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.

  • Greatstone Beach

    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 of watersports…

  • Minster Leas Beach

    2. 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 of sand…

  • Kingsdown Beach

    3. 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 grassy scrubland…

  • Seasalter Beach

    4. 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 steep shingle…

  • Dover Harbour Beach

    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. Overlooking…

  • Hythe Beach

    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 tide is in.…

  • Sandwich Bay

    7. 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 private toll…

  • St Mildreds Bay

    8. St Mildreds Bay

    St Mildred's Bay is a small sandy beach adjacent to the seaside town of Westgate, within easy walking distance of Margate. The beach is backed by cliffs and a promenade and has a cafe/restaurant, beach chalets, deck chairs for hire and a tidal pool…

  • Westbrook Bay (Margate)

    9. 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 playing with…

  • Walpole Bay

    10. Walpole Bay

    Walpole Bay, in Margate, is a long, sandy beach with one of the last tidal pools ever to be built. Popular for a range of activites including swimming and sunbathing. Jet skis are available for hire.