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Nahoon Beach

This popular East London beach is famous for its surfing competitions, kayaking excursions, river fishing and scenic walks across the headland.

Whether you hit the beach to carve up the surf breaks, reel in a catch or simply relax on the sand, Nahoon Beach is a versatile getaway on the Wild Coast. Surf big waves, watch national surfing competitions and enjoy kayaking adventures. This area is also a popular destination for picturesque hikes and spectacular views of the coast. Nahoon Beach fronts a suburb of the same name, located a short drive east from East London’s city center.

The beach itself is comprised of a long sweep of golden sand curving up into large dunes, with clean waves rolling in from the Indian Ocean. You’ll find facilities such as changing rooms at Nahoon Beach but there are no restaurants or snack bars. Lifeguards patrol the beach and mark out the safe swimming area with flags. At the north end of the beach, the ocean converges with the Nahoon River and creates a calm lagoon.

The waves are famously big here, especially in the winter months. Watch surfers and kitesurfers perform impressive tricks in the waves. Sign up for surf lessons with the adventure center located on the beach. Join a kayaking or fishing trip and cruise inland along the Nahoon River.

Stroll to the south end of the beach to find a boardwalk that leads through rolling sand dunes to the rocky headland, Nahoon Point. Admire the rugged scenery of the Wild Coast and look down to see Nahoon Reef, a famous surf spot where regular competitions are held. Follow the Dassie Trail, a 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) long trail that winds through the mangrove forests and mudflats of the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve.

Away from the beach, the suburb of Nahoon Beach is home to useful amenities. Find backpacker hostels, guesthouses, supermarkets, bars and restaurants. 

Nahoon Beach is about a 15-minute drive from East London’s city center. The easiest way to get here is by car, as public buses in East London are infrequent. Free parking is available at the north entrance to the beach and Nahoon Point.

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Harewood Lodge $55
Harewood Lodge

Harewood Lodge

11 Harewood Drive, Nahoon, East London, Eastern Cape
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in East London, this bed & breakfast is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Nahoon Beach and 12.4 mi (19.9 km) from Cove Rock.

    Reef View BnB $63
    Reef View BnB

    Reef View BnB

    4 Blue Bennd place, Beacon Bay, East London, Eastern Cape
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in East London, this beach bed & breakfast is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Beacon Bay Crossing and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach. Eastern Beach and Jan Smuts Stadium East London are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Premier Hotel East London ICC $73
      Premier Hotel East London ICC

      Premier Hotel East London ICC

      22 Esplanade, Beachfront, East London, Eastern Cape
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Quigney Beach, this beach hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Eastern Beach and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Jan Smuts Stadium East London. Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        At Eezzze Riversway Self Catering $44
        At Eezzze Riversway Self Catering

        At Eezzze Riversway Self Catering

        118 Beach Road, Nahoon, East London, Eastern Cape
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly East London apartment building is located in a state park, within 1 mi (2 km) of Nahoon Beach and Bonza Bay Beach. Eastern Beach is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

          The Caxton Lodge at Quigney
          The Caxton Lodge at Quigney

          The Caxton Lodge at Quigney

          164 Caxton St, East London, Eastern Cape
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Quigney Beach, this guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Eastern Beach and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Jan Smuts Stadium East London. Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Hathaway Guest House $68
            Hathaway Guest House

            Hathaway Guest House

            4 Turnberry Ave, East London, Eastern Cape
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Eastern Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Jan Smuts Stadium East London and Bonza Bay Beach. Nahoon Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

              The Hillcrest Guesthouse $71
              The Hillcrest Guesthouse

              The Hillcrest Guesthouse

              67 Hillcrest Drive, Beacon Bay, East London, Eastern Cape
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in East London, this guesthouse is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Beacon Bay Crossing and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach. Eastern Beach and Jan Smuts Stadium East London are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Nahoon Mouth Guest House
                Nahoon Mouth Guest House

                Nahoon Mouth Guest House

                1 May St, East London, Eastern Cape
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in East London, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nahoon Beach and Bonza Bay Beach. Eastern Beach and Jan Smuts Stadium East London are also within 3 mi (5 km).