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Hot bodies, gnarly waves, sun-drenched sparkling beaches, chic eateries and glamorous hotels characterise Durban’s Golden Mile. The Golden Mile is a strip of beachfront in the KwaZulu-Natal capital city of Durban, a playground for international holidaymakers and the preferred destination for locals who arrive from all parts of South Africa during the school holidays. Durban’s weather is sub-tropical, rarely cold and the Indian Ocean is warm enough to swim in throughout the year. The piers are popular fishing spots and viewpoints while the clean beaches are patrolled by lifeguards and protected by shark nets.
The Golden Mile stretches from uShaka Marine World in the south up to the Suncoast Casino in the north. In between are swimming and surfing beaches overlooked by top hotels and stylish cafés. Brightly adorned rickshaws fared by smiling drivers with outrageous headgear will transport you along the promenade – shared by runners, pedestrians, skaters and cyclists – as you pass swimming pools and waterslides enjoyed by young families. North and South beach are the two most popular swimming and surfing beaches while Vetch's Pier is frequented by recreational divers.
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a popular precinct with all forms of activities on offer, from Segway tours to a knee-knocking swing over the stadium, while on the opposite end is uShaka Marine World, a themed waterpark offering water-related fun and a Blue Flag beach.
The North Beach skate park entertains skaters and BMX bikers and occasional top events are held here.
If you are an early riser, limber up with a yoga session on the lawns of the Suncoast Casino or try the 6km Beach Promenade Run between uShaka Marine World and Blue Lagoon. Then sit back at one of the café’s on the beach to enjoy a healthy breakfast and cappuccino.
At night, there are a number of top nightclubs to visit along the Golden Mile which is well-policed 24/7.
Whether it’s late in the evening or during the day, strolling along the Golden Mile will get you into that holiday feeling in no time.