South Africa’s Blue Flag Beaches

South Africa's Blue Flag Beaches

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South Africa's Blue Flag Beaches

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South Africa is known for its amazing beaches, and now it’s official - South African beaches rank among the best in the world. No less than 41 beaches have been given Blue Flag status – an international award given to beaches, boats and marinas that meet the standard of excellence in terms of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards.
Clifton beach
It is that time of year again - grab your umbrella, sunblock and beach bats and head to one of South Africa's Blue Flag beaches. If you’re looking for a beach that ranks among the best in the world – South Africa is the place to visit. With a long list of Blue Flag beaches in different provinces, you’ll find beautiful, pristine beaches that meet international standards of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. With so many Blue Flag status beaches, you have no excuse to head out with your family and friends and enjoy the great outdoors this festive season.
The Blue Flag program accredits beaches, boats and marinas when they meet the required standards. South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to win Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches and we’re proudly going from strength to strength with more beaches being accredited and sustaining excellence in beach management. At the launch of the 2015/16 Blue Flag season, it was announced that 39 beaches, 9 boats and 6 marinas have achieved full Blue Flag status, and a further 30 beaches have been awarded pilot status. Western Cape is leading the pack with more than 30 full Blue Flag status beaches followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal and then the Eastern Cape.

If you’re looking for a Blue Flag beach to visit, check out our list:

Eastern Cape

•           Boknes Beach, near Port Alfred

•           Dolphin Beach, Jeffrey's Bay

•           Humewood Beach, Port Elizabeth

•           Kariega Beach, Kenton-on-Sea

•           Kelly's Beach, Port Alfred

•           Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth

•           Middle Beach, Kenton-on-Sea

•           Kleinemonde Beach


•           Alkantstrand, Richards Bay

•           Lucien Beach, South Coast

•           Marina/San Lameer Beach, South Coast

•           Southport, South Coast

•           Trafalgar Beach, South Coast

•           Umzumbe (Pumula) Beach, South Coast

Northern Cape

•           McDougalls Bay Beach, Port Nolloth (Richtersveld)

Western Cape

•           Bikini Beach, Gordon's Bay

•           Brenton-on-Sea, near Knysna

•           Buffalo Bay beach, near Knysna

•           Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town

•           Clifton 4th Beach, Cape Town

•           De Bakke, Mossel Bay

•           Gouritsmond, near Mossel Bay

•           Grotto Beach, Hermanus

•           Hartenbos Beach, Mossel Bay

•           Hawston Beach, near Hermanus

•           Keurboomstrand, near Plettenberg Bay

•           Kleinbrak Beach, near George

•           Kleinmond Beach, near Hermanus

•           Lappiesbaai Beach, Stilbaai

•           Llandudno, Cape Town

•           Mnandi Beach, Cape Town

•           Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

•           Natures' Valley, near Plettenberg Bay

•           Preekstoel, near Still Bay

•           Robberg 5th, Plettenberg Bay

•           Santos Beach, Mossel Bay

•           Silwerstroom, Cape Town

•           Strandfontein Beach, near Cape Town

•           Strandfontein Beach, Vredendal, West Coast

•           Wilderness Beach, near George

•           Witsand Beach, mouth of the Breede River

For further information about the Blue Flag program please click: Here

Source: South African Tourism

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