Beaches & Rivers

in the Barefoot Capital along the Sunshine Coast

Voted the best beaches in South Africa, and home to one of the top 10 secret beaches of the world, it is easy to see why you want to spend most of your time soaking up the sun on our beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches. We have two blue flag beaches along the Kenton coastline and two pristine tidal rivers to compliment the ocean. 

See where your next beach day will be on the below map:

Our Beaches

Shelly Bay - voted one of the top 10 secret beaches of the world

A walk at low tide along the beach between our two rivers reveals caves, hidden rock pools, chimneys and sheltered bays like Shelly Bay, one of South Africa’s “secret” beaches. This hidden gem is accessible from Middle Beach via Carriage Rock as well as from Kenton Beach, the Island side of the Bushmans River.

The 20-minute hike across some dunes and pristine coastline is rewarded by breath-taking views, and if you are lucky, you could get to see some passing dolphins and whales from the sandy cliff tops.

Enclosed by a semi-circle of high rock, the bay shelters you from the rest of the world and most winds. A wonderful place to spend the day with the family. Body surf or play in the waves, explore the interesting rocks like the “Puff Adder” or “Blowhole” or chill on the sand and soak up the sun.

A must-see for all visitors to the Sunshine Coast!

Kariega Main Beach - blue flag status

Kariega Main Beach offers access to both the ocean and the river. It’s a favourite for families who enjoy relaxed days on the beach. Jerry’s on the Dune is nearby to grab a snack or lunch. 

Middle Beach

A popular beach with visitors and locals alike. It offers sand, rock pools, dunes and beautiful rock formations. Mermaid’s Pool is a large rock pool, perfect to take a dip and  cool off. Grab some diving goggles and enjoy the aquatic life.

Kenton Beach

This unique beach is situated near the mouth of the Boesmans River on the Kenton side. It’s a short walk to Shelly Bay and great for swimming in the river (just keep an eye on the outgoing tide). 

Our Rivers

We are privileged to have two pristine tidal rivers on our doorstep – the Boesmans and Kariega Rivers – both estuaries are ideal for holiday fun. Enjoy river cruises, fishing, water sports, swims and lots more.

Boesmans River

The Boesmans River is 230km in length and navigable for 32km, which makes it the 2nd longest navigable river in South Africa. The Boesmans reaches the Indian Ocean as it meanders  between our coastal villages of Kenton On Sea and Boesmansriviermond, making it a popular destination for water enthusiasts. There are slipways on both sides of the river to easily launch boats. The beaches on both sides of the river are ideal for families and beach goers, and especially popular to enjoy sunsets. Further up stream the Boesmans River flows through game reserves and farmland. A river cruise is a great way to experience a wide variety of bird species and even wildlife on the banks.

Kariega River

The Kariega River is 138km in length and navigable for 18km. The river runs on the eastern side of Kenton-On-Sea and is accessible via a slipway in town. The beach near the river mouth is popular with families, as it offers safe swimming (ensuring to keep an eye on the tides and not recommended to swim during an outgoing tide). The Kariega River cuts through two game reserves and it’s possible to spot wildlife from the boat. Other popular activities are SUP, water skiing and fishing. 

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