It’s holidays! Time for Flip Flops and the Beach! The perfect time to come and enjoy spectacular ocean sunrises as you amble along the beach…
The days are fresh, warm and colourful, perfect for strolling along the seashore. Enjoy the coastal environment; pack a water-bottle, sunhat and a light picnic, and have a “green-day” in Ramsgate. Meander on the 5km Marine Ramble where you can discover coastal flora, butterflies, birds and a variety of sea creatures in the inter tidal zone.
This 5km seashore trail is situated between Ramsgate and Southbroom and well kept by the Ramsgate Conservancy. Dogs on leashes are welcome to! Here’s an outline of what to expect on the Ramble… Starting at Southbroom, there are breathtaking seascapes from above the Tidal pool with views over the Imbizana River Estuary & mouth where one finds an abundance of birdlife.
Heading northwards (the sea will be on one’s right) along tranquil beaches and pristine shoreline pathways, one passes unspoilt Big Tree Beach, Inyoni Point, Shirley Point, Black Rock, SkiBoat Bay and Little Billy Bay, separated by interesting rocky stretches of seashore. You may even want to take a dip in some rock pools should the tide be right.
Ski Boat Bay marks the halfway point and is the ideal resting place to enjoy the sights and sounds of the gulls, boats and fishermen. Tantilise your tastebuds with a refreshment or delicious light seafood meal at the Hibiscus Beach Cafe which opens at busy times.
From here one walks along to Whaleback beach and can spot the historical Whaleback Cottage built from local stone, the first holiday cottage in Ramsgate hence its amazing position. One can read about it on a plaque close to the cottage entrance, or find out more about holidays here, on this link… https://www.billsbest.co.za/properties/cottage/whaleback-cottage/
Ambling on, one reaches the northern car park of the popular Ramsgate Main Blue Flag Beach with it’s tidal pool. Be sure to look out for the many “camouflaged” resident Rock Rabbits amongst the rocks. Beautiful vistas of the tidal pool enfold here and again this is a perfect spot to have a dip. Perhaps veer off the walk a little and enjoy a quick walk up to the Whale viewing Deck overlooking the main beach. It’s a perfect spot to take some great pics!
If you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite or thirst, take a break at either the Blue Lagoon Restaurant Cocktail Deck with its surfer-type vibes and awesome views over the main beach, or stroll through Tanglewood Forest to the Waffle House with its Gaze Gallery and Basket shop.
The final section of the ramble follows the beautiful more secluded stretches of beach along Pinkie Rock, Gammies Rock, Grooms Pantry, Boulder Bay, Shad Rock, Hibiscus Forest, Blue Bay and Tragedy Hill Rocks.