By Jessica Russo
South Africa has become all the rage - and rightfully so. Not only does SA boast spectacular safaris, vibrant cities, and interesting history, it also boasts some of the world's most breathtaking beaches! From beaches with amazing mountain views to beaches with resident penguin colonies, South Africa spills with coastal beauty. Keep this list handy - and your sunblock ready.
Muizenberg, Cape Town
The one with the cute little colored huts!
The birthplace of surfing in South Africa! This laid-back beachy suburb of Cape Town is home to tons of surf shops, awesome views, and cool restaurants. Situated where the shore of the Cape Peninsula meets the False Bay coast, this beautiful beach is drenched in colorful cool.
Camps Bay, Cape Town
The fan favorite - hands down.
Just minutes from Cape Town's center, Camps Bay is a beach lover's fantasealand. Picture this: teal water in front of you, white sand under your feet, and sky-high mountains behind you. Not to mention, Camps Bay is nestled on a vibrant street lined with popular restaurants and cute shops. Brunch and a perfect beach day? Sounds like Camps Bay.
The one with insane views of Table Mountain.
Beware - while relaxing at Bloubergstrand Beach, you may think you're in a real-life postcard. Bright blue water, stark white sand, and perfect views of Table Mountain? We promise, it's a real place. Bring your camera and a picnic - Bloubergstrand is waiting.
Grotto Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape
The best place to spot whales!
South of the Cape Peninsula, you'll find Hermanus, a lovely seaside town known as a whale-watching world capital. As you relax in the warm South African sun, keep your eyes peeled for whales' tales!
A stone's throw from Durban
Just north of Durban, this peaceful paradise is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean. With long stretches of soft sand met by sparkling blue water, the Umhlanga Coast promises beauty and tranquility.
Clifton 4th, Cape Town
The most popular of four neighboring beaches.
If you ask a local where to go to the beach, there's a good chance they'll tell you "Clifton 4th." This sandy hot spot boasts picture-perfect scenery, beach volleyball, nearby bars, and relaxed party vibes. Clifton 1 and 2 are more calm and secluded, and Clifton 3rd is a popular gay beach!
Boulders Beach, Western Cape
The one with all the penguins!
Cerulean seas, white sand, and - penguins?! Yup, you read that correctly! Between giant granite boulders, spot South Africa's most adorable residents - little black and white African penguins! Take tons of photos, then trot around nearby Simon's Town, a cute town filled with Victorian architecture, cute shops, and quaint cafes.
Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay
Turquoise beauty on the Garden Route.
Nestled between Knysna and Port Elizabeth, Robberg Beach is the epitome of beauty. Hike through Robberg Nature Reserve for stunning views, amazing wildlife, and everlasting memories.
Llandudno Beach, Cape Town
Local spot for surf and sunsets.
Framed by granite boulders, lush greenery, and the soaring mountains of Table Mountain National Park, Llandudno Beach is a low-key surfers beach packed with beauty. After your beach day, cruise through Chapman's Peark Drive for some unbelievable views.