Eastney is a long, fairly wide, pebble beach at the eastern end of an approximately 3.5 km (2 mile)continuous stretch of coast between Southsea Castle and Fort Cumberland. The southern suburbs of Portsmouth are close by, so locals find this a convenient place to swim and cool down on hot, sunny days. To the west, the beach merges with Southsea Beach.
Eastney beach is an important plant habitat, with more than 100 different species which have adapted to growing in sand and shingle and tolerating large amounts of saltwater. The beach is popular for swimming and many water sports, with zoning for windsurfing. Part of the beach is also used by naturists.
Parking, including disabled spaces, can be found along Eastney Esplanade, which runs for most of the length of the beach and offers visitors direct access to the shore. Public toilets can be found at the eastern end of the esplanade. Further along there is a café which overlooks the beach. The Royal Marines museum can also be found along the esplanade.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
There are also dog bins though dogs are banned from May to September.
- Good fishing
- Wind surfing
- Disabled facilities
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SZ 6746 9878
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Eastney Beach Reviews
Friendly and accessible
AntonyJun 02nd 2021
Friendly nude beach with very easy access; 5 minutes flat walk from the car park. Quite picturesque as long as you keep looking out to sea! Pebbles so suitable footwear/surf shoes for swimming a must.
Quite a few dog walkers and clothed passers-by but nobody ever seems bothered by the nudity.
John VincentNov 13th 2020
This beach has been used by naturists for many decades and is great if you are in Pompey as it’s a walk/short bus ride away.
The old anti tank defence blocks act as a series of windbreaks and on a busy day, each has someone getting their all over tan next to one. It’s pebbles, so some sort of cushion under the towel makes things a bit more comfortable, or bring a deckchair. With the tide out, there is a lot of room and swimming is safe with the beach not shelving too deeply.
Generally a mixed crowd but the further east you go, the more you will find it just the guys. There used to be a sign warning dog walkers that it was for naturists but that has long gone. But the textiles that do venture don’t seem too bothered (although it’s inevitable that there are the occasional gawkers, which sometimes include lads on jet skis coming in close to get an eyeful).
RayFeb 18th 2020
The best and most interesting beach anywhere in the UK!