Top 10 Eastern Cape beaches for this coming summer


With summer lurking just around the corner and with approximately 800km of coastline to choose from and work with, the Eastern Cape in South Africa, have plenty of sea sandy beaches on which to show off your summer bodies or to absorb that much-wanted Vitamin D sunlight. Herewith is a top 10 countdown of the best beaches in Eastern Cape to make an escape to this coming summer. The top 10 was collaborated from social media voting poles and the ratings assigned to the respective beaches on the website.

10th) Dolphins Beach, Jeffreys Bay- Sandwiched between the Garden Route and the Sunshine Coast, Dolphins Beach forms part of the surf capital of South Africa in Jeffreys Bay and is made for surfing, chilling, tanning and shell collecting.

9th) Kellys Beach, Port Alfred- Having Blue Flag status, it is the ideal beach to take the whole family out on holiday with warm, gentle waters from the Indian Ocean kissing the shores and ample amount of space on the sand for beach activities.

8th) Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth- Due to its child-friendly facilities, this 1.6km stretch of beach is of Blue Flag standard and attracts bathers, surfers, beachcombers and children.

7th) Humewood Beach, Port Elizabeth- Also a Blue Flag beach and being the focal part of the Port Elizabeth beach front, it remains a great beach for swimming, tanning, surfing and socialising.

6th) Kariega Beach, Kenton-On-Sea- Once voted the best beach in South Africa, this beach offers the best of bucket-and-spade country, being very child-friendly and is great for sea swimming.

5th) Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth- Conveniently located near to many of Port Elizabeth’s beach restaurants, the casino and beach hotels, this beach situated right alongside The Pier, is highly popular with sailing enthusiasts with the Hobie Cat sail being a firm favourite on this part.

4th) Gonubie Beach, East London- Beach is found at the mouth of the Gonubie River where it enters the warm Indian Ocean and with luscious green hills surrounding the beach, you would hardly guess that you were just a mere 10km from the city.

3rd) Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay- One of the most popular beaches for highlander tourists, the amazing warm water, flat rock-free sandy plain and gentle waves, make this beach a firm favourite for many.

2nd) Nahoon Beach, East London- Ideal for lazing on the soft sand, swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, surfing on some of their epic waves or taking a relaxing stroll on the boardwalk through the dunes; this beach will not disappoint.

1st) Santos Beach, Mossel Bay- Highly popular with tourists, which has an evident quaint little tram, and a train carriage on the beach where people can stay. There is also an old Victorian Pavilion and a divine stretch of sand slung across a bay which is warm and ideal for a nice long swim. Refer to above image for a look at Santos Beach.