7 Best Secret Beaches of SA

2015-12-11 07:17 - Louzel Lombard
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South Africa is world-renowned for her stunning beaches and impeccable summer weather.

Soft sand, rolling waves and sunlight is what draws millions of local and international visitors to our sandy shores every holiday season – a phenomenon aptly named the ‘Great December migration’.

READ: This is Cape Town's most Instagrammed beach

For some, this buzzing time of year is the ultimate holiday. While for others, the millions of people crammed into the country is a nightmare.

If you’re trying to dodge the Great December migration this festive season, but still need some sun, sand and sea, we’ve listed the best secret beaches right around the country.

Whether you’re on the West Coast or the Wild Coast, no one will find you here…

Share your secret beach with us. You can email us at info@traveller24.co.zaor connect with us onFacebookTwitteror Instagram.

Preekstoel Beach – West Coast

This beach lies in the West Coast National Park, which already makes it a little more exclusive than the other West Coast beaches. The 25km stretch of sand also boasts a rusted shipwreck. Fun!

For more beaches on the West Coast, check out: 7 Secret Beaches along the West Coast

Water’s Edge – Simons Town, Cape Town

This off-the-beaten track beach is one of the local secrets. It involves entering via what looks like a garden gate, which makes it appear to be a private beach, but it isn't! The beach may be regarded as part and parcel of Boulders beach but actually it lies between Seaforth Beach and Boulders, and most people know nothing about it.

For more beaches on the Cape Town, check out: 7 Secret beaches in Cape Town

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Koppie Alleen – De Hoop, Overberg

Situated in the serene De Hoop Nature Reserve, Koppie Alleen shows the Atlantic coastline as it ought to be – unspoilt and brimming with life. The boulders are covered in mussels, and black oystercatchers scouting about for a snack when it's low tide. The white sand and blue, blue waters also make this the perfect quiet swimming spot.

For more beaches on the Overberg, check out: 7 Secret beaches in the Overberg

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Victoria Bay Beach – Victoria Bay, Garden Route

This secret lies under a cove, enclosed by rugged cliffs. Along with Herolds Bay, it is also one of the smallest and most hidden bays on the Garden Route. The small sandy spot is a gently-sloping beach with massive waves. It’s a favourite with surfers too.

For more beaches on the Garden Route, check out: 9 Secret Beaches along the Garden Route

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Boknes - Sunshine Coast

Boknes is probably the best kept secret of the Sunshine Coast. The small town has only a handful of shops, run by locals. It is close to Cannon Rocks and Kenton-on-Sea, and yet it feels like you’re on a different planet when you’re the only one on its massive beach.  A walk to the nearby Dias Cross is also must if you're there.

For more beaches on the Sunshine Coast, check out: 8 Secret Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

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Mtunzini beach - Umlalazi Nature Reserve, South Coast

Mtunzini Beach is a unique destination for nature lovers as it has abundant birdlife and amazing stretches of sand ideal for long walks. The dunes and beach are surrounded by the river, which meanders through the forest and pristine mangroves in the area. Be warned, however, there are no sharks' nets at this beach. Keep it shallow.

For more beaches on the South Coast, check out: Shhh! 7 Secret South Coast beaches

Pebble Beach - about 10km from Port St Johns, Wild Coast

You have to hike to get to this one. Stick to the coast and head south from Amapondo backpackers for about 10km. You’ll hike up steep mountains, but the sweet reward at the stony beach over the hill will be worth the sweat.

For more beaches on the Wild Coast, check out: 7 Secret beaches on the Wild Coast

(Photo: Elanie Lombard)

Share your secret beach with us. You can email us at info@traveller24.co.zaor connect with us onFacebookTwitteror Instagram.