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 spot. It represents the best of the traditional British seaside; not piers and donkey rides, but quirkiness and charm. There are beach huts, weatherboard cottages, fishing boats pulled up on the beach and the Neptune pub sits practically on the beach. There are a few other places to grab a bite to eat along the beach too, including the Whitstable Oyster Company restaurant if you fancy something a little upmarket.

Whitstable beach is popular for windsurfing and sailing, with the Whitstable Yacht Club located at the northern end.

To top this all off Whitstable beach faces west meaning it is a great place to catch a sunset. 

 Please note: A large part of Whitstable beach is privately owned by the Whitstable Oyster Fishery company and although the public use the beach access is by permission of the oyster company to allow us to restrict access for our commercial activities. Any queries should be directed to the Oyster Company.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


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Dogs allowed

Dogs are permitted on the beach.

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  • Sailing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

TR 1027 6642


Parking available.

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Whitstable Beach Reviews

Sewerage in sea

Whitstable resident
Aug 23rd 2021

Whitstable is suffering from warnings regarding sewerage let out by Southern Water very regularly recently, which leads to the sea not being safe to swim in. Unfortunately visitors can be unaware of this.

Pebbles .... Pebbles

Aug 20th 2021

Nice clean water. Not a good beach to go to all stones no sand

May 26th 2021

I went to Whitstable Beach, it was amazing. I enjoyed my ice cream along the beach until the seagull ate it. :(

What did we get wrong?