The Beach Guide

Best beaches in Hampshire

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Hampshire as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Hampshire is Eastney. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Hampshire just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

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    1. Eastney Beach

    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…

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    2. Stokes Bay

    A shingle beach with great views of the Isle of Wight, near the village of Alverstock. There is a large grassy area adjacent to the beach, with a place for barbecues.

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    3. Lee-on-Solent Beach

    Whatever time of year; whatever time of day, there's always something going on in the Solent and Lee-on-Solent Beach is a great place to come to watch the goings on in this wonderful stretch of water between the south coast and the Isle…

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    4. Old Portsmouth Beach

    A shingle beach stretches all the way along the southern end of Portsea Island from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. Old Portsmouth Beach is located in the mouth of Portsmouth harbour, close to the historic old town. Good for fishing and swimming.…

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    5. Southsea Beach

    Southsea, which got its name from the 16th century Southsea Castle, became a fashionable destination for bathing and other seaside leisure activities in the early 19th century. Today, it remains a vibrant, traditional resort town with…

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    6. Hill Head Beach

    Set across the Solent from the Isle of Wight is a lengthy stretch of shingle beach backed by a tarmac walkway. Like much of this stretch of coast the beach is divided up by wooden groynes. These offer some protection from the erosive forces…

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    7. Beachlands - Hayling Island

    Hayling Island has eight kilometers of pebble beach, of which the most popular section is West Beach, at the western end of the seafront. Sheltered by the West Winner sand bar, this a good choice for swimmers. All facilities, including…

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    8. West Hayling (Island) Beach

    The Hayling Island seafront is primarily shingle, with sand at low tide. Windsurfing was invented here and West Hayling is the island's designated windsurfing area as well as being home to the popular West Beach, which is sheltered by…

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    9. Southsea West Beach

    Southsea lies to the east of Portsmouth Harbour, and offers visitors a choice of beaches and many other leisure activities. This stretch of sloping shingle between Southsea Castle and Lighthouse, and South Parade Pier, is a popular beach.…

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    10. Calshot Beach

    Calshot beach forms part of a mile long shingle spit which reaches out into the mouth of Southampton Water. From here you get a great view of the ships coming and going from one of the UK's largest ports. The beach also offers panoramic…

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