East Wittering Beach

East Wittering Beach - West Sussex
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East Wittering beach is typical of many beaches along England’s south coast with its shelving shingle and wooden groynes. As the tide goes out expansive sand flats are revealed - the kind of sand that is perfect for building sand castles and ball games!

East Wittering is 2 miles from its more popular neighbour, West Wittering, and remains a good choice for those who prefer a quieter location.

The family-friendly beach is easy to access from Shore Road and Tamarisk Walk with multiple paths through the grass-covered dunes. Dogs are banned from the main beach in summer and there are no lifeguards. Most facilities can be found in the adjoining village including caf├ęs, shops and pubs.

Sailing is popular from the beach and there may be flat water or light bumpy waves depending on the tide and wind direction. It is also good for beginner surfers with a low beach gradient and lack of hazards such as rips and rocks.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from certain areas of the beach from the end of May until September

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  • Kite surfing
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby

Nearest town



PO20 8QR

OS grid ref.

SZ 7939 9685


There is a small car park on the beach.

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East Wittering Beach Reviews

Beautiful beach at low tide

David Andrew Smith
Jul 24th 2021

We had an amazing day on the beach at East Wittering on Wednesday 21st July 2021. The tide was low and the long shallow beach was sandy. Just perfect.

Away from the crowds

Jul 22nd 2021

As mentioned a handsome pebble beach at high tide which turns into a sandy beach at low tide. Very popular with surfers and paddle boarders. The village has a lovely surfer vibe with at least 3 surfer shops on the shore road.
Great charming eateries, pubs not so developed.
Highly recommended. Getting very popular since 2018, with crowded beaches July and August. Get your spot early ????, but it never gets over crowded like neighbouring W.Wittering.

Amazing beach

Grace Simpson
Jul 19th 2020

This beach is so good with constructive waves instead of destructive waves which is really nice for swimming and body boarding!

Jul 09th 2019

Though a stony beach it’s lovely for swimming and i enjoy visiting my sister in law and her husband. It has a nice friendly vibe with good shops and eateries.

Very flat/good for dogs on leads.

Jun 29th 2019

Have lived here many years ago,so quite nostalgic.
Always preferred places with interesting small villages.
Coves,small bays and rock formation,for me is a must.!
Overall twittering is nice for a change,but I would never holiday there.