It’s no secret that we love the ocean here at Dream Hotels & Resorts.
We also appreciate everything that comes with it: the salty air, the hurried whispers of crashing waves, and plenty of warm silky sand to wiggle our toes in.
As most South Africans close up shop for the festive season and the weather begins to warm, there’s no better time to grab the car keys and hit the beach.
But where to go?
With a bounty of beautiful beaches across the country, we’re always spoilt for choice which is why our team recently got together to pick out a few favourites.
Whether you’re looking for that perfect wave or a secluded spot to sun lounge, our list has something for everyone. Because at the end of the day, life is a beach, right?
Coffee Bay, Wild Coast Eastern Cape
Perfect for: road-tripping adventure-seekers
Smack bang in the heart of the Wild Coast, this idyllic beach ticks all the right boxes for leisurely strolls as the sun dips beyond the horizon. Wanting a dose of adventure? Saddle up for a horseback ride along the shore. Keep your camera close at hand to snap up a few pics of South Africa’s iconic Hole in the Wall.
Salt Rock Beach, Salt Rock, KwaZulu Natal
Perfect for: families on holiday
Salt Rock is one of those picture-perfect beaches to sip your morning coffee as the sun rises or sneak in a sundowner as it sets. With lifeguards always on duty, you can safely make a splash in the waves or unleash your inner mermaid (or merman) in the tidal pool. Although bustling with holidaymakers during the high season, you can still find a quiet spot to lay out your towel and watch the ships en route to Durban Harbour.
Kommetjie Beach, Western Cape
Perfect for: surfers and sun-worshippers
There are certain things that can make a beach truly special, and at Kommetjie, it’s the old cast iron lighthouse that makes it highly deserving of a spot on our list. This beautiful beach offers the most sensational views, with plenty of shallow rock pools for the little ones to explore.
Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
Perfect for: winter whale watching
This Blue Flag beach is one of the Garden Route’s finest. You can walk for miles along sands that seem to stretch on forever, and chances are, you’ll even get to spot some dolphins while doing so. The beach is also known for shore-based whale watching, particularly in the winter months when pods of southern rights stop by for a visit.
Second Beach, Port St Johns, Eastern Cape
Perfect for: swimming and sun lounging
It’s said that Second Beach is Port St Johns's heart and soul, and it’s easy to see why. Along with its powdery white sand and turquoise waters, you might even be lucky to spot a few Nguni cows lounging on the sand. If you do go for a dip, stay vigilant of rip currents and sharks.
Scottburgh Beach, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal
Perfect for: active beach-aficionados
Great for surfing, fishing, swimming and sandcastle building, this South Coast beach is an all-rounder. Affectionately known as ‘Scotties Beach’ by the locals, it also boasts Blue Flag status, making it highly sought after by ocean enthusiasts across the province. Two large tidal pools offer less confident swimmers a protected setting to savour that wonderfully warm Indian Ocean.