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Best coastal towns to visit this festive season

Are you looking to head to the coast this festive season? South Africa is blessed with miles and miles of scenic coastline, with parts that are completely unspoiled, and others dotted with sleepy resorts and bustling towns. Whether you prefer the vibrancy of Cape Town and Durban, or simply wish to get off the beaten track, these are a few of the best seaside towns to visit this festive season.


Famous for its brilliant blue lagoon and Caribbean-style beaches, Langebaan is only 100 km from Cape Town, so it’s popular, particularly its beachside restaurants. But even on a busy weekend you’ll manage to find a space for solitude.

Cape Town

An unbeatable blend of stunning natural beauty and year-round fun makes Cape Town an easy city to fall in love with. For starters there are the beaches – so many you’ll struggle to single out a favourite – and then there’s hiking on iconic Table Mountain, the penguins of Boulders Beach, the ever-popular V&A Waterfront, the nearby Cape Winelands and picnics and concerts at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Add to this a superb selection of accommodation, award-winning food and wine experiences plus a colourful collection of friendly locals and you’ll soon see why this captivating city was recently voted the World’s #1 Travel Destination.

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay has been especially blessed, with coastline, forest, river, and farmland creating a delightful playground for all ages. On the surface, Plettenberg Bay may appear fancy but at heart it’s really a nature- and adventure-lover’s paradise. Not only are there dozens of easily accessible walks, but there are various MTB tracks, along with the paddling, kayaking and swimming offered by the fortunate geographical intersection of river, lagoon and sea.

St Lucia

South Africa’s east coast is the tiny beachside town of St Lucia, surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, making it something of a ‘doorway’ town. It’s quiet and unassuming with ample tropical vegetation, wetlands and beautiful beaches.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning a great holiday at one of these beautiful coastal towns in South Africa for the festive season. You won’t regret it!

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