12 Best Beach Holidays In South Africa - Updated 2024

Plarlene Juliane
Plarlene Juliane 
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South Africa belongs to the southernmost part of the African continent. It is one of the underrated travel destinations in the world. Having said that, it’s high time to create your own travel story by exploring this captivating country with amazing natural beauty. You can hop from Pretoria to Cape Town and Johannesburg and leave feeling inspired or meet the locals at Gauteng province. South Africa is also known for being surrounded by coastlines with that are near the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. There are ample accommodation options, such as beach house rentals, and if you’re looking for something more luxurious, then South Africa has many 5-star hotels to choose from. Below is the list that we’ve curated for you to choose the top destinations, so keep reading to learn more about the best beach holidays in South Africa.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) host status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and access to beach. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on February 13, 2024.

1. Kenton-on-Sea (from USD 85)

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Located on the Sunshine Coast of South Africa, Kenton-on-Sea is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Shelly Bay and Carriage Rock are few of the many breathtaking sights waiting to be explored. Adventure-seekers can enjoy exhilarating activities such as beach horseback riding, kite surfing at Cannon’s, and sandboarding. History buffs will appreciate the opportunity to visit landmarks such as the Diaz Cross and explore the shipwreck hiking and canoe trails in Kleinemonde.

The House Quarters located just off Route 72 and 25 km (15.53 mi) from Port Alfred is a stylish property that would be suitable for a coastal holiday in South Africa. Each room features a lounge area with a flat-screen TV, kitchenette, and viewing deck. Plus, guests can enjoy free wi-fi throughout the property, as well as access to an on-site day spa and private parking.

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The House Quarters

Wifi Available

Address: 44 Kenton Road
298.25 km (185.4 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Parking Restaurant Bar Garden Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services

2. Elands Bay (from USD 88)

Mussel Point (Mike Taylor's Midden), Elands Bay, South Africa
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Andrew Hall used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Located in the West Coast region of the Western Cape, Elands Bay is a charming beach town with an abundance of flora during springtime. The magical Verlorenvlei, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Elands Bay, is home to over 180 bird species. Only 221 km (137.32 mi) from Cape Town, Elands Bay offers a variety of adventurous activities such as surfing, rowing, sailing, rock climbing, mountain biking, bird watching, whale watching, and fishing.

Fork West Holiday Apartments is the perfect beach getaway in South Africa, located just a short distance from popular tourist attractions such as Sandveld Museum and Bird Island Nature Reserve. Each room comes with a fully equipped kitchenette. Some units also include a balcony or patio for guests to enjoy the stunning views.

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Fork West Holiday Apartments

Address: 4 Duine Street
505.48 km (314.1 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Parking Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Laundry Family rooms Ironing service Free parking

3. Durban (from USD 462)

Durban In South Africa
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user safaritravelplus used under CC0

With more than 4.5 million in population, Durban is tagged as one of the most populous cities in South Africa. With that number, Durban is blessed with innovative and creative people who have established beach holiday attractions in the city. Also, since Durban is a populous city, expect a mix of diverse cultures and architecture for every beach resort you may visit. If you’re looking for an A-lister celebrity treatment for your next beach holiday, The Oyster Box will provide amenities such as a mini bar, satellite TV, free use of wi-fi connection, private lounge area, swimming pool, and comfy bed.

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The Oyster Box

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks
853.45 km (530.4 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

4. Mossel Bay (from USD 42)

Mossel Bay, Downtown
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Mossel Bay is a harbor town in South Africa where tourism skyrockets yearly because of the great beaches everyone can visit here. For international and local tourists, some of the top beach holiday destinations here are Santos Beach and Diaz Beach. The waters around and beneath these sandy beaches are from the Indian Ocean. To complement your next beach holiday in Mossel Bay with a colorful experience, the Point Village Hotel in Mossel Bay is the accommodation you should pick. Point Village Hotel features self-catering apartments, with colorful rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, a small kitchen facility, and free wi-fi.

