Joss Bay

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  • Joss Bay is a popular sandy beach sheltered by steep chalk cliffs and backing on to the North Foreland golf course. Stretching for around 200 metres this is a great family beach with all the facilities close at hand. There is a beach cafe, toilets, plenty of car parking and deck-chair hire if you really want to go for the full English seaside experience! Along with Viking Bay beach in Broadstairs, Joss Bay is one of the most popular beaches on the Thanet coast.

    Joss Bay is Kent’s best known surfing beach and is home to the longest established surf school on this coast. As well as surf lessons there is surf hire and an associated shop in nearby Broadstairs.

    The beach is reputedly named after an eighteenth-century smuggler, Joss Snelling. He was notorious for importing a variety of contraband to the various beaches of the Isle of Thanet in the late 1800s. Snelling managed to make a mockery of the customs men and lived to the ripe old age of 96 whilst many of his contemporaries went to the gallows or were deported.

    Loacted approximately halfway between Broadstairs and Margate, Joss Bay is a good starting-point for coastal walks and cycle rides.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs banned from 1st May to 30th Sept from 10am to 6pm.

    Kent dog friendly beaches »


    • Kayaking/canoeing
    • Swimming/bathing
    • Surfing


    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Toilets
    • Disabled facilities
    • First aid point
    • Lost child centre
    • Shop
    • Deck chair hire

    Nearest town



    CT10 3PG

    OS grid ref.

    TR 3992 7017


    Parking available. disabled parking - charges apply

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Joss Bay Reviews

    Jun 27th 2020

    Lovely beach, but for horrible visitors dropping litter everywhere, despite there being large bins available in the car park above. What’s with people who can manage to carry stuff to the beach but can’t carry it back.

    May 27th 2020

    Great beach. Family friendly with a cafe, toilet and a shower to clean off with at the end of the day.


    Aug 22nd 2022

    I thought this beach would be gorgeous but was disappointed. It looks great at first and the sand is lovely but the sea is so full of seaweed it wraps around your legs which isn’t a very nice feeling. It just doesn’t feel clean and there are some sharp rocks poking out of the sand that my son cut his foot on. Obviously rocks are just part and parcel but when the area you can swim in is unbelievably small and cramped I was unhappy that it happened. This was when the tide was still coming in. The seagulls are very hungry and stole chips, an ice-cream cone and some chicken off a plate from almost everyone around us…we managed to keep our food to ourselves but only because we were being so careful that we didn’t enjoy any of it! The toilets were a disgrace…filthy and smelly to the point that I couldn’t even use them and waited until I got home. The good things were the trampolines & bouncy castle, the cafe and the very fun waves that we did enjoy bobbing and crashing about in once the tide came in. Oh, and we parked in the field behind the car park for free.

    Beautiful Joss Bay

    Aug 27th 2019

    Love this place. Clean beach, perfect for kids. Not too much distraction for them, cafe, loo, shop. Stunning cliffs & nice rock pools to explore at low tide. Pesky seagulls can be a nuisance, but otherwise a lovely beach.

    Great beach for the dog!

    Visitor from West Sussex
    Oct 10th 2023

    My husband and I took our labrador here on a Monday in October 2023(when it was 22 degrees C!) and we loved it!  There must have only been about 10 people on the beach and a few dogs.  Our pooch had the time of her life on the gorgeous stretch of sand and the blue sky and warm breeze just finished it all off nicely.  No facilities were open but we didn’t expect that.  It was delightful.  Thank you, Joss Bay.