Palm Bay

Palm Bay - Kent
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Palm Bay is a pleasant sandy beach not too far away from Margate’s town centre, between Walpole and Botany Bay. Despite its appeal, Palm Bay never seems to get as busy as the better known neighbouring beaches.

This is probably the best dog friendly beach in the area so expect to have a few pooches for company.

The eastern end of Palm Bay is also known as Forness Bay and is the home to Margate’s water skiing club. The beach is also a popular launch spot for jet skis.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round

Kent dog friendly beaches »


  • Jet-skiing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Water skiing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Promenade

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

TR 3735 7143


parking available near the bathing pool

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Palm Bay Reviews

Pooch paradise

May 02nd 2021

After trying a couple of other dog friendly bays (Kingsgate - no parking unless you pat the pub £10 and Dumpton Bay - no beach at high tide) we were ready for more disappointment but thought we’d try once more and came here and found a quiet stretch of lovely sand where our two dogs could romp about with no fear of disturbing other beach users (did see one poor lad have his sandcastle weed on by another dog - so relieved it wasn’t ours!)


Aug 11th 2022

Dogs are allowed
You can bath in the see on high tide

No Lifeguard (contrary what description says THERE IS NO LIFEGUARD)
No public toilets
If you come when there is low tide the bottom is all rock so not friendly for walking or bathing in the sea
You can bath on high tide as the water covers part of sandy beach but you will swim in seaweeds.

We go there because of dogs being allowed but otherwise not so special.