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5 Must-Visit Beaches in the Northern Cape

5 Must-Visit Beaches in the Northern Cape

Dying for a holiday? We can’t think of a better place to go than to the beach!

There is a treasure trove of them here in South Africa, from Cape Town to Durban. But if you want to go off the beaten path, we’ll let you in a little secret – the Northern Cape.

Although it has a relatively small coastline, it has the tranquil ambience and crystal-clear waters you’re looking for. Plus, there’s hardly a crowd so you can have the place all to yourself!

Let’s take a closer look at all of them here!

What beaches are in Northern Cape?

1. Grazia de Beer Beach

Grazia de Beer Beach
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LocationPort Nolloth, Northern Cape, South Africa
Best ForSolo travellers

Not many people know this, but Port Nolloth has a bunch of underrated beaches for you to explore, particularly the Grazia de Beer Beach. 

It boasts of a long stretch of brown fine sand beaches, perfect for long walks by yourself or even with your furry friends.

If you’re around during the summer, we highly suggest you try the crayfish, which is a local specialty. Make sure to ask if it’s been prepared by Rosie – she’s our town’s expert for the sorting and shipping of crayfish.

2. McDougalls Bay

LocationPort Nolloth, Northern Cape, South Africa
Best ForYoung Surfers

We like to call McDougalls Bay a coastal playground because you can do a lot of fun things here without worrying too much about your safety (is South Africa safe to live in).

You can surf, jet ski or kayak here. But of course, you can’t miss swimming!

It’s also home to a variety of accommodations from seaside cottages to self-catering campsites that are near the beach so you can stroll around the area whenever you’d like.

3. Alexander Bay

Alexander Bay
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LocationOrange River, Northern Cape, South Africa
Best ForAdventurous young adults

Interestingly, Alexander Bay isn’t found along the coastline of the Northern Cape. Instead, it’s on the banks of the Orange River, which is an opening that leads to the Atlantic Ocean.

Although small in size, this beach is a fun place to take a dip and enjoy the warm sunlight.

You can turn the excitement up a notch by exploring the wetlands of the Orange River Mouth, which is home to various aquatic species and birds like the Greater Flamingo and South African Shelduck.

4. Kleinzee Beach

LocationWest Coast, Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South Africa
Best ForHistory buffs

Here at Kleinzee Beach, you can find a long line of ivory-sand beaches with cold and refreshing water. 

While you stroll around the area, you might notice a few shipwrecks lying in place which were remnants of explorations of past voyagers.

If you want, you can take a closer look at these ships. Just know that there might be a few spooky skeletons lying around – don’t say we didn’t warn you!

5. Hondeklip Bay

Hondeklip Bay
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LocationNamakwa District, Northern Cape, South Africa
Best ForFamilies 

Hondeklip Bay is one of the best-kept secrets of the Northern Cape. It’s our favourite holiday destination because of its quiet surroundings and stunning coastline.

Even though it’s located in a small coastal town, it has everything you need for a peaceful retreat from your usual busy routine. You can walk around, eat fresh seafood and go swimming whenever you want.

Also, a local spot to not miss: the shipwreck at the offside of the beach which landed in 1945. Find it and take a photo to commemorate the moment – make it a treasure hunt to get your kids excited!

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