Our top 5 South Coast Beaches and what to do nearby

Top 5 South Coast Beaches

A visit to the South Coast would not be complete without a visit to one of the many stunning beaches available. Read all about our top 5 beaches, what you can do nearby and why we chose them.


Lucien Beach

Top 5 South Coast Beaches - Lucien

Conveniently situated between the lovely Lucien Beach and Margate Main Beach, Kridzil is in a prime location. Both beaches share the same piece of land, however, what sets Lucien Beach apart is that it holds the coveted title – “Blue Flag Beach”. Lucien Beach, also called Margate North Beach, is a great place to chill out as it is usually less crowded than Margate Main Beach, but please be warned that there are several steps that one has to walk down to access the beach from the nearest road. These steps could become a problem for people with physical disabilities or the elderly. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the year, and they even offer an environmental education programme during the holiday seasons.

Nearby activities and facilities include:

Tidal Pool (Swimming)
Tuck Shop (Snacks)
Line Shops (Stores)
Pharmacy (Medications)
Spar (Store)
Henry’s Meat Market (Butchery)
Vetkoek Den (Restaurant and Take-away)
Chippie Diner (Take-away)
Kart Freaks (Go Karting)
Village Tavern (Pub)


Margate Main Beach

Top 5 South Coast Beaches - Margate

Margate main beach is one of the most popular beaches along the South Coast due to its central location, multiple shopping options, and bustling nightlife. This beach is often the location for events such as the South Coast Bike Fest which happens annually in April. Lifeguards are available during busy times and peak seasons. This beach is a great place to relax and soak up the sunshine while on vacation with family and friends.

Nearby activities and facilities include:

Line Shops (Stores and Restaurants)
Swimming Pools (Swimming)
Pharmacy (Medications)
Tiago’s Margate (Take-away)
Cock and Tail Café (Pub and Bar)
Wimpy (Restaurant)
Margate Pier (Fishing Spot)
Royal Bakery (Bakery)


St. Michael’s Beach

Top 5 South Coast Beaches - St. Michael’s

St. Michael’s Beach is the preferred beach for surfers and bodyboarders due to it having one of the best point breaks in South Africa, but only when the wind plays along. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the year and often check the shark nets for bather’s safety. There is ample parking space available within walking distance from the beach and restaurants and a lovely grassy area which is perfect for a picnic or to watch the kiddo’s running around.

Nearby activities and facilities include:

Tidal Pool (Swimming)
Kiddies Splash Pool (Swimming)
C-Bali (Restaurant)
St Michaels Sands (Restaurant)
Line Shops (Stores and Restaurants)
Buccaneers (Pub and Bar)


Ramsgate Beach

Top 5 South Coast Beaches - Ramsgate

Ramsgate Beach is another one of the South Coasts Blue Flag Beaches which offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The beach itself is surrounded by natural vegetation which turns the area into a park-like scene and located at the end of a river mouth. There is no swimming allowed in the river, but there are pedal boats and recreational activities available instead. The fact that there are lifeguards available all through the year makes this a great beach to visit with the whole family.

Nearby activities and facilities include:

The Waffle House (Restaurant)
Blue Lagoon (Restaurant and Bar)
Whale Watching Deck (Viewing)
Spar Ramsgate (Shopping)
Crayfish inn (Restaurant)
Burlesque Café (Coffee Shop)
Butterfly Valley (Butterfly Farm)


Uvongo Beach

Top 5 South Coast Beaches - Uvongo

Uvongo Beach is conveniently situated only three kilometres from Margate. This beach is quite small and is enclosed by eroded cliffs. This gorgeous beach boasts lovely fishing spots, a shark netted swimming area and lifeguards who are on duty all year round.

