Budget Beach Escapes: Affordable Coastal Retreats in and around South Africa 

22 January 2024
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Need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life? Longing to soak up the sun and dip your toes in ocean water? If so, then this is for you! At Pentravel, we know that not everyone has a big budget for their holiday, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on the wonderful coastal retreats South Africa has to offer. In this article, we’ve put together a list of the top affordable beach destinations in and around South Africa that won’t break the bank. From Durban to Mauritius, we’ve got you covered. So, pack your bags and let’s hit the beach! 

1) Durban 

Durban is known as South Africa’s sunny city, and with its magnificent beaches, warm waters and tropical climate it’s no wonder why. Durban is an affordable holiday destination for South Africans and has lots to offer, from surfing and swimming to world-class restaurants and entertainment. The beachfront promenade is perfect for leisurely strolls or taking a bike ride while soaking up the sun. Don’t miss the chance to try some of Durban’s famous cuisine, such as bunny chow, samoosas, or a traditional Durban curry. Durban is an all-rounder in terms of luxury and budget-friendly accommodation options.  

Top Beach Pick: Umhlanga Beach — with its famous lighthouse, tropical scenery and excellent surfing conditions, Umhlanga Beach is our top Durban beach pick. 

2) Garden Route 

The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most renowned coastal treasures, stretching from Mossel Bay to Storms River. The Garden Route boasts an array of affordable guest houses, cozy B&B’s, and boutique hotels. With its lush green forestry, rocky cliffs, and picturesque beaches, the Garden Route is a must-see whilst on a budget beach escape. Make sure to visit Keurboomstrand, Victoria Bay, and Nature’s Valley, all of which offer pristine swimming conditions.  

Top Beach Pick: Noetzie Beach — with its magical backdrop of the Noetzie castles, pristine beach and magnificent scenery, Noetzie Beach is the stuff holiday dreams are made of. 

3) Cape Town 

Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Cape Town offers visitors a diverse range of experiences, from hiking trails and wine tours to relaxation on the beachfront. Although accommodation in Cape Town can be pricey, there are many budget-friendly options available. From Muizenberg beach, known for its excellent surf and laid-back atmosphere to Boulder’s Beach, in Simon’s Town, where you can watch the penguins go about their business, Cape Town has so many beach options you can spend your whole holiday visiting a new beach. 

Top Beach Pick: Llandudno Beach — this iconic and tucked away beach makes you feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of Jurassic Park. 

4) Mozambique 

Mozambique is a melting pot of holiday traditions that South Africans have come to love. From the shores of Maputo, Inhambane, Vilankulos, and the colossal Bazaruto Archipelago, there are ample affordable accommodation options. Mozambique is the perfect destination for couples seeking a romantic beach getaway or a group of friends in need of some sun, sea, and relaxation. With its clear blue waters, untouched beaches, and lively culture, Mozambique is a unique and affordable escape. 

Top Beach Pick: Macuti Beach — with its mysterious abandoned lighthouse and old shipwreck lying close by, Macuti Beach makes for a fascinating and almost surreal beach experience. 

5) Mauritius 

Mauritius is an exotic and affordable tropical paradise located off the southeast coast of Africa. Only a 4-hour flight from Johannesburg, Mauritius makes for the perfect escape for South Africans who want to keep things within a budget. Apart from its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, Mauritius offers visitors a unique blend of Indian, French, and African cultures. There are many beachfront guest houses, villas, and affordable hotels to choose from. While on the island, don’t miss out on the exceptional cuisine, water sports, and breathtaking island tours. 

Top Beach Pick: Ile aux Cerfs beach — while technically this is the beach of the largest lagoon in Mauritius it offers a breathtaking experience, warm waters and beach restaurants. 

There are many beautiful and budget-friendly coastal getaway options for everyone to enjoy in and around South Africa. With summer kicking off and 2024 just around the corner, make sure you take advantage of our affordable holiday packages on offer. With our list of the top affordable beach destinations in and around South Africa, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect holiday spot without breaking the bank. So, pack your bags and escape to one of these sunny destinations for a much-needed beach break! At Pentravel, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 

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