SA's best beaches for all personality types

2013-11-07 16:01

We're a mere month away from the official start of the festive season and, if you're lucky, that also heralds the beginning of long, languid days on the beach.

While some holidaymakers enjoy going to the same seaside spot every year, it's never a bad idea to break the routine just a bit and explore something new. 

And with 41 local Blue Flag Beaches to choose from, you frankly really don't have any excuse. 

‘But what if I end up hating it?' we hear you ask. Valid question, but not to worry! We've decided to make things easy for you by highlighting five beach personality types and which of South Africa's beautiful Blue Flag beaches will suit them best. 

So, see where you fit in and then make your pick! Don't agree with us? Tell us which beach best suits your personality and why!

The hob-nobber

You love the limelight, enjoy being surrounded by gorgeous people, fancy yourself something of a socialite and are always spot-on trend with everything. 

Oh, you're also pretty gorgeous yourself and have a body to die for. 

We suggest you try sunbathing at:

Camps Bay or Clifton IV, Cape Town

Models, models and more models - that's who you will be sharing your space with. Topless tanning, tiny bikini bottoms and toit speedos are regular features, so are ogling eyes - but hey, they'll probably be pretty hot themselves, so that's okay. And if you think the people are beautiful, the scenery will blow your mind - crystal clear waters, smooth boulders and a backdrop of majestic mountains. 

Just take note that if you are the sporty type, there's a ban on ball games on Clifton IV, so head to Camps Bay instead. 

Grotto Beach, Hermanus 

Hermanus is a favourite holiday destination of the high flying and celebrated, so while Grotto can't really compare to the glitz and glamour of Camps Bay or Clifton, it shelters its fair share of the ‘who's who'. The beach itself is spacious and comes across as being almost untouched. 

Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape

Like Hermanus, this tiny Eastern Cape hamlet draws a rather wealthy, exclusive crowd. Best start making friends with the right people to get in there! 

The loner 

You hate crowds and pretentious beach behaviour. For you, a seaside holiday is all about escape - from people, technology, work, traffic - all those burdens of daily life. And let's just be honest, finding your perfect holiday destination is almost impossible. 

However, these may just float your boat!

McDougal's Bay, Northern Cape

Located 7km outside of Port Nolloth, McDougal's Bay is pretty much the end of the world for your average traveller. While it's a safe swimming beach, the water is pretty cold, so if you're a water baby, you're going to have to grit your teeth. If not, long walks and birdwatching are good alternatives. 

Nature's Valley beach, Garden Route

While the rest of the Garden Route pumps over December holidays, secluded Nature's Valley offers a warm welcome to anyone in search of a bit of solitude and wildness. It's best known as the end of the Multi-day Otter Trail and stretches from the mouth of the Groot River to the mouth of the Salt River.

Boknes Beach, Eastern Cape

Located close to picturesque Port Alfred, Boknes is rural and largely undeveloped, offering beachgoers a chance to escape it all. It's famous for its great kite surfing conditions and also has a lovely large lagoon for canoeing and paddling. 

The hippie

You like the laid-back life and enjoy indulging each of your senses during your beach experiences. There's nothing that really ruffles your feathers, but if you could choose, you'd prefer fewer people, more natural beauty and not too many official eyes to watch your every move. 

We think you will like 

Llandudno, Cape Town

Located on the picturesque winding road between Camps Bay and Hout Bay, Llandudno is just out of the way enough to stay under the radar of the ‘hob nobbers' and tourists. It's a favourite spot for surfers and also popular for family fun. It is probably one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Cape Town with its large boulders, clear water and lush vegetation. 

Wilderness Beach, Garden Route

Tucked away between George and Knysna, Wilderness is truly, as its name suggests, rather wild. The beach is vast, the waters wild and the people who gather there, typically, free-spirited and a little left-of-centre. The beach is perfect for long walks of discovery, during which you should keep your eyes constantly peeled for pods of dolphins and the odd whale. 

Marina Beach, KZN South Coast

Bordering on the Impenyati Nature Reserve but also the San Lameer resort, Marina Beach is a perfect blend of seclusion and sociable. It's a great alternative to larger towns like Margate and Port Shepstone, of you enjoy the south coast climate and forest-like vegetation, but not so much the crazy crowds it tends to draw.

The ‘tropdier' (herd animal)

You love being part of the herd - you feel at home in the midst of many people and suffer from serious bouts of fomo when you aren't in the thick of things. Well, you're in luck, because there are lots of beach options for you. 

Here are our top picks for the tropdier

Hartenbos, Garden Route

If you're Afrikaans and enjoy having a set menu of holiday activities to choose from (all swarming with lots of old friends, new friends and ones you haven't met), Hartenbos is the most obvious choice. The sand is packed with bodies of all shapes, sizes and ages, and the water is deliciously warm - perfect for water-based games and swimming all day.

King's Beach, PE

Port Elizabeth has a magnificent array of beaches to choose from, but vibey King's Beach is most definitely the one for you. It's located conveniently close to the city centre and very easy to access. It's also home to an array of fun events like volleyball competitions and beach parties. 

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