The beachfront and promenade of Durban has come to be known as the Golden Mile, a lively and eye-catching tourist expanse that really comes to life during the annual Sardine Run, the literal and epic mass migration of sardines that occurs from June through July. Then again, this stretch that runs from South Beach to Durban Beach will be the most frequented entertainment area in the city no matter when you visit.
If you're one to seek the vacant pleasures of everything from the Marineworld at the southern end of the Mile to the massive casino at its northern end and all of glitzy amusement rides and restaurants in between, then you may never want to leave. If you're a typical Embark adventurer, then you may want to give in to the gratification of blue-flag beaches (North Beach, Dairy Beach, and Bay of Plenty, among others) well-protected by shark nets, while also hitting the breaks at Cave Rock, New Pier, and nearby /Anstey's Beach, which are all at international surf standards.
Note:If you insist on spending your recreational time at the Golden Mile, there are some quality eating choices along the beachfront. There is a variety of eateries at the Suncoast Casino, while the stellar Cafe Jiran has your breakfast fix prior to some beach strolling and Joe Cool's is the big player on the scene with its basic diner food and a late night menu that includes drinks and dancing. Just be aware that these restaurants are the type to be a bit more about the atmosphere (including ocean views) than mind-blowing food and service.