There are several beaches in Hermanus – all unique in their own way; from the expansive Grotto Beach
(which has Blue Flag status) to the unnamed little beaches found in nooks along the coastline.
Hermanus has beaches that surfers love, beaches that are favourites with children,
beaches that are perfect for shore fishing and beaches more easily accessible to the disabled or elderly.
Below is a guide to our different beaches so you can choose the one that best suits your idea of a day on the beach.
Don’t forget your sun block – even on overcast days!
Grotto beach is a pristine Blue Flag beach that stretches for kilometres making it ideal for long walks. Dutchies’ Restaurant, a play park, lots of parking and excellent ablution facilities make this a favourite beach amongst the holiday makers. It is a typical Southern Cape sandy beach with good waves and usually pleasantly warm water. The beach can be reached by driving through the town of Hermanus, and as one is leaving the town (drive around a traffic circle) the beach is signposted off the main street of Hermanus. Lifeguards are in attendance throughout the season.
Hawston beach is tucked away in the village of Hawston as one drives towards the town of Hermanus. It is a truly beautiful beach with views of the sweeping mountains along the Cape coastline and along the extensive dune system which stretches along the coast for some distance. Hawston beach has some of the safest swimming along the Western Cape coastline. Treat the sensitive dune systems with care and only walk along the designated board walk systems.
There are picnic areas and braai/barbecue facilities in the back beach area as well as an Abalone Restaurant adjacent to the beach.
It is very rustic, rural and worth a visit (especially to watch the sun set!). Interpretive signage allows one the option to learn more about the unique vegetation and natural resources of the area.
This is a small beach that also has excellent ablution facilities and is great for those who don’t like sand, as there are large stretches of lawn above the beach. Voëlkip beach is popular with surfers and sunbathers.
This is, as the name suggests, a long beach in a secluded cove at the foot of the cliffs. Langbaai is considered to be the ‘secret’ beach of Hermanus. There are quite a few steps to get to the beach, which can make things difficult for elderly people or those with small children.
Also known as Nanny’s Beach, Kammabaai is a family favourite. It has the best waves for surfing, picnic spots and braai sites under the milkwoods, and great rocks to climb.
The Sandbaai beach is dotted with rock pools full of marine creatures and is particularly popular at low tide when swimming is safe. It is also popular for snorkelling. There are change rooms and showers.
This is also a favourite for families because of the safe swimming the lagoon provides. Onrus beach is popular with local body boarders and surfers and there are shower facilities. The Milkwood Restaurant overlooks the beach and provides take-away and light meals.
This little spot at Vermont provides a perfect setting for picnicking. Flanked by high dunes, the beach is sheltered and a favourite place for the sunbather and popular for sand boarding.