The Golden Mile
Golden Mile, Durban © Creative Commons
Durban's most popular attraction is the length of beach stretching across one end of the city centre. Known as the Golden Mile, the beach starts in the north at Blue Lagoon and eventually stops at uShaka Marine World in South Beach. There are various picnic and fishing hotspots, as well as the Suncoast Casino and Mini Town on North Beach. Along the way, they will travel past the skatepark, surfing museum, and restaurants in the Bay of Plenty. Dotted with elaborate kiddie pools and set against a backdrop of high-rise hotels and holiday flats, the Golden Mile is indeed the epicentre of Durban tourism. A wide, flat promenade runs nearly the entire way, dotted here and there with joggers, rickshaws and rollerbladers. The sandy beach is flat, and its gloriously warm waters are good both for surfing and swimming. The amphitheatre near North Beach hosts a large flea market on Sundays, offering everything from beaded jewellery and wood carvings to saris and DVDs.
During the day, the Golden Mile is a paradise for holidaymakers and beachgoers. However, it is not considered safe to walk on the promenade after dark. Visitors should keep watch of their belongings at all times and beware of pickpockets.