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Eastern Beach

Enjoy long coastal walks, learn to surf, spot colorful marine life at the nearby aquarium and admire the scenery at East London’s main beach.

The attractive Eastern Beach is one of East London’s most popular and centrally located beaches. Enjoy relaxed walks around a bay of golden sand backed by large dunes, watch talented surfers on the beach’s breaks and learn to catch a wave with a kitesurfing lesson. 

Eastern Beach fronts East London’s waterfront esplanade. The wide and sandy beach presents ample room for children to play and beach sports. You’ll find changing facilities and toilets at various points along the waterfront. Lifeguards patrol the beach and flags mark the areas that are safe for swimming. Due to the waves, it is recommendable to accompany young children into the water.

Eastern Beach is a popular destination for surfers and kitesurfers. Watch as the locals ride the rolling waves or learn to surf on the clean breaks. The backpacker hostel located on the beach offers individual and group surfing lessons with experienced guides.

Stroll along the sand toward the eastern end of the bay. Gaze up at the huge sand dunes and the rugged headland in the distance. Another enjoyable walk leads along the esplanade toward East London’s city center. Find cafés, bars and seafood restaurants, many with sea views. 

Go to the nearby East London Aquarium to watch seal shows, see a penguin colony and spot tropical fish. Walk out onto the aquarium’s wooden boardwalk and take in tranquil coastal views. The boardwalk becomes a popular viewing point for spotting migratory southern right whales from August to November. Access to the boardwalk is free.

Eastern Beach is about a 30-minute walk or less than 10-minutes’ drive from East London’s city center. There is a large car park at the back of the beach and additional parking areas along the esplanade. The beach is a safe area but it is advisable to return to the city during daylight hours if going by foot.


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Lodging Near Eastern Beach

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Premier Hotel Regent $74
Premier Hotel Regent

Premier Hotel Regent

22 Esplanade, Beach Front, East London
     
    3.4
    of 5, from 51 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Eastern Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach. Alexander Golf and Country Club and Cove Rock are also within 12 mi (20 km).

    The Paralian $83
    The Paralian

    The Paralian

    Cnr Cowper and Seaview Terrace Street, East London
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 1 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Eastern Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach. Alexander Golf and Country Club and Cove Rock are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Premier Hotel East London ICC $68
      Premier Hotel East London ICC

      Premier Hotel East London ICC

      22 Esplanade, Beachfront, East London
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 119 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Eastern Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach. Alexander Golf and Country Club and Cove Rock are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        The Hampton Exclusive Guest House $85
        The Hampton Exclusive Guest House

        The Hampton Exclusive Guest House

        2 Marine Terrace, East London
           
          3.8
          of 5, from 6 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Offering direct access to the beach, this East London guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Eastern Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach. Cove Rock and Alexander Golf and Country Club are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Santorini Guesthouse $56
          Santorini Guesthouse

          Santorini Guesthouse

          19 John Bailie Rd, East London
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 3 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in the suburbs, this bed & breakfast is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Eastern Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach. Alexander Golf and Country Club and Cove Rock are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Quarry Lake Inn $99
            Quarry Lake Inn

            Quarry Lake Inn

            Quartzite Drive, The Quarry, East London
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 20 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in East London, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Eastern Beach, Bonza Bay Beach, and Nahoon Beach. Alexander Golf and Country Club and Cove Rock are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              See More Guest House $54
              See More Guest House

              See More Guest House

              14 Montrose Avenue Bunkers Hill, East London
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 36 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in East London, this guesthouse is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Eastern Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach. Alexander Golf and Country Club and Cove Rock are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Splendid Inn King David $46
                Splendid Inn King David

                Splendid Inn King David

                Cnr Currie Street & Inverleith Terrace, East London
                   
                  3.3
                  of 5, from 30 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of East London, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Eastern Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach. Alexander Golf and Country Club and Cove Rock are also within 12 mi (20 km).