Shelly Beach gets its name from the wide variety of shells that can be found on the beach after high tide, and this beautiful South Coast Blue Flag beach with its submerged reefs has shark nets, and is patrolled by lifeguards during school holidays. To get up close and personal with Shelly Beach marine life, South Coast Ocean Safaris will take you 'into the blue'.
If it's South Coast scuba diving you're into, there's a reef about 1500 metres out to sea which is very popular with divers, as well as the renowned Pretoria Banks reef 7km out to sea, which is also a popular diving destination teeming with fish and sharks.
If it's South Coast shopping you're after, the Shelly Centre in Shelly Beach is the biggest shopping centre on the South Coast, with 6 cinemas, various restaurants and shops, it's only 5 minutes from St Michaels-on-Sea accommodation, and an easy 10 minutes from Uvongo accommodation.
Thrill the kids with a visit to the Pure Venom Reptile Park at Shelly Beach, said to be the largest reptile farm in Africa. This South Coast snake park has an amazing collection of indigenous and exotic reptiles, which include both alligators and crocodiles. While at the park one can also stop by the "Creepy Curio Shop" which sells curios, unique clothing and accessories.
You'll find an impressive range of Shelly Beach accommodation ideally situated on the picturesque South Coast beachfront in close proximity to essential amenities. Shelly Beach Self Catering accommodation guarantees unforgettable family holiday fun, and Shelly Beach Bed & Breakfast accommodation set in a lush indigenous South Coast foliage creates a restful haven for visitors.
Driving South from Shelly Beach accommodation, you will find the following towns with Where To Stay South Coast accommodation listings :
South Coast, St Michaels-on-Sea Accommodation (2.9km from Shelly Beach accommodation)
The surfer’s paradise of St Michaels-on-Sea is another fantastic South Coast holiday spot which lies adjacent to Uvongo accommodation. Although St Michaels-on-Sea Beach is not a Blue Flag certified beach, it is protected by shark nets, and patrolled by lifeguards during school holidays. This tranquil and idyllic little South Coast town offers a plethora of stunning St Michaels-on-Sea accommodation, including Star Graded St Michaels-on-Sea Bed & Breakfast accommodation just 100m away from the beach.
While in St Michaels-on-Sea, do yourself a favour and eat at C-Bali, a stylish seafood restaurant overlooking St Michaels-on-Sea Beach. Here you can indulge in the 'Flying Dutchman Potjie', a medley of seafood in a creamy garlic and parsley sauce served in a truly South African way.
South Coast, Uvongo Accommodation (5.5km from Shelly Beach accommodation)
Uvongo on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal is a bustling seaside holiday town situated at the mouth of the Ivunga River, where a magnificent waterfall plummets 23m down into the deepest lagoon in the country. Large rock escarpments covered with beautiful, dense foliage shelter Uvongo Beach, where visitors can swim, surf and snorkel in the warm South Coast Indian Ocean waters. For the adventurous, the caves of the Uvongo Lagoon offer a popular destination for divers.
Hire a pedal boat and explore the Uvongo River, or take a footpath and amble alongside the river to the Uvongo River Nature Reserve which incorporates a well-conserved coastal forest with a wide diversity of trees, shrubs, ferns, orchids and maritime bird life.
Plan a visit to the Uvongo Bird Park, as this amazing South Coast bird park offers walk-through aviaries, where a diversity of vibrant bird life can be discovered. Enjoy tea in the garden, while the children entertain themselves in the play-park.
If you're visiting the South Coast around June, Uvongo comes alive with excitement when the annual Sardine Run takes place, as the sardines migrate northwards from the Eastern Cape, bringing with them a variety of larger game fish in hot pursuit.
Uvongo is awash with stunning beachfront Uvongo Self Catering accommodation affording one the most exquisite sea views, making Uvongo an ideal base from where to explore the lower KwaZulu Natal South Coast. Visit the Where To Stay Uvongo accommodation page for more info on these terrific Uvongo accommodation options.
South Coast, Manaba Beach Accommodation (5.7km from Shelly Beach accommodation)
'Manaba' translated from Zulu means 'ease and relaxation', and while in Manaba Beach that's exactly what you do in this fabulous South Coast holiday destination - surf, canoe, fish, soak up the sun and swim on a safe South Coast Blue Flag beach.
