Best beaches in Kent

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in Kent as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

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

  • 1. Botany Bay

    Botany Bay © Graham Ó Síodhacháin | BY-SA

    Botany Bay is the northernmost of seven bays in the popular Kent resort of Broadstairs. This sandy beach is deservedly popular with clean sands and a Blue Flag award for water quality. It was named after Botany Bay in Australia as local smugglers were caught on the beach and deported to Botany Bay, hence the…

  • 2. Dungeness Beach

    Dungeness © A Guy Taking Pictures | BY-SA

    This vast expanse of shingle on the edge of Romney Marsh has an almost surreal quality. The otherwise flat and bleak landscape is punctuated by two lighthouses and the hulking form of the Dungeness nuclear power station.

    There are many odd things about Dungeness, not least the environment. It is one of the most unique habitats…

  • 3. Greatstone Beach

    Greatstone Beach © Leonard Bentley | BY-SA

    Greatstone Beach 's two miles of sandy shoreline, dotted here and there by large rocks, has been a favorite of holidaymakers for generations. The long stretch of flat, soft sand and safe swimming waters, as well as the increased popularity of watersports at this beach, make it easy to see why Greatstone is such a…

  • 4. Minnis Bay

    Minnis Bay © Pam Fray | BY-SA

    Minnis Bay is a long family-friendly stretch of beach in the village of Birchington-on-Sea in an area known as the Isle of Thanet. It is east of the Thames Estuary, facing the North Sea midway between Herne Bay and Margate. 

    The Blue Flag beach has opportunities for watersports activities include sailing, windsurfing, paddling, kayaking and beach…

  • 5. Joss Bay

    Joss Bay © Chris Whippet | BY-SA

    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…

  • 6. Whitstable Beach

    Whitstable Beach © Pam Fray | BY-SA

    Whitstable's West Beach is a long stretch of shingle divided up by wooden groynes. It runs from just south of the town's harbour to neighbouring Seasalter, a distance of around a mile.

    Despite the lack of sand Whitstable is still a fantastic spot. It represents the best of the traditional British seaside; not piers and donkey…

  • 7. Dymchurch Beach

    Dymchurch © Richard Gillin

    The flat, mainly sandy beach at Dymchurch stretches for approximately 3 miles along the Kent coast. The beach is backed by the new, improved sea wall. Built in 2011 at a cost of £60 million, is wide enough to allow pedestrians to walk all along the beach between Hythe Military Rifle Range, to St Mary’s…

  • 8. Littlestone Beach

    Littlestone © Ian Yarham | BY-SA

    The wide beach at Littlestone is largely shingle above the shoreline with wooden groynes disappearing into the sea. However, when the tide goes out a vast expanse of rippled sand is revealed. To the back of the beach are a number of coloured beach huts beyond which is a large grassy area. Littlestone beach makes…

  • 9. Hythe Beach

    Hythe © E Gammie | BY-SA

    Hythe Beach is located on the south-eastern coast, approximately midway between Folkestone and Dymchurch. The unspoiled, mainly pebble beach slopes quite steeply into the sea and the water can become deep surprisingly quickly when the tide is in. The beach at Hythe is backed by a promenade, approximately two miles in length, which is used…

  • 10. Viking Bay (Broadstairs)

    Viking Bay © Colin Babb | BY-SA

    Viking Bay is the most popular beach in the archetypal British seaside town of Broadstairs. The crescent of sand is one of Broadstairs main draws although competition is pretty stiff from other nearby beaches such as the ever popular Joss Bay.

    The beach at Viking Bay has all the features you would expect from…

  • 11. Tankerton Beach

    Tankerton Beach © Cj Isherwood | BY-SA

    Tankerton is an old-fashioned shingle beach with wooden groynes and pretty multi-coloured beach huts. The beach is backed by a promenade and gentle grassy slopes that are perfect for children to play on.

    At low tide it is possible to walk right out to sea on a natural causeway known as 'The Street'. At this state…

  • 12. St Margaret's Bay

    St Margaret's Bay © Henry & Jane Rios | BY-SA

    The sheltered, shingle beach at St Margaret's Bay has a spectacular backdrop of white chalk cliffs. Driving down to the beach car park is not for the fainthearted; a steep, narrow road with some blind corners leads down to the pay-and-display car park. The beach here is made up mostly of steeply sloping shingle which…