Life’s a (blue flag) beach!

The Department of Tourism has awarded 29 South African beaches blue flag status, up from 19 beaches last year, reports Southern African Tourism Update

Six of the beaches are in Cape Town (Camps Bay, Big Bay in Blouberg, Muizenberg, Clifton 5th beach, Mnandi beach, and Strandfontein) and sixteen beaches are in other areas of the Western Cape, meaning that more than half of the blue flag beaches are in the Western Cape.

Blue flag beaches in the rest of the Western Cape are MacDougall’s Bay in Port Nolloth, Bikini beach in Gordon’s Bay, Hawston and Grotto beaches in Hermanus, Yzerfontein beach, Kleinmond beach, Lappiesbaai beach in Stilbaai, Santos beach in Mossel Bay, Robberg beach in Plettenberg Bay and Dolphin beach in Jeffrey’s Bay.

Municipalities have seen the benefits to tourism in their areas of being awarded blue-flag beach status,  ensuring that the beaches in their areas are clean, safe and well-managed.   South Africa is one of 38 countries participating in the Blue Flag programme.

The full list of South African Blue Flag beaches is as follows:

• MacDougall’s Bay, Port Nolloth (new)  
• Yzerfontein Main beach, Yzerfontein (new) 
• Big Bay beach, Bloubergstrand Cape Town (new)
• Clifton 5th beach, Cape Town 
• Camps Bay, Cape Town    
• Muizenberg, Cape Town    
• Strandfontein beach, Cape Town  
• Mnandi beach, Cape Town    
• Bikini beach, Gordon’s Bay   
• Kleinmond beach, near Hermanus  (back in programme)  
• Hawston beach, near Hermanus   
• Grotto beach, Hermanus    
• Lappiesbaai, Stilbaai, Southern Cape  
• Santos beach, Mossel Bay  (new)  
• Hartenbos beach, Mossel Bay (new) 
• Robberg 5 beach, Plettenberg Bay (new) 
• Dolphin beach, Jeffrey’s Bay  
• Humewood beach, Port Elizabeth 
• Hobie beach, Port Elizabeth  
• Wells Estate, north of Port Elizabeth  
• Kelly’s beach, Port Alfred    
• Kariega Main beach, Kenton-on-Sea (new) 
• Boknes beach, Kenton-On-Sea   (new)
• Gonubie beach, East London (back in programme)
• Trafalgar beach, south coast KZN (new)
• Marina beach, south coast KZN  
• Ramsgate beach, near Margate  
• Margate beach     
• Alkantstrand, Richards Bay (new)

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio www.whalecottage.com

5 replies on “Life’s a (blue flag) beach!”

  1. Paul says:

    Since when did Clifton have 5 beaches?

  2. Good question Paul – this is what the Department of Tourism release says.

  3. Sharon Gosling says:

    It was Clifton Fourth that was awarded Blue Flag status

  4. robert Kim says:

    stilbaai is very good place for travel in south africa..good blog

  5. Nkiasi says:

    Which beaches did not receive the blue flag, i think it will be fair to also state out the beaches without blue flag so they can improve

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