The Beach Guide

Scarborough Beach (South Bay)

Scarborough is one of the UK’s top seaside resorts and it’s easy to see why.  Whatever your age, whatever your idea of what makes a good day out at the seaside, you’re going to find what you’re looking for in this vibrant Yorkshire town.

Scarborough offers visitors two large, sandy bays, divided by a rocky promontory on which tower the majestic ruins of 11th century Scarborough Castle. Children will love what’s on offer here, whether it’s building sandcastles, playing in the amusement arcades or splashing about in the waves.

South Bay is the livelier of the two beaches, being backed by cafes, ice-cream parlours, shops, theatres and all the entertainments and delights that you’d expect from a traditional seaside resort. Donkey rides are available on the beach. A fine Victorian promenade runs along South Bay, and links this side of the town to North Bay, on the other side of the promontory. The beach is popular with families and sometimes has good surfing conditions.

At one end of the bay, the harbour provides mooring for fishing vessels as well as the usual yachts and pleasure boats.  Boat trips run from here around the bay or further down the coast.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 1st to September 30th

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  • Amusement arcade
  • Donkey rides
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town



YO11 1NT

OS grid ref.

TA 0454 8842

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