The Beach Guide

Joss Bay

Joss Bay - Kent

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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.

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

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Deck chair hire

    Nearest town



    CT10 3PG

    OS grid ref.

    TR 3992 7017

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    Joss Bay Reviews

    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.

    What did we get wrong?