Stay golden on the Golden Mile

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 09:34 AM

Filled with things to do and places to see, Durban’s Golden Mile is one of the city’s hot spots. Here, you will find soft, sandy beaches, with the best breaks, vibey restaurants and cafes, and loads more. As one of the most popular beachfronts in the country, the Golden Mile stretch has a little something for everyone.

For the water babies, there are loads of great beach stretches, including North Beach and South Beach, which have waves perfect for surfing, bodyboarding or simply just bobbing over the waves. If you’re travelling with the family and have small kids, there are paddling pools, slides and fountains for your little ones to enjoy.

If your inner explorer is itching for adventure, Vetch’s Pier provides sublime snorkelling, while the waters nearby are sheltered and make for great kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding.

The Mile, as the locals call it, has a little more to it than just stretching beaches and beautifully warm waters. Explore the paved pathways on your own two feet, bicycle or segway, and come across traditional Zulu art and craft stalls. But if you’re on a skateboard, you’ve definitely come to the right place, and you can get your shred on at the Skate Park at the Bay of Plenty Beach. Roller-bladers and BMX riders are welcome too.

Durban has a long and proud history with surfing and hosted the first South African Surfing Championships in 1996. As a tribute to the sport, you can visit the Time Warp Surf Museum near South Beach, dedicated to surf history, culture and surfing community.

Perhaps the biggest attraction along the Golden Mile is uShaka Marine World, where you can attend dolphin shows, feed rays, go diving with sharks and see Durban’s best-dressed at the penguin enclosure.

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