More information about Hermanus' beaches
From secluded sunbathing coves to life-guard-manned bathing spots and long stretches of creamy white sand, you’ll be spoilt for choice when exploring Hermanus beaches. There are two Blue Flag spots that residents and visitors love to explore, Grotto and Hawston. You’ll be able to enjoy a pristine environment along with clean changing facilities and even lifeguards when you visit either of these locations. There is also parking, restaurants and even picnic areas for day-trippers to enjoy and long magnificent stretches of sand next to the ocean for exploring the beach. However, take care to only swim where lifeguards are on duty, there are several dangerous currents off this majestic coastline and everyone should remain vigilant.
For those who love to get in a good surf from time to time, or even daily, there are waves breaking off the back point of most beaches in this area. This makes it a popular spot but if you make friends with some locals, they’ll show you where all of the best surf can be found too. However, if you’ll looking for calmer things to do in Hermanus, then Voëlklip has grassy verges above the sand, providing almost sand-free sunbathing opportunities. The beach is one of the safest on the coastline and it is very popular with both young and old. If you’re looking for a great family hangout though, Kammabaai has a lovely picnic and braai area shaded by Milkwood trees. There are strong currents here too though, so again please ensure all swimming is in areas demarcated with on-duty lifeguards.
Another favourite spot along this section of the Cape Whale Coast is Langbaai, a smaller stretch confined on either side by rocky low cliffs that have the effect of funnelling good body surfing waves into the cove. Sandbaai beach on the other hand is protected by a rocky ledge that provides calm pools at low tide for children to swim in. Changing facilities and parking make it easily accessible and popular with families too. Excellent diving and snorkelling conditions are found just beyond the rocky ledge. The Onrus River exits into the sea in a gentle stream from the lagoon at Onrus Beach. The lagoon and sea are flanked by a delightful stretch of soft white sands, a playground for many holidaymakers and residents in summer.
It is a popular spot for surfers and body-boarders and a great rendezvous for the young. One of the prettiest stretches is set among the sand dunes at Vermont. Breakfast Bay is more a cove than a beach but it is delightful to paddle and snorkel among the rocks and in the gullies. However, there are a myriad of different ways to enjoy yourself by the seaside and the selection of gorgeous beaches in Hermanus will suit your holiday whims.
*Please Note: The sea can be extremely rough at times and it is always best to consult locals on conditions and swim where lifeguards are on duty.