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Point Village Hotel and Self Catering

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 5 Point Road, Point Village
125.71 km (78.2 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Restaurant 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Laundry

South Africa Tour Guide

Jakes

Jakes

Jakes is registered and accredited with FET Certificate Tourist Guiding. He is competent to advise clients on all essential aspects of travel in South Africa having passed the SA Specialist course from South African Tourism. As a good story teller, he makes any historical situation or site come to life; and this is what makes him to stand out as a knowledgeable and exciting guide. “I’m always attempting to assist and improve the environment, motivating communities to protect nature in order to create a sustainable eco-system, and to protect all species for future generations. My love for nature and history brought me to the most beautiful and spectacular places in South Africa, and that is where I want to take my tourists as well.”

Tours by Jakes

South Africa Tour Guide

Thabang Molefe

Thabang Molefe

My name is Thabang Molefe, Director/ Owner of Tsalanang Travel & Tours. I’m a qualified National Tourist Guide in South Africa, born and breast fed in Johannesburg. I have worked in the sports & events industry where I discovered my passion for traveling, and later worked with some of the TOP destination management/operators in South Africa. I love meeting people, and exchanging knowledge, I’m an outgoing person who loves discovering and learning about history, culture and nature. As part of my value standard, I always try to change the way “the world” perceive certain parts of South Africa and Africa as a hole. I have traveled the southern African region extensively and speak various South African languages. Looking forward to meet you on one of my tours.

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South Africa Tour Guide

Denis Kilumbila

Denis Kilumbila

5. Cape Town (from USD 223)

V&A Waterfront - Cape Town, South Africa
Source: Photo by user South African Tou... used under CC BY 2.0

There’s no way your South African trip is complete without visiting Cape Town. Cape Town is popular with tourists because of Instagram-worthy crystal-clear beaches. These past few years, Cape Town’s trending beach has been Boulders Beach where tourists can enjoy the sandy beach with a colony of cute penguins. When you’re in Cape Town, be sure to check in at Bliss Boutique Hotel. This hotel will give you heavenly views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Amenities include free private parking, air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV and free wi-fi.

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Bliss Boutique Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 25 Albus Drive, Sunset Beach
458.46 km (284.9 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Garden

6. Knysna (from USD 77)

Knysna waterfront
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If you want to spend your next beach holiday in a town surrounded by lush ancient forests, head to Knysna. You can take a day tour at Knysna Lagoon, Knysna’s most popular destination because of the salt and freshwater fusion of the lagoon. Nearby this beautiful lagoon, you’ll get many choices of beach apartments. Among these many beach accommodations, Under Milkwood Resort stands out. This luxurious hotel-resort features phenomenal views of the Knysna Lagoon and surrounding milkwood trees. Unlike many other hotels in the area, Under Milkwood Resort houses chalets equipped with a full kitchen and private sundeck.

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Under Milkwood Resort

Wifi Available

Address: 13 George Rex Drive
44.96 km (28.0 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Parking Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing

7. Hout Bay (from USD 92)

Hout Bay
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Hout Bay is considered one of the best coastal holiday destinations in South Africa. A perfect beach holiday is where you can unwind somewhere near the seaside and where you can indulge in seafood dishes cooked by local restaurants – Hout Bay can offer these experiences. You can also enjoy awesome beach holidays through boat cruises in this town. These boat cruises take tourists to a popular South African island called Duiker Island. At Duiker Island, you can have fun watching cute seals. After your boat cruise trip or any other beach holiday activities in Hout Bay, stay at Hout Bay Breeze. Hout Bay Breeze is a mountainside hotel with each room equipped with a comfy bed, an air-conditioning unit, and a flat-screen TV.

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Hout Bay Breeze

Wifi Available

Address: 1 Sentinel Close
472.53 km (293.7 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing Laundry

8. Simon's Town (from USD 62)

Simons-town
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Henry Trotter used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Fall in love with the majestic views of the False Bay and the Simons Kloof mountains when you take a trip to Simon’s Town. Simon’s Town is arguably one of the best holiday destinations in South Africa because of the stunning beaches with whales, seals, and penguins. To get the perfect views of Simon’s Town’s beauty, your accommodation pick should be Quayside Hotel. Most rooms in this hotel have private balconies overlooking Simons Kloof mountains. Simon’s Town Quayside hotel has a perfect location because it’s just near Boulder Beach, one of the most popular attractions in the area.

