Grab your umbrellas, sunscreen and towels and head for Durban’s Golden Mile.

Blessed with warm water, amazing waves and seemingly endless stretches of golden sand, you’ll soon understand why Durban (eThekwini) is everyone’s favourite seaside playground.

Warm and sunny 320 days a year, Durban’s beaches offer public amenities, protective shark nets, beacons to indicate safe bathing, and lifeguards on duty for most of the day.

Most popular in Durban include body-boarding hotspot, North Beach and swimmers’ delight, South Beach, while Bay of Plenty and Dairy are a surfer’s dream. Swimming takes place at all of these beaches, closer inshore.

Addington Beach is close to the harbour entrance and, being at the southern end of Durban Bay, is more protected, with smaller waves, great for those learning to surf.

On the other side of the Bluff which marks the harbour entrance the coastline receives the full force of ocean swells which makes for powerful surf at Cave Rock, Brighton and Anstey’s.

About 15 minutes’ north of Durban, Umhlanga Rocks beach is lined with luxury hotels and apartments. This is a fun spot with a permanent holiday vibe. Umhlanga’s Bronze Beach is quieter and more secluded while further north are family friendly beaches Umdloti, Salt Rock and Zinkwazi.