Our guide to the best beaches in Kent

Along with its rolling countryside and historic sites, beaches in Kent are one of the county’s most popular features.

Away from the white cliffs of Dover, Kent is home to an abundance of striking and beautiful beaches. Whether you love the soft golden sands or prefer shingle and gravel, there’s a beach close to our holiday parks that’s just right for you!

Here we look at five of our favourites nearby…

Botany Bay

Botany Bay

Named after local smugglers who were caught on this beach and deported to Botany Bay in Australia, it is the northernmost of seven bays in the resort of Broadstairs.
It boasts blue flag status due to its clean water and sands and is rightly a popular choice with locals and holidaymakers alike.

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Minnis Bay

Minnis Bay

This family-friendly blue flag beach is a great spot for watersports, including sailing, windsurfing, paddling and kayaking. Located in the village of Birchington-on-Sea the beach is almost flat and bordered by sand dunes. At low tide, a large expanse of sand is exposed and is ideal for walking, ball games and sunbathing.

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Joss Bay

Joss Bay

Renowned as one of the most popular beaches on the Thanet coast, Joss Bay is a sandy beach sheltered by steep chalk cliffs. Nearby there’s a beach cafe, toilets, plenty of car parking and deck-chair hire. Joss Bay is Kent’s best known surfing beach and is home to the longest established surf school on this coast. As well as surf lessons there is surf hire and an associated shop in nearby Broadstairs.

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Viking Bay

Viking Bay

The most popular beach in Broadstairs, it’s a big draw for visitors to the town. The beach has all the features you would expect from a classic seaside resort; there are changing huts, a promenade and even a pier of sorts. To the northern end of the beach is a small harbour which is home to a little fleet of fishing boats. Overlooking the harbour is Bleak House where Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield.

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Hythe Beach

Hythe Beach

If you don’t mind a little trek in the car then Hythe Beach is well worth the effort. Located on the south-eastern coast, approximately midway between Folkestone and Dymchurch, this unspoiled, mainly pebble beach is backed by a promenade. There are a number of outlets and stands selling ice-creams, food and beverages here and plenty of benches along the promenade.

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