Nearby activities and facilities include:

The Pavilion (Restaurant and Take-away)
Swimming Pool (Swimming)
Tidal Pool (Swimming)
Waterfall and Lagoon (Paddle Boats/Kayaks)
Uvongo Spar and Line Shops (Shopping)
LM Prawns (Restaurant)
Breakers (Restaurant)
Skyline Nature Reserve (Nature Reserve)
Uvongo River Reserve (Nature Reserve)


A Few Honourable Beachy Mentions

Below is a list of other incredible beaches along the South Coast as well as their distance from your favourite holiday destination. How many of these can you check off your list?

Top 5 South Coast Beaches - Honourable Mentions

In no particular order…

Umzumbe Beach (Blue Flag) (37km)
Hibberdene Beach (44.3km)
Trafalgar Beach (Blue Flag) (19km)
Glenmore Beach (25km)
Munster Beach (25km)
Palm Beach (21km)
Kidds Beach (26.5km)
Pennington Beach (Blue Flag) (68.2km)
Leisure Bay Beach (27km)
Spiro’s Rock Beach (32.3 km)
Dassie Beach (33km)
Marina Beach (Blue Flag) (18.3km)
Umkobi Beach (14.6km)
Ski Boat Bay Beach (6.5km)
Southport Beach (Blue Flag) (29km)


Other Activities in the Area

Are you looking for something more to do on the South Coast? Click here to read about upcoming events and continue reading for our suggestion of other fun things to do during your next vacation.

Top 5 South Coast Beaches - Other Activities

Oribi Gorge
Oribi Gorge is only a 57-minute drive or 42.2km away from Kridzil. A few activities you can enjoy are Nature Drives, Hiking, Segway Tours, Vulture Viewing and Wild 5 Adventures. At Wild 5 Adventures you can get your adrenalin pumping with activities such as Water Rafting, Gorge Swinging, Abseiling, Zip Lining (Sliding) and Paintballing.

Lake Eland
Lake Eland is only a 53-minute drive or 53km away from Kridzil. Zip Lining, Scooter Tours, a Suspension Bridge, Self/Guided Game Drives and a 4×4 Track are a few of the activities you can enjoy at this Game Reserve.

Beaver Creek
Only 33 minutes or 33.5km away from Kridzil is a coffee farm called Beaver Creek where you can not only enjoy delicious freshly brewed coffee at their coffee shop but also take part in a Crop to Cup Coffee Tour and Tasting, as well as various Mountain Bike routes through the coffee fields.

Clearwater Trails
Are you looking for an off-the-beaten-track experience? Well, 36 minutes or 36.8km from Kridzil is the awesome Clearwater Trails. This destination is perfect for Mountain Bikers or Hikers. There are five routes ranging between 2 and 16km pared with incredible views. There is no need to bring your own bicycle as they offer ones for hire.

Mac Banana
Only 20 minutes or 22km from Kridzil is an all-in-one experience for the whole family. Mac Banana offers a wide variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained for hours on end. A few of their activities and facilities include Mac Lifestyle where you can enjoy Restaurants, Takeaways and other yummy treats, as well as Mac Adventure where you can Quadbike around the farm, test your archery skills or even try to conquer their large obstacle course.

Must Byt Fishing Charters
Must Byt Fishing Charters is a short 15-minute drive or 7.5km from Kridzil. With activities such as Big Game and Bottom Deep Sea Fishing available, the fisherman in your family will be “hooked” on this option. Must Byt Fishing Charters also offers Shark Cage Diving for those looking to pump their adrenalin.

Surf Action
Surf Action is located in Margate Town, only 550m from Kridzil. They offer private, couple and group Surf Lessons as well as Surfboard rentals. Pop on over during your next Kridzil vacation for more information.

The Boarder Post
Enjoy exciting activities such as Wakeboarding, Waterskating, Jet Ski Rides, Speedboat Rides, Stand up Paddle Boarding and so much more at the Boarder Post with is located at the Umtamvuna River Lodge, only 34 minutes or 34.5km from Kridzil.


Top 5 South Coast Beaches - Other

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