Kent Beaches

Kent Beaches

Planning a trip to the Kent Coast? Use our coastal holiday guide to discover beautiful Kent beaches.

Find your favourite Kent Beaches

Explore 350 miles of coastline with popular seaside destinations, ideal for days out, coastal walks and water sports. Kent seaside towns, such as Broadstairs, Margate and Whitstable, offer a charming blend of picturesque coastal scenery and vibrant local culture. Stop off at a beach for the day or walk or cycle the Viking Coastal Trail.

The Kent coastline has lots to offer. All along the coast there are lovely sandy beaches, places stop for a picnic, have a swim and enjoy the natural coastal landcapes and wildlife. Choose from traditional seaside towns, historical Rye to Sandy Camber Sands and the unique landscape of Dungeness beach.

The Kent section of the England Coast Path stretches all the way from Camber Sands in the south to Ramsgate in the north. It is 66 miles long in total and a wonderful way to enjoy the coast. 

Kent Beach Days

Relax on the sandy Blue Flag beaches of Botany Bay, Margate Main Sands, St Mildred’s Bay, and Sunny Sands in Folkestone. Visit quieter beaches like Seasalter or Reculver for a tranquil beach experience away from crowds. Explore rock pools and dramatic chalk stacks at beaches like Botany Bay when the tide is out.

The Delights of The Kent Coast

Kent’s coastline is renowned for the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, striking chalk cliff formations that are a symbol of England. The county also features unique landscapes like the shingle beach at Dungeness and the coastal wetlands of Pegwell Bay, popular for birdwatching.

The Kent coast offers a fantastic array of natural landscapes, historic sites, cultural attractions, outdoor pursuits, and culinary delights for an enjoyable coastal holiday experience.

Food and Drink

Indulge in fresh seafood like oysters in Whitstable or at Michelin-starred restaurants like The Sportsman in Seasalter.  Enjoy local produce at farmers markets, food festivals like the Whitstable Oyster Festival, or seaside fish & chip shops.

Outdoor Activities

Go kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or try other watersports along the coast.

Play a round at one of Kent’s acclaimed coastal golf courses like Royal St George’s or Walmer & Kingsdown. – Explore the wetlands and nature reserves of the Isle of Sheppey for birdwatching.

What’s On

Coastal events in Kent for your diary

Annual events taking place for 2024.

  • Food Festivals
  • Sailing
  • Sporting Events

Common Questions

Kent boasts a number of beaches and bays where various water activities are permitted, including fishing, jet skiing, sailing, speed boating, and water skiing. Each beach offers unique facilities and designated areas for specific water sports. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, it’s essential to follow the Coastal Codes and respect any local regulations. Margate and Ramsgate have have launching facilities at the harbour, and there are designated area for launching boats at the following beaches;

Hike or cycle portions of the Saxon Shore Way or Kent Downs Way trails, passing through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nature reserves, vineyards, and historic sites. Go for a stroll along the beach promenades of seaside towns like Whitstable, Margate, Broadstairs, and Folkestone.

Walk the Kent section of the England Coast Path, the 6-mile-long Contra Trail. or Isle of Thanet Trail (32 miles) or the Viking coastal path.

Take a scenic walk along the White Cliffs of Dover or explore the trails around Samphire Hoe nature reserve.

Dover Castle, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle are just a few of the local historical sites.

Play a round of golf with a sea view

For a game of golf on the coast head to Kent.

Play Golf on the Kent Coast

Play a round of golf with a sea view.

Top Kent Beaches

If you’re looking for a seaside getaway, the Kent coast offers an impressive selection of places to stay, ranging from charming bed and breakfasts to luxurious coastal hotels. Sandy beaches, traditional seaside towns and family attractions. Walk the coastal path or find family friendly Blue Flag beaches. There are beaches in Kent which are safe for swimming as well as dog friendly beaches for long walks with our four legged friends.

Explore other areas near Kent

Explore the miles of UK coastline with popular seaside destinations, coastal walks and water sports. Find more beaches in the southeast coast of England, covering the counties of East Sussex, West Sussex, Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Hayling Island. Stop off at a beach for the day or walk or cycle the coastal trails.

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