Marina Beach, located on the South Coast of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province, lies just south of Margate, between the villages of San Lameer and Southbroom. The subtropical climate ensures year-long sunshine and warm water. Combined with a long, unspoiled beach and calm surf, it makes for the perfect family getaway.
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Marina Beach a regular annual recipient of Blue Flag status along with a handful of other beaches on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, making it a choice local holiday destination.
Though less well-known than other South Coast beaches, Marina Beach has top-class facilities and scenic beauty. Five kilometres long and almost 200 metres wide, it boasts warm water, soft sand, restrained surf, shark nets and lifeguards in season – guaranteeing safe, pleasant swimming conditions all year round. Ablutions are onsite, and there is beach access for wheelchair-bound sun lovers.
Little ones can splash in the natural tidal pool, or explore rock pools filled with sea creatures. At low tide, go snorkelling along the fascinating inter-tidal zone or stock up for a beach braai (barbecue) at the shops in the nearby village, or opt for the freshest seafood at beachfront restaurants.
The private estate of San Lameer, Marina Beach Village and Mondazur Resort Estate Hotel all overlook Marina Beach. Nevertheless, nature reigns supreme here. Adjacent to the beach is the Mpenjati Nature Reserve. Walkways and observation platforms provide magnificent views of the wetland reserve, where picnic sites and nature trails entice visitors to pack a picnic.
Bordering on Marina beach is San Lameer’s ‘urban’ nature conservancy. The reserve protects indigenous dune, forest, and grasslands vegetation, 195 different bird species, and small antelope including impala, red, grey and blue duiker, reedbuck and bushbuck. An entrance fee applies for day visitors.
Between May and July the annual Sardine Run spurs sharks, dolphins and seabirds into a feeding frenzy for their share of millions of migrating sardines, a natural phenomenon that has been called the ‘greatest shoal on Earth’