Blue Flag Beach certification assures the visitor that the beach is clean and environmentally friendly, and protected by professional lifeguard services. Most of the KwaZulu Natal, South Coast beaches boast Blue Flag status, as in Manaba Beach's own Lucien Beach, one of the most beautiful and immaculate beaches on the sub-tropical KwaZulu Natal, South Coast, and just a short walk away you will find magnificent Manaba Beach Self Catering Cottage accommodation perched right on this quiet but popular South Coast, Blue Flag beach. Manaba Beach Self Catering Apartment accommodation will dazzle you with 180 degree breaker views, and at the ultra luxury Manaba Beach Self Catering Apartment accommodation Martinique 5, you're invited to set up base and experience a "Golf Coast Holiday". Known as the 'Golf Coast', there are eleven KwaZulu Natal, South Coast Golf Courses, all linked by a superb road network within easy reach of each other, and with well appointed golf clubhouses and a friendly 19th hole!
For more details on these fabulous South Coast Manaba Beach accommodation establishments, visit the Where To Stay Manaba Beach accommodation page.
South Coast, Margate Accommodation (8.8km from Shelly Beach accommodation)
Just a 500m stroll from Manaba Beach accommodation is Margate Beach, a prime Blue Flag South Coast beach, regarded as the foremost South Coast holiday beach destination, where many locals and foreign visitors spend their vacations. Margate is also known as an anglers paradise, especially during the annual 'Sardine Run', when the South Coast comes to life with an energetic buzz of fishermen and locals as the tiny silver fish beach.
Margate is the centre for nightlife on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, and when the nightclubs close, the parties begin on Margate Beach. For those who prefer a little souvenir shopping, Margate boasts exceptional art galleries and craft shops, and you can treat yourself to great food in Margate's many beach-front cafe's, fine dining and fast food establishments.
Margate accommodation is profuse, ranging from Star Graded Margate Hotel accommodation, and Margate Bed & Breakfast accommodation just a stone's throw away from Margate Beach. Margate Holiday Resort accommodation provides endless on-site facilities, and superbly located Margate Self Catering accommodation offers unsurpassed sea views. See the full menu on the Where To Stay Margate accommodation page.
South Coast, Ramsgate Accommodation (9.3km from Shelly Beach accommodation)
Ramsgate Beach is a sought after South Coast, Blue Flag Beach which is well equipped for launching ski boats, and is a quiet South Coast paradise with a large tidal pool and lagoon. Set among the lush green sub-tropical South Coast vegetation known as 'banana country', Ramsgate accommodation offers plenty of beds of all kinds, from Star Graded Ramsgate Bed & Breakfast accommodation with sweeping Indian Ocean views just meters from the sand, surf and rock pools, to Ramsgate Self Catering accommodation with picturesque views of the Ramsgate beach and lagoon. When looking where to eat in Ramsgate, make sure you visit the Burlesque Cafe, a delightful, quaint cafe with a seasonal menu that draws from Mediterranean influences - mezze, tapa's, pasta and seafood, and the lunchtime gourmet sandwiches are a huge hit.
For entertainment of a different kind, be enchanted at the Ramsgate Butterfly Valley, where a magnificent variety of butterflies can be enjoyed within a natural, accessible environment in a flight dome, which allows visitors to wander around freely, with the butterflies fluttering around.
Driving North from Shelly Beach accommodation, you will find the following towns with Where To Stay South Coast accommodation listings :
South Coast, Oslo Beach Accommodation (8.1km from Shelly Beach accommodation)
Nestled between Shelly Beach and Port Shepstone on the South Coast, quiet Oslo Beach is known as the place to go surf and fish. This unspoilt South Coast paradise offers spectacular Oslo Beach Self Catering accommodation surrounded by vegetation dappled with indigenous wildflowers, and Oslo Beach Bed & Breakfast accommodation right on the edge of the sea. At Oslo Beach Lodge (Self Catering accommodation in Oslo Beach), on-site Barney's Restaurant specialises in steaks and sea food, and the Flintstones Pub has a full liquor licence and serves delicious pub grub!
For the adventure seeker, make sure you visit Oribi Gorge 20km inland from Oslo Beach. Oribi Gorge - 'a place of echoes', is a 400 metre deep gorge that is the largest and most spectacular gorge in KwaZulu Natal. Located on the western side of Oribi Gorge is the five thousand acre Lake Eland Nature Reserve, home to an abundance of wildlife, including giraffe, zebra and eland. The reserve has 4x4 trails, horse riding, hiking, and variety of caves which visitors can explore. The reserve also has picnic sites with braai facilities, and a tea garden and curio shop. Visit the Where To Stay Oribi Gorge accommodation page if you decide to stay in this magnificent area of the KZN South Coast.
