World's 50 Best Beaches
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Boulders Beach has made South Africa proud! Arguably our most adorable beach, Boulders earned a spot on the World’s 50 Best Beaches List recently; representing SA. Here are 5 reasons the penguin beach is a must-visit!


Simon’s Town, South Africa (24 May, 2023)—South Africa’s most adorable beach and penguin hub, Boulders Beach, has made a global splash and earned a spot on the World’s 50 Best Beaches List.

Competition was stiff this year, as multiple beaches around the world battled to make a splash—from the sugar sands of Mauritius to the pink-brushed coast of the Bahamas.

However, the tuxedo beach known for its population of African Penguins triumphed above others, claiming 40th place on the list. Not to mention, Boulders was the only South African beach to claim the crowning this year.

As the World’s 50 Best Beaches shares, the list is the “most accurate and well-researched list of beaches ever compiled”, compiled by votes from over 750 travel influencers, experts and journalists who named and famed the bucket list adds.

So, what’s so special about Boulders Beach?

1. You’ll see the only penguin species native to African coasts!

The African Penguin is small but mighty, and proudly African.

2. Boulders is known for being clean and safe for both visitors and the penguin residents.

Boulders Beach is protected by SANParks, and entry fees go toward conservation costs.

3. It’s an area protected  under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area

This means it’s a spot where marine life cannot be removed!

4. It’s one of the most breathtaking, affordable experiences around Cape Town

The fee for South Africans is R44, and for SA kids, it’s just R22.

5. The Beach Supports Animal Wellbeing

You can look but you can’t touch or feed our tuxedo-donning friends. If you do, you’ll be fined R500 in an effort not to disturb their wellness!

Source: World’s 50 Best Beaches; SANParks
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Ashleigh Nefdt is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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