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Top 10 Beaches in Africa

  1. Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles
Anse Lazio Beach

Anse Lazio is perhaps the most beautiful beach in Seychelles. Located on the extreme end of the northwest coast, the beach is surrounded by hills and jungles. It covers an area of almost half a mile and is covered with perfect white sand. The water is a gorgeous turquoise in color and is crystal clear. You can stand at the edge of the beach and look down the water to see various types of fish swimming around. The beach is very easily accessible by car and also by bus. The latter however stops at the bottom of a hill and you have to trek the rest of the way. Whichever way you arrive, Anse Lazio is totally worth the trip.

 

  1. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
Anse Source d’Argent

Anse Source d’Argent is located on the island of La Digue. Located on the southwestern coast, it is often referred to as the most beautiful beach on earth. It is most certainly one of the most popular attractions of Seychelles. The mix of golden sand, giant boulders and the clear water makes it a tempting visit. A big reason behind the popularity of the beach is the generous amount of activities which are on offer. It is both a great spot for families and for water sports enthusiasts. Diving and snorkeling are popular activities. The waters are ideal for swimming when there is high tide.

 

  1. Grand Anse, La digue, Seychelles
Grand Anse

The extremely scenic Grand Anse sees much fewer visitors than any of the other beaches at Seychelles. This is because it is much more difficult to access than the rest. The beach is 4 kilometers away from La Passe and you need to walk or cycle the whole distance. The Grand Anse is the longest beach on the island of La Digue. It is not ideal for swimming during monsoon season – April to October – because of strong currents.

 

  1. Praia de Santa Maria, Cape Verde
Shipwreck at Santa Maria

The Praia de Santa Maria is famous because of a shipwreck which happened here. The ‘Cabo Santa Maria’ is a ship which sank near this beach in the year 1968. The shipwreck is well preserved and can be viewed in its rusty form. The sea is known to be quite rocky and it is a good idea to wear flip-flops on the beach. Today, the beach is part of the ‘Boa Esperança Nature Reserve’.  The beach is popular for the varied nightlife options it offers to tourists. There are plenty of clubs, bars and discos.

 

  1. Clifton Beaches, Cape Town, South Africa
Clifton Beach

The Clifton Beaches are a group of four beaches in Cape Town. All of them are considered to be ideal spots for sunbathing, relaxing and for water sports. You can simply sit down at the beach and gaze at the Atlantic Ocean, which is at its sparkling best. Two tall mountain peaks are visible across the sea, as well as the ‘twelve apostles,’  a group of eight limestone columns rising from the sea.  Popular beach sports options at the beach include touch rugby, Frisbee, volleyball and beach bats.

 

  1. Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa
Table Mountain view from Bloubergstrand

A simple hour’s drive from Cape Town can take you to this astounding beach. Popularly known as ‘Seafood Mecca,’ the Bloubergstrand translates to ‘blue mountains beach’. The name is given after Blouberg, which is a hill near the beach. Much of Bloubergstrand’s attraction lies in the view of the Table Mountain from the beaches and also in the perfect white sand. Then there is Robben Island, which can be seen very clearly from the beaches. Robben Island is best known for being the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. The most popular beach of Bloubergstrand is known as ‘Big Bay.’ It is a surfer’s paradise and holds several surfing competitions. There is also the ‘Little Bay’ beach which is popular with sunbathers and families.

 

  1. Watamu Beach, Malindi, Kenya
Watamu Beach

Malindi is a small Kenyan town and is located around tropical idyllic beaches. All of these beaches are home to relaxing getaways and famous resorts. Towards the northwest of the town lies the ‘Marafa Depression’. Also known as ‘hell’s kitchen’, it is a series of gullies and gorges made of sandstone. The landscape at the depression can only be describes as ‘otherworldly.’ Toward the south of Malindi, there is the small sleepy village known as Watamu. It is fronted by big wide beaches made up of white sand. Watamu has recently been made a part of the Marine National Park and has become a top site for snorkelers and divers.

 

  1. Boulders Beach, Simons Town, South Africa
Penguins in Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is known for the massive boulders which protects it against large waves and harsh winds. This is what makes the beach an ideal swimming spot. Boulders Beach is a part of the ‘Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area’. It also remains rarely crowded and is always neat and clean. The visit to the beach comes at a small fee of R65. The most unique attraction of the Boulders beach is the penguins. Many visitors come to the beach just to see them. The black and white African Penguins are known to pull 60,000 visitors every year.

 

  1. Anse Coco Beach, La Digue islands, Seychelles
Anse Coco Beach

The Anse Coco Beach is not easy to reach and therein lays its charm and beauty. Because of the tough access, the beach remains much less crowded than other beaches at Seychelles. The beach is an ideal honeymoon spot for couples. The climate can get a bit humid but the beauty of the beach makes it worth every bit.

 

  1. Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Camps Bay Beach

The Camps Bay Beach is a Blue Flag beach. The ‘Blue Flag’ is an award given to beaches on terms of cleanliness, safety, environmental friendliness, etc. Located between Clifton and Bakoven, the beach is one of the most scenic coastal stretches in South Africa. Camps Bay Beach is named after Frederick von Kamptz,  a sailor. It is almost always crowded between the months of December and February. If you go during this time, be ready to pay a premium for parking. Many tourists prefer to visit the beach during the peak season because it is all a part of the ‘Camps Bay experience’.

Originally posted 2017-04-26 06:20:10.

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