Durban’s Golden Mile

Durban Beach Guide

Durban’s beaches are reason enough to plan a visit to this sub-tropical city. We’ll point you in the right direction to enjoy all that Durban’s beachfront has to offer.

In the city of Durban, the Golden Mile (it’s actually over 6km long) curves along the warm Indian Ocean coastline, beginning at the Blue Lagoon - the mouth of the Umgeni river - and stretching all the way down to uShaka Marine World.

Durban’s Golden Mile has become a popular playground for locals as well as for tourists. Its home to a wide range of activities, and its subtropical climate, allows for beachside fun throughout the year. The beautifully paved promenade that hugs the golden beach is filled with people taking a walk, jogging, cycling or just taking in the view.

The Golden Mile runs along some of the best swimming and surfing beaches in the country. The natural bay in which it lies along with the layout of its many piers and the protection of shark nets, makes it one of the safest stretches of coastline to enjoy your beach holiday. Have fun in and out of the water, hire a surfboard for the day or join the kids in building their dream sandcastle.

Best of all, you can stay right on the Golden Mile, so there’s never a stress about getting to the beach. Our Durban beachfront hotels have it all – sea views, modern amenities and great service.

South Beach

Smaller surf for beginners and located near uShaka Marine World and Moyo on the pier for drinks and snacks. This is a great family beach. 

North Beach

Arguably Durban’s most popular beach (especially during December school holidays), North Beach is great for bodyboarding, paddle boarding and swimmers who don’t mind bigger waves.  

New Pier / Dairy Beach

Reliable surf at this Durban favourite that can get a little crowded in the water. 

Bay of Plenty

As popular as it is for fishing as it is for sunbathing. The pier (especially very early morning) is a great place to catch the local fishermen in action. 

Beyond Durban

If you fancy a change from the Golden Mile then head south and discover tourist friendly beaches such as Margate and Ramsgate (a little over an hour from Durban) or North to uMhlanga Rocks (just 20 minutes from Durban) for an upmarket beach vibe.