Sandy shores, pristine waters and picturesque views, South Africa is just showing off with its dazzling array of coastlines this summer. With 46 blue flag beaches and an atmosphere like no other, South Africa is among the must-visit countries in Africa.

Summer is here, so it's time to pack the beach bag and get ready as we go on a trip to explore the top 4 blue flag beaches Mzansi has to offer. 

What is a Blue Flag Beach? 

Some of us might be wondering what makes a beach a Blue Flag Beach. Well, you can stop wondering, the answer is pretty simple. The Blue Flag Beach title given is to beaches that are immaculately managed, environmentally conscious, wholly safe, with some even offering educational services.

These are just the trademarks we Urban Explorers look for when hitting the beach.

Cliftonbeach Bautrip
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Clifton Fourth Beach

Our journey kicks off in the Cape Town, where white sand and crystal-clear water are the hallmarks of Clifton Fourth Beach. Renowned for its many prestigious awards, Clifton Fourth Beach is the epitome of a Blue Flag Beach and is among the more popular beaches in the area.

Packed with numerous attractions this paradise has Urban Explorer written all over, from volleyball nets, frisbee friendly lawns, and of course sunbathers. These are the makings of a perfect destination for many holiday goers. They have ablution facilities, outdoor showers, umbrellas and sun loungers, which means all you have to do is bring your friends and enjoy the vibe.

What's a beach without ice cream and refreshments for sale? Not much of a vibe, hey. Well, there are traders in and around the beach bringing that lekker Cape Town flavour with their carts selling some of the most delicious ice creams and treats to keep your taste buds entertained throughout the day.

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Fish Hoek Beach

Our second destination is Fish Hoek Beach, one of the safest swimming beaches; this makes it increasingly popular for family groups.
Fish Hoek, meaning "Fish Corner", is a coastal town on the False Bay side of the Cape Town, approximately 1.5km long and offers a flat surface of white sands perfect for picnics by the beach, sun tanning, beach games, and walks. The beach is protected from strong currents, making it fantastic for swimming, bodyboarding, kayaking, surfing, and sailing.

Are you feeling a little hungry? Fish Hoek Beach has all kinds delicacies to suit your appetite, and of course, the seafood here is all kinds of amazing. Two restaurants continue to stand out when visiting Fish Hoek Beach, Barracudas and Stargarden Boutique Café. Both restaurants are situated no more than a 10min walk away from the beachfront, making them just the perfect destination to end of your day's activities.

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Dolphin Beach

As our journey continues along the coast, we find ourselves in the beautiful town of Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape. This laidback seaside town is famous for being amongst the top five surfing destinations in the world. 

Dolphin Beach plays host to the pro surfing competition which is held every year as part of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour. The beach is also ideal for touch rugby games, swimming, tanning, kiteboarding, and shell collecting. The Shell Museum located on the beach is a must-see while you're here. 

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Ramsgate Beach

For our final destination, we find ourselves in humid Kwazulu-Natal, where you will find the stunning Ramsgate Beach. 

Ramsgate Beach is perfect for those looking to get away from the bustling beach town vibe. Here one can stay in one of the beachfront holiday cottages situated amongst the indigenous coastal vegetation only a few steps down to this quiet beach with its large tidal pool and lagoon. The picturesque views make this beach stand out from most beaches in the area, and its tranquil vibe is just what one needs after a long year to unwind with family or friends.

So, what are you waiting for Urban Explorers? Let's get exploring, pack your beach bag and make your way to some of our must-see beaches to enjoy the sun, surf the waves or swim in the beautiful and pristine waters. 

These are Blue Flag Beaches, get those hats and sunblock on and enjoy the warm sand beneath your feet while taking in the magnificent ocean views.