where they will teach you if you are so inclined to learn.

Addington Beach
Addington Beach

3- Cave Rock, Brighton and Anstey – located on the far side of Durban, this is the place for some incredible waves. You will love the killer waves that are produced from the ocean’s surf. This makes for some outstanding times that you will not forget. No doubt you will have a great shot at catching the truly big one.

Cave Rock
Cave Rock

4-  Umhlanga Rocks Beach – located about 15 minutes up the coast from the city, this is a real dream of a location to go to. The beach is the home to some of the most luxurious hotels you will find, and that restaurants area absolutely amazing. If you are looking for real five-star accommodations, this is the place to go for sure. Even if you are not staying there, it is a place you definitely want to spend at least a day there. They have the famous Umhlanga’s Bronze Beach which is an incredibly busy place. They have great events on the beach and near the shoreline, and you will find some of the most happening pubs here. Definitely a must see.

Umhlanga Rocks Beach
Umhlanga Rocks Beach

5- Umdloti, Salt Rock, and Zinkwazi – if you are looking to have more of a family day at the beach, this is where you need to start. The way that the coast line is shaped allows you to have greater control of how far your children can get into the water, and there is a full life guard staff there. The waters are a lot less swift, and the businesses around the beach are ideal for those with children.

Umdloti beach
Umdloti beach

6- Garvies Beach – this is great place to find a long stretch of beach so that you can stake out a place and have a nice peaceful day. The sand is quick thick and beach area is great because this is near a residential area, so you do not have a lot of theatrics here. Just a great day relaxing is in store for you.

garvies beach durban

7- Kosi Bay and Sodwana Bay – If you are looking for more secluded beaches, these are the two places to go. These are beaches that are made for solitude, or for those who want to see that amazing sea life up close and personal. You will not only see amazing fish, shellfish and other aquatic animals, but you will also see incredible plants that are quite unique to this region. You will be amazed to say the least. If you are a diver this is the place for you.

Sodwana Bay
Sodwana Bay

8- North Beach – If you are looking for a beach that provides some of the most captivating sunrises you will ever see, then this is the place for you. North Beach has the most amazing sunrises, no matter what time of the year you are talking about. You can enjoy a great morning walking the beach, watching the sun come over the horizon, and then enjoy a day watching the surfers get their groove on. It is a lot of fun to go to for sure.

north beach durban

9- South Beach – What a North Beach be without a south one, and this is a great location as well. South Beach is one of the most popular surfing locations. It is a great place for beginners who want to get down the techniques before braving more challenging waves. This is at the southern end of the Golden Mile, and is protected by lifeguards and nets that keep sharks out. You will also find great hotels, clubs, and restaurants along the beach line that make this a great tourist location.

south beach durban

10- Wedge Beach – This is another popular surfing area, but the pier makes this a great destination for other reasons. You get some amazing views of the ocean from here, so amateur and professional photographers alike love to come here. It is also a great place for fishing off of the pier. The beach has a wedge shape to it, and with the way that the pier juts out it is an amazing place to spend a day. You will truly love the various things you can do here.

Wedge Beach