Hoof Strand in Mtubatuba Platteland, KwaZulu-Natal
St Lucia has a long coastline that is unspoilt, wide, white, and sandy, with specific designated swimming areas. Looking north or south one can see forever along the shimmering, golden, unspoilt, subtropical, sands.
Main Beach, is the most northerly beach in St Lucia and as the name would imply, is the most popular swimming area along this stretch of coastline. There is an abulution block with toilets and some outdoor showers to rid oneself of those annoying grains of sand that lodge everywhere.
A paved parking area for your vehicle is usually attended by a voluntary watchman and the locals make use of the popularity of this beach to sell their wares. So if you have forgotten your towel, or changed your mind about swimming, don't worry, there are plenty of colourful towels to choose from.
Temperatures of the Indian Ocean along this stretch of beach ranges between 19’C in mid-winter (June/July) to approximately 29’C in mid-summer (Dec/Feb), making it a balmy bathing venue. These warm waters are a result of of the Agulhas current that comes in close to the shore.
Favoured Fishing Destination
The pristine iSimangaliso coastline has attracted many avid fishermen and skippers to its shores as the ocean and estuary are literally teaming with fish. There is a continental shelf lying within 1-3 kilometres off shore which is responsible for the deep trenches that attract game fish. This makes St Lucia's beaches a favoured fishing destination.
Anglers and skippers are required to abide by strict rules and regulations. The use of nets (unless under licence) and lights are prohibited.
Spear fishing is permissible to a licence holder, except in the Marine Protected Areas.
Caution needs to be exercised, by both fishermen and bathers, as not only are these beaches not protected or manned by lifeguards, but there are also crocodiles, hippos and other wild animals that can be found lurking nearby. It is also advisable to stay close to the shore when swimming, to avoid the strong rip currents and rough surf.
In spite of these precautions there are ample opportunities for swimming, beach sports, water sports or relaxed tanning, with plenty of room for the young or energetic to expend their energy.
Please exercise care!
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