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Simon's Town Quayside Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Jubilee Square
464.45 km (288.6 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Parking Restaurant Room service 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing

9. Hermanus (from USD 217)

New Harbour Hermanus (South Africa)
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Hermanus is a hidden gem nestled on the southern coast of West Cape Town. Tourists love Hermanus because of the relaxing beach holiday activities it offers such as whale watching tours, wine hopping, sea-kayaking, or just simply sunbathing at the beaches. You deserve a relaxing vacation in Hermanus with world-class service. For that, choose Mosselberg on Grotto Beach. Mosselberg on Grotto Beach is a boutique hotel that offers an excellent location and lovely views of the Hermanus town. It is conveniently near the airport and interesting attractions such as the Hamilton Russel Vineyards and Village Square.

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Mosselberg on Grotto Beach

Address: 253a, Tenth street, Voelklip
388.38 km (241.4 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Parking Room service Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

10. Paternoster (from USD 114)

Fishing boats on the Paternoster beach in South Africa Nov 2009
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mike Lomax used under CC BY-SA 3.0

If you’d like your next beach holiday to be different from just the usual swimming or sunbathing at beach resorts, take a trip to Paternoster. At Paternoster, you can spend your beach holiday by feeling the warm breeze from the sea while interacting with the locals at the many fishing villages in town. If you’d like to bathe in extremely cold water, you can contact a local guide to take you to the West Coast. For your accommodation needs, choose the Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel. What makes Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel unique is that each of the rooms is equipped with power-saving appliances and have organic embellishments such as handmade stone baths and basins.

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Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

Address: 5 Patterson Slot
528.42 km (328.4 mi) from Garden Route National Park

11. Port Elizabeth (from USD 99)

Port Elizabeth
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Port Elizabeth is considered as the windy city in South Africa. This city is well-known to tourists for having amazing beaches, cool surf spots and rich marine life. If you want to experience a breezy beach holiday, you should explore this major city situated in the Eastern Cape Province. When you’re in Port Elizabeth, check-in at The Beach Hotel to see breathtaking views and exciting things to do such as sunbathing on the poolside, swimming, and snorkeling.

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The Beach Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: Marine Drive, Summerstrand
204.16 km (126.9 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Garden

12. Ballito (from USD 111)

Ballito South Africa beach view 1
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Entropy1963 used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Ballito is a holiday destination town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, known for surfing beaches and world-class hotel accommodations. Aside from warm beaches, some of the favorite tourist attractions here are crocodile farms and biking trails. You can also experience outstanding hotel service in Ballito by choosing Fairmont Zimbali Resort. Here, you can take advantage of amenities such as a luxurious spa, TV, wi-fi, lobby bar, tea room, and spacious bathrooms.

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Fairmont Zimbali Resort

Address: Fairmont Zimbali Estate
873.98 km (543.1 mi) from Garden Route National Park

Enjoy your vacation in South Africa

The best way to reach your goals is to stay motivated. And to stay motivated, you have to treat yourself regularly. For instance, take an amazing beach holiday in South Africa by choosing the best accommodation from the list we’ve provided above. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, go ahead and don’t hold back because traveling will give you a renewed sense of inspiration.

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Frequently asked questions about beach holidays in South Africa

1. What are some affordable beach holidays in South Africa?

Point Village Hotel in Mossel Bay starts from 49 USD per day, Under Milkwood Resort in Knysna costs an average of 73 USD per day, and Quayside Hotel in Simon’s Town starts from 96 USD per day. These beach getaways are some of the affordable options in South Africa.

2. Which beach holidays in South Africa have parking?

The Beach Hotel in Port Elizabeth, The Oyster Box in Durban, Point Village Hotel in Mossel Bay, and Bliss Boutique Hotel in Cape Town all have parking available for the guests staying at their accommodation.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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