Best beaches in South Africa; Noetzie ranks as one of the Worlds best beaches in recent report

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When we think of the best beaches in South Africa, naturally Camps Bay beach comes to mind or the surfer’s paradise of South Beach in Durban.

Maybe we even think of the tranquil beaches of Paternoster on the West Coast but recently the secret hidden gem of Noetzie beach on the Garden Route has been ranked higher than all of these.

Travel site FlightNetwork recently ranked the top 50 beaches in the world in an article on “Express Digest”  and you will be pleasantly surprised that Noetzie Beach just outside Knysna, Western Cape was the top ranked South African beach at #16 Worldwide just after Playa Norte in Mexico and before Balandra Beach, also in Mexico! Other beaches within the top 16 were the famous Navagio Beach in Greece and Maya Bay in Thailand which makes this a real accolade for the Western Cape.

Noetzie beach scored 10 points based on various different best beach indicators due to its untouched beauty and remote location.

It also scored an 8 for sand and water quality with an average of 277 sunshine days per year! That makes it a sun seekers paradise!

Here’s what they say about it:


“Located down an exclusive gravel road, Noetzie Beach in South Africa is number 16 on the list. It is tucked into a hidden nook of Plettenberg Bay and rimmed by a dense forest. The beach scored a perfect 10 for both sheer untouched beauty and remoteness. It also scored eight for sand and water quality and has on average 277 of sunshine per year. Tour guide Rushdi Harper wrote: ‘A secluded beach located in one of South Africa’s most beautiful towns, Noetzie Beach is the perfect escape from a busy city. Fall asleep on the white sand with the sound of the waves as your lullaby’”

Read the full article here on Express Digest:

Visiting Noetzie beach – A castle on the beach!

If you haven’t visited Noetzie yet, this is the perfect time to do so after the hustle and bustle of the holidays and whilst summer is still in full swing.

With us, not only do you get to stay on one of the best beaches in the world but you also get to stay in a magical castle on the beach! Make this an extra special experience by booking our Craighross Castle situated right on this, now famous, Noetzie beach. This majestic castle will make you feel like royalty and is ideal for a romantic getaway or for a group wanting to discover all the Garden Route has to offer.

Have a look at our live availability calendar and book your stay at Craighross Castle.

If you would like to experience more of the garden route, have a look at other properties we offer as well to get as much possible out of your stay when visiting the Garden Route here.