Ballito’s top five beaches

Ballito is not one of the most popular beach holiday destinations in KZN for no reason, our city has beaches for every occasion.

But if you’re on vacation you might just visit the beach outside your front door. We’ve selected five of our favorites for you to explore.

1. Willard Beach (main beach) has been the home of Mr. Price Pro for the last five years and is undoubtedly the most popular beach on our coast.

This is a beach party, favored by children and hip families. Enchantment has four main places to choose from: Bog, Bathers, Surfers and Sunrise.

The pedestrian area starts here and stretches south, hugging the coastline to Salmon Bay. Popular with jogging, baby stroller and dog walkers.

There are many small beaches along the road, with access points along Compensation Beach Road.

The pros include proximity to caravan parks, skateboard parks, shops and restaurants; and the presence of shark nets and lifeguards. But if you do not like the beach crowd this is not for you.

2. Thompson’s Bay is arguably the most beautiful of our swimming beaches. Walk through the ‘hole in the wall’ to find some beautiful coves, made striking by rock formations of limestone on the cliff.

The tidal pool and ‘hole in the wall’ make this place quite special. A great activity for an active family is walking from Thompson’s Bay to Willard Beach. Pack up a picnic lunch and explore.

Shark nets and coast guards are on site but the beach can be crowded, so go early and avoid the noisy mid-day sun. There is also limited parking.

3. Salt Rock Beach has it all, plenty of parking, wide sandy beach and great surf for surfers.

It is also spitting distance from the caravan park and Granny pond, a fantastic children’s maze of tidal pools.

4. Chakas Rock is home to a very special tidal pool, full of life, including parrotfish and incredible soft coral.

Your kids will love to see the treasures this pool has to offer, but tread carefully because the pig feathers have very sharp thorns.

All these creatures are protected and can not be removed.

5. Sheffield and Christmas Bay is our northern coast.

This is where you want to go if you want to wallow quietly in a rock pool, away from the crowds. This is the perfect beach for toddlers and small children. The stone pools are in abundance and while there are no lifeguards, a small portion of the small bay is well protected.

This beach still has a touch of wildness.

The beach is frequented by divers, fishermen and residents of Sheffield walking with their dogs. From Christmas Bay you can see Tinley Manor, and walk to it if you so wish, but be sure not to do this walk alone because it is a stretch of secluded beach.

While this applies everywhere, be very vigilant not to leave valuables in your car because disconnection has been reported here in the past.