Here are South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches for 2016

South Africa has been awarded 58 Blue Flag status sites for 2016 – made up of beaches, marinas, and boats, as well as pilot-status sites.

The announcement of the 2016 International Blue Flag Jury results revealed that a total of 45 South African beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status for the 2016/17 season which opens officially on 1 November, along with five marinas and eight sustainable tourism boats.

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) noted that the Western Cape has achieved the highest number of Blue Flag sites, with 29 of the beaches, all eight boats and four of the five Blue Flag marinas falling in the province.

KZN has nine Blue Flag beaches for the 2016/17 season. Seven beaches and one marina have been awarded this eco-label in the Eastern Cape.

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An additional 22 beaches across the three provinces have been given Pilot Blue Flag status – an important developmental stage for potential Blue Flag sites, during which WESSA works with beach managers towards the longer term goal of achieving full status.

Internationally, almost 4,300 beaches, boats and marinas have been awarded Blue Flag status for the 2016/17 season.

Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa

Western Cape

Beach Region Municipality Years
Grotto Beach Western Cape Overstrand 16
Clifton 4th Western Cape City of Cape Town 13
Bikini Beach Western Cape City of Cape Town 13
Lappiesbaai Western Cape Hessequa 12
Kleinmond Western Cape Overstrand 11
Hawston Beach Western Cape Overstrand 11
Camps Bay Western Cape City of Cape Town 9
Strandfontein Western Cape City of Cape Town 9
Santos Western Cape Mossel Bay 8
Hartenbos Western Cape Mossel Bay 8
Robberg 5 Western Cape Bitou 8

KwaZulu-Natal

Beach Region Municipality Years
Marina KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni 15
Trafalgar KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni 8
Lucien KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni 7
Southport KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni 7
Umzumbe KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni 5
Ramsgate KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni 4
Hibberdene KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni 2
Westbrook KwaZulu-Natal Ethekwini 2
Ushaka KwaZulu-Natal Ethekwini 2

Eastern Cape

Beach Region Municipality Years
Humewood Beach Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela 16
Kelly’s Beach Eastern Cape Ndlambe 12
Kariega Eastern Cape Ndlambe 8
Dolphin Eastern Cape Kouga 5
Kings Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela 4
Hobie Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela 3
Hamburg Eastern Cape Amathole 3

The full list of beaches can be found here

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