Top 10: Beaches in KwaZulu-Natal

Durban's beachfront from the air. The Durban city skyline

1 Margate beach – South Coast

A choice destination for domestic holidaymakers, Margate is a popular bathing beach fringing a holiday town of the same name. The beach is close to restaurants and a safe pool, and lifeguards are on duty. more

2 Ramsgate

A nice stretch of beach combined with a warm lagoon makes this Blue Flag beach a holiday favourite with families, especially during the school holidays. Ramsgate is nestled in coastal vegetation and has a wide beach located in an estuary where pedal boats operate. more

3 Marina Beach

Located between San Lameer and Southbroom, Marina Beach offers a quiet Blue Flag haven on an otherwise busy coastline, and includes a tidal pool and ideal swimming conditions. more

4 Umzumbe

Umzumbe (Pumula) lies on the Hibiscus Coast. This is a beautiful and unspoiled beach with dense coastal vegetation extending to the sand. There is a small tidal pool and lifeguards are on duty. more

5 Durban’s Beaches

South Beach, North Beach and Bay of Plenty are all popular, accessible beaches. Favourite hangout spots for local surfers and swimmers, these long stretches of beach epitomise the Golden Mile for which eThekweni (Durban) is famous. more

6 Umhlanga Rocks

Located 15 minutes' drive up the north coast from eThekwini (Durban), Umhlanga offers up an upmarket stretch of beach known for its high-rise hotels, holidaymakers, fishermen, swimmers and surfers. more

7 Lucien

Lucien is a popular South Coast family beach that offers year-round safe swimming. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the year and there is an adjacent tidal pool. more

8 Trafalgar

Trafalgar is a quieter choice of beach located near the Mpenjati Nature Reserve. Lifeguards are on duty every day, but there are no restaurants and shops nearby. more

9 Umdloti Beach

About 15 minutes north of eThekweni (Durban) lies Umdloti, a popular enclosed lagoon-type swimming area with many rock pools. Laid back and relaxed, Umdloti is ideal for families, while an open section to the right is suited to surfing.

10 Sodwana Bay Beach

With rock pools to one side and a sweeping bay to the other, this is the preferred destination of deep-sea fishermen, scuba divers, snorkelling fans and swimmers. more