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La Lucia

North Coast


Compared to the city of Durban to its south and Umhlanga to its north, La Lucia offers a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere with beautiful beaches. People choose to live in La Lucia for the peace and quiet, and visitors choose to go there for the same reason.

A number of upmarket accommodation options are available, mostly in the traditional B&B market and many with good access to the beach. The beaches are really what it’s about in La Lucia. Far quieter than those to the north or south, the La Lucia beaches offer good swimming and surfing, as well as angling from the shore.

The best thing about La Lucia is that while it feels genuinely out of the fast lane, it is within minutes of all the major attractions of the Durban area.This little village may be quiet, but it isn’t without the conveniences of city living. The La Lucia mall is one of the smartest in the area, complete with gym, pubs and places to dine. Other restaurants in the area supplement the variety, while Durban North just down the road also has some excellent options.

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Learn to kitesurf or embrace the latest craze – stand-up paddleboarding. Lessons for both are available on the La Lucia beach, as well as more conventional surfing lessons.

Take a microlight flight along the coast, starting at the Virginia airport. These flights are an amazing way to take in the coastal scenery at any time of the year. When the sardines arrive near Durban, they take on a whole new dimension. Spot sharks, dolphins and whales from the air or just get a new perspective on this beautiful coastal region.

Another perspective on the Indian Ocean can be found under the waves. Scuba diving is one of the most popular water sports in the world, and after trying it for yourself you’ll see why. Diving courses and outings can be easily arranged in the area, as can boat tours and deep-sea fishing. 

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