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Durban Beaches: KwaZulu Natal and Durban boast 600km of subtropical beaches on the warm Indian Ocean coastline. What makes this fantastic coastline even better is that Durban also has fantastic weather all year round - even in winter! The water is warm and contains an abundance of magnificent tropical fish and coral reefs. The beaches in Durban offer something for everyone - from safe beaches for family outings to the wild beaches that are a surfer’s paradise and the waves in Durban are fantastic wherever you go.

A Blue Flag status is awarded to those beaches that achieve excellence in water quality, environmental education and information, adhere to international safety standards, a high level of cleanliness, good quality of facilities (toilets and showers) and professional lifeguard services. Five beaches in the Zulu Kingdom were awarded Blue Flag status for the 2002/3 namely Margate Main Beach, Ramsgate Beach and Marina Beach near Southbroom on the South Coast; South Beach in Durban, and Willard Beach in Ballito.
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Margate Beach is long stretch of beach on the Durban South Coast and is ideal for swimming, bodyboarding and surfing. There is also a famous fishing spot off a pier. Margate is a vibrant holiday town with an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops. After enjoying a refreshing swim, stop over at one of the many café’s and sip on a cool cocktail whilst admiring the magnificent view.

Ramsgate Beach is situated along a quaint village known as Ramsgate just south of Margate. It is a quiet beach with awesome picnic facilities. If you feel like a contemplative stroll, there’s a beautifully scenic walking trail that extends southwards from Ramsgate towards the picturesque Southbroom beach and lagoon.

Marina Beach is a long pristine beach and tidal pool between Southbroom and San Lameer. It is also rather close to the awesome Mpenjati river mouth and lagoon.

Willard Beach is the main swimming beach in Ballito, 'Pearl' of the Durban North Coast where you can enjoy a scenic walk on the boardwalk and take pleasure in the spectacular views of bays and coves. South Beach is part of Durban's world famous 'Golden Mile' and is ideal for swimming, especially for children as it is protected from the powerful westerly winds and large waves.

The Elephant coast boasts pristine beautiful beaches namely Black Rock just South of Kosi Bay, Cape Vidal (a noted fishing venue), First Rocks, Hulley Point, Jesser Point, Kosi Bay Estuary, Leven Point, Liefeldt's Rock, Mission Rocks, Rocktail Bay, Sodwana Bay, St. Lucia and St.Lucia Estuary. St Lucia Wetlands Park is a World heritage Site and boasts long stretches of white sandy beaches. Visitors can explore the many rock pools along the beach, and watch for humpback whales in October.

Zululand has many gorgeous beaches perfect for all water sports namely Alkantrand, Durnford Point, Five Mile Beach, Mbonambi Beach, Mtunzini Beach, Newark and Two Mile Beach.

Durban’s North coast shoreline is an attractive combination of golden beaches and rock pools perfect for safe swimming, surfing, scuba diving, rock and skiboat fishing, or just relaxing on the beach. There are numerous gorgeous beaches namely Ballito Beach, Zinkwazi Beach, Umhlali Beach, Tinley Manor Beach, Thompson’s Bay Beach, Sheffield Beach, Shaka’s Rock Beach, Salt Rock, Blythedale Beach and Clark Bay.

The lovely South Coast has an abundance of magnificent beaches namely Southport (Anerley), Banana Beach, Bazley Beach, Beach Terminus, Big Tree Beach, Clansthal, Glenmore Beach, Green Point, Margate Beach and Marina Beach to mention a few. Clearly, KwaZulu Natal is a mecca for all beach lovers. Warm waters, white sands, fantastic waves and plenty of warm sun makes Durban a popular South African beach destination.
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Amanzimtoti Amazulu Reserve Balgowan Ballito
Berea Bergville Bluff Blythedale Beach
Boston Bothas Hill Cathedral Peak Champagne Valley
Clansthal Currys Post Dargle Dundee
Durban Central Durban North Estcourt Giants Castle
Gillitts Glenashley Glenmore
Glenwood Greytown Hibberdene Hillcrest
Hilton Himeville Hluhluwe Howick
Isandlwana Ixopo Kamberg Karkloof
Kloof Kokstad Ladysmith La Lucia
Lidgetton Lions River Lüneburg Margate
Melville Beach Mkuze Mkuze Falls Reserve Monks Cowl
Mooi River Morningside Mtubatuba Munster
Musgrave Newcastle Nottingham Road Oslo Beach
Palm Beach Pennington Pietermaritzburg
Pongola Pongola Reserve Port Edward Port Shepstone
Ramsgate Richards Bay Rosetta Salt Rock
Sani Pass San Lameer Scottburgh Selborne
Shakas Rock Sheffield Beach Shelly Beach Sodwana Bay
Southbroom Stanger St Lucia St Michaels on Sea
Sunwich Port Umdloti Umhlanga Umkomaas
Umtentweni Umzumbe Underberg Uvongo
Van Reenen Vryheid Wartburg
Westville Winterton Zimbali Zinkwazi
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