BEACHES AND COASTLINE

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Atlantic Gems

Like most things around the Southern Tip of Africa, the beaches of Walker Bay and beyond Danger Point are unlike any other. They have a unique beauty and quality that is theirs alone. 

Pristine white sand stretching as far as the eye can see; jagged rocks speckled in orange lichen; black kelp swaying hypnotically in the surging swell; the blazing white sun sparkling off the cool Atlantic Ocean - these are the textures that create the distinctive aesthetic of our magnificent coast.

Whether you just want to relax on the sand and soak up some rays or take a long, renewing walk on a solitary shore, there is a place in the sun for everyone. From the untamed shores of Gansbaai to the bustling beaches of Hermanus, the coast serves up an enticing selection of coves, bays and inlets to match every aquatic taste.

To the South - The Shore Less Trodden

To the south of Grootbos, beyond the Danger Point Peninsula, is a selection of unspoilt and uncrowded beaches for the person who prefers the shore less trodden. These include the long, sandy stretches of Franskraal and Pearly Beach – perfect for long walks with sea birds and frolicking whales as your only companions, except for the occasional solitary fisherman staring out to sea in quiet contemplation.

Closer to Grootbos - The Dramatic Beauty of Walker Bay

Stanford Cove and Die Plaat are two beautiful beaches in close proximity to Grootbos. Stanford Cove has a well-maintained grassy bank perfect for beach games and family picnics. The rocky point protects the beach from the open ocean swell, making it perfect for a safe splash.

Die Plaat is a dramatically beautiful beach nestled between tumbling sandstone cliffs in the corner of De Kelders. The cliffs form cosy, intimate coves where crisp blue waves break onto luxurious white sand beaches. When you’ve had enough of the sun’s rays, a short walk around the point reveals the expansive Klipgat Cave, a site of great historical and geological significance.

Although the beach at De Kelders is often referred to as Die Plaat, the name actually refers to the 18km stretch of sand that extends all the way to Hermanus in the distance. This pristine coastal wilderness, incorporating the expansive fynbos-clad plain behind the beach, which connects with the Klein River estuary, is known as the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. From a romantic stroll at sunset to a fully-fledged hike, this special conservation area never fails to enchant and delight.

To the North - For the Beach Boys... and Girls

The suburb of Voëlklip (meaning 'bird rock') in Hermanus also offers up a few coastal gems. Grotto Beach is a popular family destination and has been awarded Blue Flag status, a certification granted to beaches with a high standard of quality, safety and provision of services. This festive beach is great for letting the kids run wild in a safe and spacious environment.

Voelklip Beach is another family favourite, especially popular with young adults during the summer holidays who enjoy the good surf and social buzz. There are ample facilities and the grassy banks and pathways are well maintained.

Fun in the Sun

From a guided tour along a solitary shore to the perfect picnic lunch, Grootbos offers several ways to enjoy and explore the many coastal treasures of Walker Bay and beyond.