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The best swimming beaches in South Africa

It’s no secret that South Africa offers some of the best beaches in the world along our coastline, which stretches out for nearly 2800km.Whether you want to be by the sea, on the sea, or even under it, there are countless ways to get your ocean fix. Swimming is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to enjoy the water, and many of South Africa’s best beaches are tailor-made for taking the plunge.

Muizenberg, Cape Town

You’ll probably hear Clifton’s the place to be seen ‒ and if that’s what you’re after, it’s definitely the beach to head to. But the water is icy and you’ll probably soak up more sand than sea minerals. Muizenberg is a long beach lapped by the warm Indian Ocean water. It has calm sets of waves, walks, a park and places to eat. Go here if you don’t mind dodging newbie surfers. Just note, Muizenberg can get packed in summer and parking can be a nightmare.

Kelly’s Beach, Port Alfred

Port Alfred, on South Africa’s east coast, is an ideal holiday destination for the whole family. At Kelly’s Beach, there is ample space to build sandcastles in the soft, brown sand, and the warm Indian Ocean ensures swimming throughout the year. There is a demarcated swimming area for parents with young children, and boogie boards can be hired to have some fun in the waves. Surfing is also popular here with beach breaks offering left and right-hand waves.

Thompson’s Bay, Ballito

Drive 40 minutes north of Durban to reach the picturesque coastal town of Ballito. Popular with holiday-makers, Ballito has a choice of pretty beaches—and the best for swimming is Thompson’s Bay. This scenic cove is sheltered from the wind and characterized by its calm waters, interesting rocky outcrops, and a fascinating geological hole-in-the-wall. There’s a walled tidal pool for those that are nervous to swim in the open ocean, making this spot a particularly good choice for families.

Humewood Beach, Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth boasts for having attained the blue flag status for all the years that the award has been in existence. The long stretch has waters that are not only good for swimming but also ideal for picnics. The beach has several lifeguards, lucrative amenities, and security features. Other amenities include wheelchairs and beach showers. Also, you can find an ample car park and excellent restaurants.

If you love tropical beaches, then South Africa might be your paradise. Swimming aficionados will admit that it’s one of the cheapest ways to enjoy nature, and South Africa’s natural provisions will take care of that. Make sure you visit these beaches and have some fun in the sun.

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