80° BY THE SEA
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The sea near Durban, unlike that around the Cape, is comfortably warm year-round: in summer the water temperature can top 27°C (80°F), whereas in winter 19°C (65°F) is considered cold. The beaches are safe, the sand is a beautiful golden color, and you'll see people swimming all year round. All of KwaZulu-Natal's main beaches are protected by shark nets and staffed with lifeguards, and there are usually boards stating the wind direction, water temperature, and the existence of any dangerous swimming conditions. Directly in front of uShaka Marine World, uShaka Beach is an attractive public beach. The Golden Mile, stretching from South Beach all the way to Snake Park Beach, is packed with people who enjoy the waterslides, singles' bars, and fast-food joints. A little farther north are the Umhlanga beaches, and on the opposite side of the bay are the less commercialized but also less accessible and safe beaches on Durban's Bluff. Another pretty beach and coastal walk, just north of the Umhlanga Lagoon, leads to miles of near-empty beaches backed by virgin bush. Please note: you should not walk alone on deserted beaches or carry any jewelry or other valuables, and you should never walk at night.