Grotto Beach

A typical Southern Cape sandy beach with good waves and usually pleasantly warm water. Very popular beach with locals and holiday makers. The beach can be reached by driving through the town of Hermanus , and as one is leaving the town (drive around a traffic circle) the beach is signposted off the main street of Hermanus.

Hermanus is approximately one and a half hours drive from Cape Town . Lifeguards are in attendance throughout the season. Environmental education projects include: Interpretive Signage, Employees Training, “Coastcare working for the coast” which has eighty-two workers in the area controlled by the Overstrand Municipality.

Environmental Education at all schools in the area. Outdoor classrooms on Grotto Beach is one of their initiatives. The beach has an interpretive education centre where members of the public can get information on local environmental issues and on the Blue Flag.

Local schools undertake coastal monitoring on Grotto Beach and the plaat through the Adopt-A-Beach programme. If you are tired of the beach and the sun, take a walk through the milkwood tree forest immediately behind the beach – note this is a protected area.

Dutchies restaurant is immediately behind the beach, there is plenty of parking and a small children’s play park located on the beach.

  • Blue Flag Status: Yes
  • Season Start: 1 December
  • Season End: 31 March
  • Municipality: Overstrand
  • Location Name: Hermanus
  • Contact Name: Richard Scholtz/Leon Steyn
  • Contact Information: 028 3138100/082 4476023
  • E-mail address:
  • GPS coordinates: 34º24’37.62″S 19º16’43.69″E

The Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) recently shared a visual insight into Grotto Beach to highlight the importance of the Blue Flag programme which is supported by the Tourism Blue Flag  Project in South Africa – both implemented nationally by WESSA and partners. Watch and share the inspiring video of this world-class #BlueFlagSA beach!