Durban North Coast Beach

South Africa

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Claim to Fame

One of two main beach stretches in Durban (the other is South Coast Beach), this is the less circus-like of the two and a famous beach for surfing, some of the best in the world.

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  • Where is it?on the northern shore of the city of Durban, on the east coast of South Africa, on the Indian Ocean
  • Coordinates: latitude» -29.8494°
    longitude» 31.038°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: mild subtropical
  • Development: heavily built-up urban area; major city
  • Length of Beach:
  • Type: soft, golden sand
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Situated in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the greater metropolitan area of Durban is home to 3.5 million and is the busiest commercial harbor in the entire continent. There are literally a hundred beaches in the Durban area and surrounds; the two main city beaches are North Coast Beach and South Coast Beach; each has a distinct style and unique personality.

Flanked by two large piers, North Coast Beach in Durban is situated north of the city’s harbor and bluffs area, between the Bay of Plenty and Dairy Beach. Durban, like many other cities, has a feature area known as the “Golden Mile” and North Coast Beach is located right on that busy, bustling, interesting stretch.

This is the preferred beach for surfing in the Durban area, with beach-break waves and a sandy bottom making for softer landings (albeit unintentional!). Security for surfers and swimmers is provided by the Durban Life Saving Club, headquartered at North Coast Beach on Marine Parade.

Durban’s North Coast Beach offers warm Indian Ocean water that hovers around 75°F/24°C, even during the winter. This is a big, noisy, lively, active city and the North Coast Beach is equally vibrant, but less “crazy” than South Coast Beach in Durban, and so it’s more suitable for relaxation. The beaches of Durban that surround the city’s shore are beautiful with bright blue water, golden sand and lush green vegetation where there are parks. Otherwise, it’s a concrete jungle with the big benefits of a great beach.

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