Kent’s glorious beaches have recently been credited with an astonishing nine Blue Flag awards. Whether you're after traditional family entertainment, adrenaline watersports or somewhere to chill out, Kent's varied coastline has just the beach or resort for you.
1. Botany Bay, Broadstairs
Botany Bay, one of Broadstairs' quieter and more secluded sandy bays, can leave you feeling a millon miles from anywhere - absolute bliss when you want to laze around and recharge your batteries! Nearby Joss Bay is more rural than Botany and offers great surfing opportunities.
Choose to swim, stroll or sit and enjoy the stunning sunsets on this popular beach. Looking out to sea from Whitstable, the vista feeds the imagination and takes visitors back to another age. And fresh breezes and a taste of salt in the air whet the appetite for more of the town's magic.
Many agree that Deal is a special place and the prettiest seaside town in Kent. Henry VIII liked it so much he built three castles here. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the unspoilt promenade and the newly restored Pier. Walk a little further and tell the time maritime style at the Timeball Tower. Try the wonderful restaurants and pubs where you can enjoy free, locally caught fish.
4. Joss Bay, Broadstairs
A popular sandy bay approximately 200 meters long. The beach is home to Joss Bay Surf School, which provides professional and enthusiastic surf lessons for ages ranging from 8 all the way through to 80.
5. Main Sands, Margate
Sandy and approximately 200 meters long with promenade and boardwalks. Tidal bathing pool, donkey rides and children's rides. A very popular resort bay just a couple of minutes from Margate train station and the town.
The sandy beach is the jewel in the Dymchurch crown. Stretching for miles toward Dungeness to the west and Folkestone to the east it is washed completely by the tide twice daily to leave a magnificent gently sloping strip of sand almost a 1/4 mile wide at low tide. This expanse of sand is home to Donkey Rides, Kite Surfers, Sandcastle Builders and those who like to relax.
Folkestone has an incredible beach that stretches along the English Channel towards the west. It can be easily reached from the town centre by taking a short trip on a traditional lift or by hiking down a short footpath. Both France and Dungeness are visible on a clear day from the shore.
8. St Margaret’s Bay
St Margaret's Bay is a cove between Dover and Deal. It is made up of unusual large, black and gray stones, and boasts incredible rock pools when the tide is out. Walks along the cliffs give amazing views, with France on the horizon, and you'd be well advised to reward yourself after a long walk with a meal in the award winning Coastguard restaurant by the beach.
9. Tankerton Slopes, Herne Bay
Where the town of 'Tankerton' meets Whitstable is an area known as Tankerton Slopes. As the name suggests, the grass slopes down towards the beach and the path which leads right along the coast, to neighbouring towns. This is a great location for people walk dogs or ride their bikes. The slopes are where everyone gathers to watch the regatta's fireworks display, the community fun day is also held here, and it's right next to Whitstable's largest manor house, which is known variously as 'Whitstable Castle'.
Dungeness is one of the most bizarre places you can visit in Kent. Overlooked by the massive power station, the beach has a strange aura that only adds to its attraction. As with many beaches in Kent it's pebbly, but it's well worth a visit just to soak in the lonely atmosphere, even if you don't fancy a swim. Make sure you take your camera - Dungeness is packed full of potential arty shots.