BIg Sur, Beverly Hills and Miami Beach all meet up — that’s the Umhlanga suburb of Durban, South Africa

Umhlanga Beach -- this could be Big Sur, CA

Umhlanga Beach — this could be Big Sur, CA

A very upscale suburb of Durban, on the Indian Ocean just 10 miles north of the central city, the township of Umhlanga is a major tourist destination.  “Umhlanga” means “place of reeds” in the Zulu language.  Visitors from around the world year-round enjoy the beach, surf, luxury hotels, holiday apartments, condominiums and shopping and dining.  The sandy beaches stretch 120 miles to the north.  Just inland are acres of sugar cane fields.  Further inland lies the Inanda Valley, full of local history and spectacular landscapes, including the Valley of 1000 Hills and the massive Inanda Dam.

Umhlanga Beach approach -- is this southeast Florida?

Umhlanga Beach approach — is this southeast Florida?

The local tourism guide notes that there are a wide variety of beach activities available at Umhlanga Beach, including surfing, deep-sea fishing, whale watching and dolphin viewing, scuba diving, kite boarding and microlight flips.

Umhlanga Beach pier

Umhlanga Beach pier

The pier, just north of the Umhlanga Rocks lighthouse, provides great views of the promenade and the rocks and lighthouse (see next photo).

Umhlanga Beach lighthouse and (??) Beverly Hills

Umhlanga Beach lighthouse and (??) Beverly Hills

There are several luxury hotels and apartments on or overlooking the beach near the Unhlanga Rocks, including the “Beverly Hills”, pictured above, and the condominium complex, below.  A favorite dining destination is the Oyster Box Hotel, expanded into a hotel in the 1930s from the original beach cottage of 1869, constructed years before the village’s founding in 1895 by a British colonist.

Umhlanga Beach condominiums

Umhlanga Beach condominiums

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