The Beach Guide

Best beaches in East Sussex

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in East Sussex as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in East Sussex is Eastbourne. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in East Sussex just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • Eastbourne Beach © Jthomas | BY-SA

    1. Eastbourne Beach

    Eastbourne's main resort beach runs from the Pier to Wish Tower, half a mile to the south. Backing the beach is the promenade, lined with grand Victorian hotels leaving little doubt of Eastbourne's seaside heritage. There are plenty of…

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  • Pevensey Bay © Simon Carey | BY-SA

    2. Pevensey Bay

    This rural, shingle beach about 5 miles north-east of Eastbourne is known to be the place where William the Conqueror landed in 1066 before the Battle of Hastings. During the 12th century, the former harbour was a busy commercial port,…

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  • Western Parade Beach (Eastbourne) © Val Vannet | BY-SA

    3. Western Parade Beach (Eastbourne)

    Western Parade is one of the many popular beaches in the Eastbourne area. The beach here is mainly shingle, intersected by wooden groynes with some patches of sand exposed at low tide, when rockpools containing plenty of interesting marine…

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  • Bexhill Beach © Sharon Webster | BY-SA

    4. Bexhill Beach

    The traditional south coast seaside resort of Bexhill is maybe not in its prime these days but it is still a good spot for a family day at the beach. Those of you familiar with the beaches of Sussex will not be surprised to read the beach…

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  • Seaford Head Beach © Oast House Archive | BY-SA

    5. Seaford Head Beach

    The little cove under Seaford head is divided from the main beach by a large groyne and a jetty. Backed by the sheer chalk cliffs of Seaford Head Nature Reserve there is a small strip of shingle here. Care should be taken when sitting…

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  • St. Leonards Beach © Oast House Archive | BY-SA

    6. St. Leonards Beach

    Popular shingle beach just to the west of Hastings. The beach is backed by a promenade and there are plenty of facilities nearby.

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  • Winchelsea Beach © Ian Capper | BY-SA

    7. Winchelsea Beach

    Winchelsea Beach is a small, rural resort, much quieter than many of the more developed resorts along this stretch of the south coast. It was first developed as a resort in the early 20th century. The gently sloping beach is made up of…

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  • Broomhill Sands Beach © Stefan Czapski | BY-SA

    8. Broomhill Sands Beach

    Just east of Camber Sands is the lesser known Broomhill. Whilst it may not be nestled amongst the sand dunes in quite the way as its neighbour Broomhill is still one of the best beaches around. There aren't much in the way of facilities…

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  • Hastings Beach © Oast House Archive | BY-SA

    9. Hastings Beach

    Hastings' main beach backs right onto the seafront of this established seaside resort town so you are never far away from the town's facilities and attractions. Backed by grand whitewashed Edwardian hotels and a two-layered promenade Hastings…

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  • Saltdean Beach © Simon Carey | BY-SA

    10. Saltdean Beach

    The shingle beach at Saltdean has been created underneath the white chalk cliffs facing the sea by a collection of rock groynes which line the beach. The movement of the currents collects the shingle from the longshore drift, resulting…

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