Durban is South Africa’s premiere family seaside getaway destination -famous for its beautiful beaches and warm Indian Ocean.
Being the main metropolis of KwaZulu-Natal Province, it’s guaranteed to have much to see and do, but it’s the beautiful beaches, rather than the plethora of attractions that, year after year, continue to be the lure that attracts visitors from all over the world.
Durban’s CBD beaches stretch along the famous Golden Mile, a promenade running the breadth of the city and dotted with attractions such as restaurants, skate parks, kiddies pools and the age-old Durban beachfront fun fair. But it’s the apparently unlimited expanse of sandy beaches with water warm enough to make swimming a much more immersive experience than it is in Cape Town.
Durban’s beaches are -due to the warm water, protected by shark nets, as well as dotted with beacons to point out safe swimming (Durban’s afternoon rip tides can be treacherous for the uninitiated), and feature lifeguards demarcating safe swimming areas for the whole day.
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This glorious sandy beach situated along Durban’s Golden Mile is well known for its safe swimming, big waves, and its vibrant, and recently refurbished promenade that features many cultural activities. North Beach is among the finest spots in Durban for water sports. Taking a tranquil stroll along the promenade will take you past upmarket eateries, and some of Durban’s famous downmarket curry takeaways, as well as the children’s treat -Minitown. North Beach is located at the centre of Durban’s Golden Mile.
Travel time from Durban CBD: 0 minutes
Sun worshippers, bathers as well as surfers head to Durban’s vibrant and charming South Beach. Durban’s South Beach is just off the centre of the city’s renowned beachfront, and it is an excellent location for going swimming or simply lazing about. This sandy beach provides for safe swimming as well as a surf museum, a theme park, a waterpark as well as the world-class aquarium uShaka Marine World -itself a hive of activity, restaurants and water sports. South Beach is the most southern section of the Golden Mile.
Travel time from Durban CBD: 6 minutes
Umhlanga Rocks Beach
Umhlanga Rocks is one of the prime tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. Found on the east coast of South Africa north of Durban CBD, Umhlanga is Durban’s Clifton, being on the beach edge of one of it’s most upmarket suburbs and lined with the regions most expensive hotels and outstanding holiday condominiums, high-class resorts, lodges as well as B&B’s.
Travel time from Durban CBD: 18 minutes
Amanzimtoti Beach is a more affordable option to holiday at than the other Durban beaches, with its warm water making it ideal for all-year-round swimming, snorkelling, diving, surfing and family beach fun. This sandy beach has lifeguards on duty (all year round). Holiday beach activities for kids are offered during the high-holiday season and which will provide hours of entertainment for kids, leaving you free to relax and work on your tan!
Travel time from Durban CBD: 30 minutes
Anstey’s Beach on the Bluff in Durban is very close to Cave Rock, which -for surfers, needs no introduction, who should be familiar with its famous surf break. Like many of the beaches in Durban, this is an unspoilt and lifeguard protected beach that is well worth a visit. Anstey’s is also a wonderful place to paddle in the shallow waves, and is dotted with numerous rock and tidal pools -great for the little ones. You can explore these at low tide and watch the kids delight in the sea urchins and many other forms of tidal life.
Travel time from Durban CBD: 14 minutes
In addition, the weather in KZN is, generally, hotter than in the rest of South Africa, which means that days on the beach are even possible in winter (and an absolute necessity in summer) -so much so that midday beach visits are to be discouraged.