The Beach Guide

Best beaches in Kent

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

The current most popular beach in Kent is Greatstone Beach. 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.

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    1. Greatstone Beach

    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…

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    2. Folkestone Outer Harbour beach

    As the name suggests, Outer Harbour beach nestles up to the south pier of Folkestone harbour. The beach itself is pleasantly sandy, however the backdrop is a little industrial, so it is not generally favoured. The beach also becomes…

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    3. Minster Leas Beach

    Minster Leas Beach is lovely tranquil place to come and relax and enjoy the views. A grassy area with park benches slopes down to a long, shingle beach where a number of groynes stretch out into the sea. When the tide is out, a good expanse…

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    4. Kingsdown Beach

    Located just up the coast from the White Cliffs of Dover, Kingsdown has a secluded shingle beach, with plenty of benches suitable for picnics. At low tide some areas of sand are exposed as well as a chalk shelf. The beach is backed by…

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    5. Dover Harbour Beach

    This pleasant patch of shingle beach sits within the shelter of Dover's harbour. Despite being set within a major port the beach has surprisingly clean water (Marine Conservation Society recommended) and an attractive seafront behind.…

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    6. Hythe Beach

    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…

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    7. Seasalter Beach

    The small town of Seasalter sits just across the mouth of the River Swale from the Isle of Sheppey. It is a fairly quiet, laid back town that spills right down to the long sand and shingle beach. Seasalter beach itself is made up of a…

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    8. Walpole Bay

    Walpole Bay, in Margate, is a long, sandy beach with one of the last tidal pools ever to be built. Along with a number of rockpools to explore this makes for a family friendly beach. It is worth checking the tide times before visiting…

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    9. Sandwich Bay

    This long, somewhat featureless, stretch of sandy beach is backed by three golf courses and a private estate. This makes actually getting to the beach a little more complicated than it look on the map. The most obvious route involves a…

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    10. Westbrook Bay (Margate)

    This pleasant, sandy beach sits on the north-eastern Kent coast, and is one of the quieter beaches to be found close to the town of Margate – there are no arcades here. Westbrook is a good beach to bring young children, who will enjoy…

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