As one of the most popular of the south coast resorts, Scottburgh is renowned for its large surfing community especially during the winter months, when superior waves can be experienced.

Other popular spots include Green Point, Kelso, Pennington, and Rocky Bay with many other perfect breaks to be found along the popular south coast. Surfers and bodyboarders from around the world visit Scottburgh in particular, for its world wide surfing reputation.

Another appeal of Scottburgh lies in its grass-covered banks leading down to its sandy beaches, which has for many years made it a popular holiday resort for South Africans and foreign holidaymakers alike.

Most Scottburgh residents work for small local businesses or the state sector, while larger industries are located in the nearby towns of Umkomaas, Umzinto, and Sezela.

The town of Scottburgh was founded in 1860 and named after John Scott the then Governor of Natal.