Author Ann Gadd has travelled to over 400 beaches around the coast of South Africa photographing and doing research for her book Life’s a Beach. Country Life voted Kenton’s beaches the overall best in South Africa! We agree with her 100%.



Best Overall Beaches: Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape
Kenton has loads to offer – From paddling Middle Beach on a low-tide, the stunning natural Mermaid’s Pool with its interesting rock formations, and Shelly Beach, where a trek over sand dunes rewards you with a secluded, turquoise bay and two rivers for water sport activities.



You can spend your days going to different beaches, depending on what you want to do. Feel like snorkeling in the rock pools? Then Middle Beach is perfect. How about a unique, secluded beach experience? Shelly Beach is the spot for you. How about combining a sea beach with a lagoon? Kariega’s blue flag beach is very popular with families.


“Once you walk on one of our beaches, you’ll be captivated for ever! It’s like a moth to the flame… So be willing to change all your future holiday plans.”


Our two tidal rivers, the Kariega and the Bushmans, round off the beach experience to make this officially the best beach destination in the country! It’s the ideal spot for families as it offers safe swimming in the calm lagoons, and for water sport enthusiasts you cannot ask for better! Kayaking, water skiing, kiteboarding and sailing are some of the fun activities on the rivers. And when you catch the incoming tide just right, nothing beats floating down the river on a tube!



The attraction of the Kenton beaches is the diversity on offer in such a small area. Explore rocky coves one day; enjoy long walks on open stretches of beach; or just laze in the sun with the Indian Ocean lapping at your feet. Couples, families or a group of friends will find the best beach destination in South Africa!



It’s time to experience our exceptional beaches for yourself…

Have a look at the original article in Country Life magazine.

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