Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa
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The Blue Flag programme is active in over 42 countries around the world - and there are now almost 4 000 official Blue Flag beaches.
Blue Flag beaches in South Africa are a very real feather in our tourism cap. To date, there are 36 beaches that have been awarded full Blue Flag status, and several others are in the pilot phase.
Conceived in France in 1985, the Blue Flag programme is a recognised international accreditation initiative that acknowledges excellence in maintaining the highest standards of environmental management, safety, services and amenities.
South Africa was the first country, outside of Europe, to introduce the Blue Flag programme in November 2001. Locally, the initiative has grown from just three beaches in the first year to 36 beaches in the 12th year of the programme.
Beaches with full Blue Flag status for 2012/2013 include:
- Bikini Beach, Cape Town
- Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town
- Mnandi Beach, Cape Town
- Strandfontein Beach, Cape Town
- Camps Bay, Cape Town
- Clifton, Cape Town
- Llandudno, Cape Town
- Keurboomstrand, Plettenberg Bay
- Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay
- Boknes Beach, Sunshine Coast
- Grotto Beach, Hermanus
- Hawston Beach
- Hartenbos Beach, Mossel Bay
- Hawston Beach, near Hermanus
- Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth
- Kariega Main Beach, Kenton-on-Sea
- Kellys Beach, Port Alfred
- Kleinmond Beach, Overberg
- Lappiesbaai, Stilbaai
- Lucien Beach, KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
- Margate Beach, KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
- Marina Beach, KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
- Trafalgar Beach, KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
- Umzumbe, KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
- Ramsgate Beach, KZN South Coast
- Robberg 5 Beach, Plettenberg Bay
- Santos Beach, Mossel Bay
- Witsand, at the mouth of the Breede River
The beaches have achieved world-class standards during the past season and have been adjudicated by both a South African and an International Blue Flag Jury to meet the standards of excellence set out for Blue Flag beaches. Blue Flag beaches are awarded seasonally, and can be withdrawn at short notice should qualifying criteria not be fulfilled.
Locally, the programme is run by WESSA (The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) in participation with municipal authorities. The Blue Flag iniatitive contributes to the aims of the White Paper on Sustainable Coastal Development.
The Blue Flag website is extremely informative and offers information on each beach's location, number of lifeguards, parking, average water temperature, special birds or animals that can be seen, and facilities.