6 picturesque beaches in South Africa perfect for a Christmas picnic

Posted by Taylah Strauss on 15 December 2021

What better way to celebrate this festive season with your loved ones than a picnic by the beach? It’s time to put on your best swimsuit and fill the picnic basket to the brim with snacks, because we’ve compiled a list of our favourite beaches in South Africa. Sporting picturesque views and tranquil waves; a sunny-side-up beach day is a must-have on your festive bucket list.

1. Blouberg Beach, Cape Town

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About 18 kilometres north of Cape Town’s city centre sits Blouberg, which is comprised of a few different beaches, including Dolphin Beach, Small Bay, and Big Bay. Aside from striking sunsets and soft sands, Blouberg offers a little bit of everything for everyone.

Small Bay is a popular spot for families, as there are fewer crowds, meaning there’s more space for the little ones to build sandcastles. A stone’s throw away sits Big Bay, a popular destination for kitesurfing. Blouberg also boasts the best view of the iconic Table Mountain and guarantees a stunning picture to share on social media.

2. Llandudno Beach, Cape Town

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Headed towards Hout Bay, down a narrow winding road off the highway sits Llandudno Beach. This unique beach is a favourite for the locals who are eager to escape the crowds at surrounding beaches.

With no restaurants or shops nearby, Llandudno Beach offers an escape from the daily nine-to-five grind and the city buzz. For those who can withstand the icy Atlantic waters, bodyboarding and surfing is a must. The beach is set in a cove filled with soft sand, ideal for picnics and building sandcastles.

3. Boulders Beach, Cape Town

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Calling all penguin enthusiasts! Set between large granite boulders on the coastline, Boulders Beach is home to a large colony of endangered African penguins.

These beloved flightless birds strut between the sand and sea. However, remember that whilst they are cute, they’re still wild animals (and endangered), so keep a safe distance and do not feed them.

Boulders Beach boasts warmer waters, so for those who can’t stand the frigid temperatures of the other beaches on the list, this is for you.

4. uShaka Beach, Durban

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uShaka Beach stretches along the southern end of Durban’s Golden Mile of Beaches. This family-friendly beach boasts a series of activities for the entirety of summer in South Africa.

Aside from the uShaka Marine World theme park right at the back of the beach, this picturesque beach is an all-year-round spot for surfers, kite surfers and kayakers. There is also a large pier that stretches out into the Indian Ocean, at the end of which sits a restaurant and bar.

5. North Beach, Durban

Durban’s North Beach: golden sands that stretch for miles along the coastline, palm trees lining the shores, and pristine waters begging you to take a dip. This beach is surrounded by popular cafes and shops, so if you forget your sandwiches or cool drinks, you’re in luck.

Tourists flock to this beach to chase wicked barrel waves against the sun, and to take bikini-ready body pictures. If it’s not on your itinerary, it should be!

6. Salt Rock Beach, uMhlanga

Just a mere 20-minute drive from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport sits Salt Rock Beach. A stretch off the shore of Salt Rock Beach, snorkellers and scuba divers can view the thriving reef.

Aside from surfing, this beach is unique for something that has not yet made it to this list – stand-up paddleboarding. Salt Rock Beach also takes safety one step further with shark nets and plenty of lifeguards. Once the little ones are done building sandcastles and having a snack on the picnic blanket, they can take a dip in the nearby tidal pool.

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