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
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs are permitted on the beach.
- Good fishing
- Kite surfing
- Wind surfing
- Town centre nearby
- Pub nearby
- Beach hut hire
OS grid ref.
TR 1027 6642
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Whitstable Beach Reviews
Sewerage in sea
Whitstable residentAug 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.
SallyMay 26th 2021
I went to Whitstable Beach, it was amazing. I enjoyed my ice cream along the beach until the seagull ate it. :(
Sewage in the sea and dirty beach
BettyFeb 10th 2023
Absolutely filthy dirty! The locals say southern water regularly discharges in at least 3 locations, I wouldn’t go near it let alone eat anything from it.
Broken glass and old barbques on the beach, shame this town has gone down hill since all the well heeled Londoners have made it their home. Only visit if you’re called Lucy or Penelope or Giles and only if you want an upset stomach.
Pebbles .... Pebbles
Chris.Aug 20th 2021
Nice clean water. Not a good beach to go to all stones no sand