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Durban Beaches

Durban Beaches

Durban Beaches

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Durban beaches, North and South, KwaZulu-Natal. Massive beaches with fine sand, chunky waves that suit surfers, beach showers and masses of family entertainment - including free, pleasant kid's swimming pools - and feeding places all along the promenade.
Sea World and the new Ushaka Marine World amusement park, both off Durban South Beach, provide serious fun for kids.

Blue Flag Beaches north of Durban:

Umhlanga Rocks, 20 minutes north of Durban. Another monster beach with fine sand and solid waves that might deter toddler bathing, though rocks pools offer alternative interest.
Surfing is excellent and shark nets are in place unless fish are so thick that following dolphins are in danger.
There is a narrow 'promenade' - more of a path, - that hugs a couple of kilometers of the beach.
The downside of Umhlanga beaches is that they are not set up for casual visitors, more for residents of the endless apartment blocks or hotels that block the shoreline. So, if you're staying in one of those colossi, no problem, but if you're passing by you will have a great deal of difficulty finding parking or food and drink services.
Dolphin viewing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving off wrecks and reefs are available.

Willard Beach, Ballito, about an hour north of urban Durban. An excellent family beach with soft golden sand bordered by black rocks, grass and with seafront buildings of the relaxed town set back at just the right distance.
Shark nets and lifeguards ensure that swimmers in the mild surf will survive to enjoy scuba diving, golf, quad biking, microlight flights or a few glasses of South Africa's fine wines later on.

Blue Flag beaches south of Durban:

Marina Beach is small and dune-backed, with tropical vegetation of the Empangati Nature Reserve circling behind. Marina is excellent for kids as the surf is unusually restrained and tidal pools offer hours of kid fiddling activities.

Margate Beach a kilometer long, and wide with it, is attractively bordered with coconut palms, dunes and rocks. Some apartment blocks are a little over-dominant but the beach is lively, popular with families and students and has two swimming pools.
All the usual Blue Flag facilities of showers, lifeguards etc. are in place, and there's an attractive coastal walk along to Ramsgate Beach.

Ramsgate Beach, wide and soft, with the usual moderate surf, a milkwood forest nearby and a lagoon with canoes and padaloes. The town behind the beach is discreet and relatively quiet.

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