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South Beach

Part of Durban’s wonderful Golden Mile, this sandy beach has safe swimming and a surf museum, an amusement park, a waterpark and an aquarium. 

Sun worshippers, swimmers and surfers flock to Durban’s lively and picturesque South Beach. Swim in the mild waters of the Indian Ocean, learn about Durban’s surfing heritage and have fun at marine and amusement parks. South Beach stretches from the Port of Durban to North Beach. It’s the southernmost area of the Golden Mile, a lively beachfront district that spreads along Durban’s Indian Ocean coastline. 

South Beach’s golden sand is perfect for relaxing in Durban’s year-round sunshine and playing sports such as volleyball and soccer. Lifeguards patrol the beach and erect beacons to indicate the safe swimming areas. There are also shark nets, which provide extra safety for bathers. Learn to surf on the beach’s small waves, ideal for beginners. A surf school at the center of the beach offers lessons with experienced instructors. 

Enjoy a walk along the lively waterfront esplanade. Spend an afternoon riding the fairground attractions, waterslides and aerial gondola at Fun World. General admission is free, while individual rides have fees. Visit the Time-Warp Surf Museum to discover the history of surfing in Durban. Check out the photography displays, newspaper clippings and radio interviews that retell the stories of local surfing heroes. 

Stroll out along the wooden pier near the southern end of the beach. Look back at the sweeping views along the Golden Mile and spot surfers riding the waves. 

A major highlight of South Beach is uShaka Marine World, a combined aquarium, waterpark and shopping village. Ride river rapids, a lazy river and one of Africa’s tallest waterslides. Watch acrobatic dolphin performances, ray feedings and seal shows. Dive with sharks and get close to lizards, snakes and tarantulas. Enjoy some shopping at the open-air mall.

South Beach is about a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute walk from downtown Durban. Public buses will take you to various points along the Golden Mile. Look for on-street parking or use the large parking lot at uShaka Marine World. 


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Hilton Durban
Hilton Durban

Hilton Durban

12-14 Walnut Road, Durban
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 408 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Durban Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Durban International Convention Centre and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. UShaka Marine World is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

    Parade Hotel £27
    Parade Hotel

    Parade Hotel

    191 OR Tambo/Marine Parade, Durban
       
      3.7
      of 5, from 154 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Located in North Beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dairy Beach and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. UShaka Marine World is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

      The Blue Waters Hotel £73
      The Blue Waters Hotel

      The Blue Waters Hotel

      175 Snell Parade, Durban
         
        3.9
        of 5, from 458 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this North Beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Battery Beach and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. UShaka Marine World is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

        Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward £78
        Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward

        Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward

        149 O.R. Tambo Parade, Durban
           
          3.8
          of 5, from 156 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in South Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Durban Funworld, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead and uShaka Marine World.

          The Palace All-Suite
          The Palace All-Suite

          The Palace All-Suite

          211 Marine Parade, Durban
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 41 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in North Beach, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dairy Beach and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. UShaka Marine World is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

            The Albany Hotel
            The Albany Hotel

            The Albany Hotel

            225 Smith Street / 225 Anton Lembede, Durban
               
              3.0
              of 5, from 95 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Durban Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Courthouse Museum and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. UShaka Marine World is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

              Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
              Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

              Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

              85 OR Tambo Parade, Durban
                 
                3.5
                of 5, from 125 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in South Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Durban Funworld and uShaka Marine World. Sahara Stadium Kingsmead is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

                Gooderson Beach Hotel
                Gooderson Beach Hotel

                Gooderson Beach Hotel

                107 OR Tambo Parade, Durban
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 120 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in South Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Durban Funworld, uShaka Marine World and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. Dairy Beach and Battery Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).