Whilst Durban is an interesting city with a unique cultural mix, there is no getting away from the fact that it is the sun, sea and sand that really give the place its extra appeal for overseas visitors and South African holidaymakers alike.
The main beaches form a 6 km run known as the Golden Mile, and their golden sands, lined with palm trees, are covered with bodies of all shapes, sizes and ages enjoying the sun, regardless of whether it is winter or summer. Many hotels line the busy seafront and promenade, and restaurants and bars jostle for space and attention. The waves are just begging for surfers to try their luck, and snorkelling is another popular past time.
The many different beaches each have their own attractions:
Addington and South beaches are ideal for families, with plenty of entertainment for the children during the holiday periods. Dairy, Wedge and North beaches are renowned for their great surf and wide range of watersport activities and surfing events. The Bay of Plenty and Snake Park Beach have earned a place in surfing history, with some of the best waves on the coast. Battery Beach is a sunbathers' paradise as well as a popular surfing spot, while further north, Oasis Beach offers rolling sand dunes and deserted stretches. Tekweni is a lovely family picnic spot, with grassed areas, while the Blue Lagoon attracts fishermen. And finally, Laguna Beach is the place to go if you are into kitesurfing or jetskiing.
Being the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, you would expect there to be some form of wildlife present. True enough, the coast off Durban is home to several species of shark. However, don't let this put you off from going into the water. Shark nets running the entire length of the beaches offer protection, and are checked daily.