South Coast, Port Shepstone Accommodation (8.1km from Shelly Beach accommodation)
A popular tourist destination on the KZN South Coast, Port Shepstone has 20kms of beautiful beaches stretching North and South on the Hibiscus Coast, which provide opportunities for excellent surfing, fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming. Port Shepstone is also the South Coast town where the 'home of all rivers' - the Mzimkulu River meets the sea. Here you can take a boat trip and spot wildlife along the river banks, or river raft, canoe, windsurf and water ski.
For those who prefer dry ground, the Port Shepstone Country Club is one of the best on the South Coast, and known as a gem on the golfing circuit for its warm and sunny year-round climate. The Port Shepstone Country Club offers an eighteen hole golf course with a wide variety of golfing challenges, after which you can share your experiences with the local golfers at the 19th hole and clubhouse.
Of historical interest is the Port Shepstone Museum, which provides visitors with a glimpse into the history of the town. Another interesting South Coast site is the cast iron 27,000 candle-power Port Shepstone Lighthouse built in 1906, which can be found at the mouth of the Mzimkulu River.
Port Shepstone offers a wide variety of interesting restaurants which includes the popular Schooners Galley, famous for its great seafood, or the Leopard Rock Coffee Shop which will feed you delicious homemade meals in a tranquil ambience.
When surfing the Where To Stay website for accommodation, you will find Port Shepstone Self Catering accommodation situated right on the South bank of the Umzimkulu River, where you can wake to the sound of the resident Fish Eagles.
South Coast, Umtentweni Accommodation (12.2km from Shelly Beach accommodation)
Situated at the mouth of the Mtentweni River, the small South Coast town of Umtentweni is spread out along a 4km long stretch of beach, this popular South Coast holiday resort offers excellent fishing, surfing and swimming - or simply sit on the beach and watch the dolphins go by.
Besides beach activities in Umtentweni, take the family to the nearby Riverbend Crocodile Farm, home to about 200 Nile crocodiles, where visitors can watch live feeding sessions. The farm's well known Crocpot Restaurant serves breakfasts all day, and is renowned for it's cream teas, said to boast the best waffles and lemon meringue on the coast!
There's tons of Umtentweni accommodation on offer, from Umtentweni Hotel accommodation, to Umtentweni Caravan or Camping accommodation, and Umtentweni Self Catering accommodation. Visit the Where To Stay Umtentweni accommodation page to view all the options.
Visit The Where To Stay Shelly Beach, South Coast Accommodation Page
It is our mission to search for, and recruit a wide selection of suitable Shelly Beach, South Coast accommodation, particularly the more popular categories such as Shelly Beach Bed & Breakfast accommodation, Shelly Beach Self Catering accommodation, Shelly Beach Guest House accommodation, and other Shelly Beach lodges such as Self Catering Cottages in Shelly Beach, and Shelly Beach, South Coast Hotels.
We strive to present a mixture of upmarket Shelly Beach accommodation, and affordable accommodation (to suit all pockets and tastes), especially for Self Catering accommodation in Shelly Beach, which is a category more geared for family holiday accommodation in Shelly Beach. Shelly Beach Hotels should be considered for business or holiday accommodation in Shelly Beach (or in towns near Shelly Beach).
Suitable Shelly Beach, South Coast accommodation can also be found in nearby towns :
South of Shelly Beach : St Michaels-on-Sea - 2.9km from Shelly Beach accommodation; Uvongo - 5.5km from Shelly Beach accommodation; Manaba Beach - 5.7km from Shelly Beach accommodation; Margate - 8.8km from Shelly Beach accommodation; Ramsgate - 9.3km from Shelly Beach accommodation.
North of Shelly Beach : Oslo Beach - 8.1km from Shelly Beach accommodation; Port Shepstone - 8.1km from Shelly Beach accommodation; Port Shepstone - 8.1km from Shelly Beach accommodation)
We recommend that, if in doubt about accommodation quality, and to put your mind at ease, you should consider Star Graded accommodation in Shelly Beach, South Coast, whether it be Star Graded Self Catering Shelly Beach accommodation, or Star Graded Shelly Beach Bed & Breakfast accommodation. See here for our Star Graded Shelly Beach accommodation page.
Be sure to check our other Special Categories for Shelly Beach Pet Friendly accommodation, or Shelly Beach Conference accommodation, Shelly Beach Wedding Venues and Shelly Beach accommodation that sleeps 10 or more persons, etc. etc.
Afrikaans alternate search phrase - Shelly Beach akommodasie or Shelly Beach akomodasie.