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Nestled on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, just a few minutes south of Margate lays the small village resort of Marina Beach. It is one of the eight South African beaches to achieve the Blue Flag status. This status is awarded to beaches and marinas in more than thirty countries in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean based on standards and criteria owned and managed by an independent non-profit organisation, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) Campaign. Its Blue Flag status has made Marina Beach the Crown Jewel of the South African coastline with its exceptionally clean beach front and good quality and highly professional lifeguard services.
Marina Beach was originally called Canaan, a 200 hectare farm owned by the Mitchell brothers. However in 1934, it was announced that the Duke of Kent was about to wed Princess Marina and to honour their union, the area was renamed Marina Beach. The new name also attached some royal flavour to the region. Two years after this, Marina Beach’s first hotel was built but the region only begun expanding during the post war years.
Apart from the breathtaking long and clean beach and beach front amenities, Marina Beach is located next to the Mpenjati Nature Reserve. Here, magnificent views of the wetland reserve from the walkways and observation platforms can be enjoyed by all who come and visit the area and just for good measure; the reserve is also home to a few very shy forest antelope.