The Best South African Coastal Towns To Visit

South Africa is known for a lot of things. It’s home to some of the best national parks in the world; it’s a great place to experience a range of different foods, cultures, and peoples; it’s the ultimate destination for anyone that likes to explore the great outdoors. But perhaps what the country is best known for is its incredible coastlines, the likes of which are unmatched by any other country on the planet.

Dotted along these coastlines are a selection of unique and beautiful towns that are both perfect to live in or just to visit for a few days.


While it’s become more than just a simple town, Hermanus remains a must-see for anyone that’s travelling along the western coast of South Africa. About an hour and a half’s drive from the city of Cape Town, Hermanus is a one-of-a-kind seaside town packed with things to do and see, all set against a picturesque range of mountains to one side and a gorgeous coast on the other. Restaurants, bars, art galleries, museums, and so much more are available in this fascinating town that has an equally interesting history.

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay is another “town” that has grown into something more and is a popular seaside resort for both locals as well as international tourists. It’s home to some of the best beaches in the country, and it’s perfect for anyone that lives to spend time outdoors or in the wilderness. Surfing is a popular pastime in the area, and for animal lovers, Plettenberg Bay isn’t far from a number of world-famous animal sanctuaries and nature reserves.

Cape Agulhas

There are a lot of reasons to visit Cape Agulhas. For one, it’s situated on the southernmost tip of the continent of Africa and is also a part of the line that separates the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. Not only that, but the entire area is surrounded by a beautiful nature reserve, and it remains a popular spot for those that like to go whale watching.


Found on the eastern coast, in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Ballito is a small but incredibly unique seaside town that has become popular over the last few years thanks to its awesome beaches, eateries, and thanks to its location between the main city of Durban and the rest of the northern coast of the province, with great hotels to relax with a drink while checking out the latest New Zealand horse racing tips.

Not only does it boast one of the very best coastlines in the world, but it’s also home to a number of events, with the most notable being the Ballito Pro.

Coffee Bay

Known for being one of the few places along the coast that has remained almost completely untouched, Coffee Bay is a must-see for nature lovers that want a break from the businesses of the city. Despite its tiny population, Coffee Bay is great place to explore, and is packed with things to discover, such as shipwrecks and truly unforgettable diving spots.