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 Dungeness. 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. Dungeness Beach

    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…

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    2. 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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    3. Botany Bay

    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…

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    4. Minnis Bay

    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…

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    5. Joss Bay

    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…

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    6. Whitstable Beach

    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…

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    7. Dymchurch Beach

    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…

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    8. Littlestone Beach

    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…

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    9. 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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    10. Viking Bay (Broadstairs)

    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…

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