Best beaches in Kent

KENT is widely regarded as the garden of England due to its abundance of open fields, orchards and hop gardens.

But the coast of the county is lined with incredible beaches from Whitstable and Herne Bay to Margate and Broadstairs.

Broadstairs train station is just a short walk away from the beach (Credit: Flickr/ Diamond Geezer)

We have managed to whittle the list of best beaches in Kent down to just three finalists.

Broadstairs beach

Broadstairs is a picturesque seaside resort on the coast of Kent.

There is lots to do there – but the beach is by far the biggest attraction on offer.

Incredibly, there are seven sand-filled beaches in Broadstairs. 

The town’s main beach is called Viking Bay and it is a short walk from the train station. 

But prepare yourself for the journey back up the hill as it is a steep incline.

Viking Bay is horseshoe-shaped and it even has changing huts and a promenade. 

Towards the north end of the beach, there is a small harbour where you will see a fleet of fishing boats moored up. 

Charles Dickens even enjoyed a trip or two to Viking Bay – and he can’t be wrong, surely? 

But between 1st May to 30th September, dogs will not be allowed on the beach so you might have to leave your four-legged friend at home.

If Viking Bay doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can take a trip to Botany Bay. 

It offers epic views of white cliffs and chalk stalks and when the tide is out you can find lots of fossils.

There’s also a restaurant and a cafe on the beach. 

Alternatively, Joss Bay could be the one for you. This hidden gem offers a surf school for people of all ages and abilities.

In short, Broadstairs is worth visiting again and again.

As well as visiting the beaches, there are plenty of events that take place in the area to keep you entertained.

In June there is Broadstairs Dicken Festival, in August there is Broadstairs Folk Week and visitors in Autumn can see the Broadstairs Food Festival.

Herne Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in Kent (Credit: Flickr/ Alan Glicksman)

Herne Bay

Herne Bay beach on the north coast of Kent has everything you need for a fun-filled day at the seaside.

If you don’t fancy soaking up the sunshine, you can spend your time in the amusement arcades or on the iconic Herne Bay pier.

Herne Bay might not have golden sand and crystal clear water – but don’t let that put you off.

This Kent hotspot has a shingle beach and the seafront stretches for around two miles.

The train station is located in the centre of the town – which is around a ten minute walk to the beach.

There are public toilets available for visitors to use and plenty of parking available on the seafront.

Everything you can need is nearby and there are several fish and chips shops if you fancy a bite to eat.

Sunset Fish Bar is a great choice – and there’s a large outdoor seating area so you can enjoy the views while you eat.

Prices are reasonable with freshly caught cod and chips costing £15.

As well as that, the seafront is lined with amusement arcades which are great to keep the kids amused.

The beach can get busy during the summer months but there’s plenty of space to ensure you have some privacy.

If you fancy spending the night in the area, check out Bellevue By The Bay – which has incredible sea views.

The Pier is one of the biggest attractions in Herne Bay and it’s not hard to see why.

It has a wide range of food stalls if you don’t fancy the traditional offering of fish and chips at the seaside.

From Thai food, burgers and kebabs to a traditional stone baked pizza.

At the end of the Pier there are lots of games to play and it is a great spot for crabbing.

Whitstable beach is one of the most popular beaches in Kent (Credit: Flickr/ Ewan Munro)

Whitstable beach

Up there with the best of the bunch is Whitstable beach.

The seafront is lined with colourful beach huts and the shingle beach stretches for as far as you can see.

If you decide to take a stroll along the Whitstable coast, you will come across The Old Neptune pub.

Known by the locals as the Neppy, it is located right on the beach and regularly has live music.

As well as that, there is a huge dog-friendly garden where you can enjoy a drink with the views of the beach.

Should you travel down there in the colder months, there will be a roaring open fire inside to keep you warm.

There are lots of pay-and-display car parks nearby or the train station is a ten minute walk from the seafront.

If you wanted to stay the night in Whitstable, you could book a night in the pet-friendly Fisherman’s Huts which are just metres from the beach.

In Whitstable town centre there are an abundance of shops, cafes and restaurants.

There is a train station in Whitstable – which is about a ten minute walk from the seafront.

And for the dog lovers out there, you will be pleased to know that Whitstable beach is dog-friendly all year round.

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