ON the SA Tourism’s website, our national destination marketing agency cites six South Coast’s beaches in the top 10 for KwaZulu-Natal. I am not surprised.
Our easily accessible beaches are more user friendly than most and are ideal for restful recreation and entertainment. We have seven Blue Flag beaches which meet with the highest international standards and with our sub tropical climate we really have that 365 day destination offering. We remain committed to the sea sell as a pivotal part of our promotional mandate.
Ugu South Coast Tourism has supported the National Surf Rescue Institute (NSRI) at Port Edward with some of their gear to ensure that visitor safety is paramount and as incident free as possible. Furthermore, we have assisted the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (Wessa) in training beach stewards at our Blue Flag beaches to enhance the leisure experience for our visitors and residents.
Our investment in seasonal beach activations continues with many event days lined up throughout the district.
Most of the world’s tourism takes place at or near the coast so we are blessed that South Africans are very loyal in taking their breaks to the South Coast and also sample the numerous eco cultural and nature based experiences inland.
So we have it all - spot on weather, great beaches from active family ones to tranquil coves and languid lagoons and out to sea responsible diving and fishing abounds. There is so much vibe and variety in that spirit of rainbow relaxation.
So when our stressed out lives prompts us to feel that life is a b..ch, that rejuvenation and rescue of the soul lies here on our sea step and around us.
There is more than a grain of truth when a Gauteng visitor said to me last festive season “Coming here reminds me to retire early and have my batteries better charged for the rest of my life”. No wonder so many people have second or retirement homes from Scottburgh right down to Port Edward.
I suppose that’s why Tourism KwaZulu-Natal gave us that title “Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom.”
Sunny and Safe days to everybody, we’ll chat again in 2017.