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Kent's Blue Flag Beaches

Sophie Hewitt
16th May 2022

When it comes to beaches, the Blue Flag award is the internationally recognised ultimate stamp of approval when it comes to cleanliness, water quality and just overall splendidness - so we’re delighted to be flying so many flags high along Kent’s sweeping coastline!

Secluded spots, sandy bays and family-friendly beaches all make our shortlist, and there are even a few you might not know about yet (perfect for avoiding the summer crowds...). So plan your next coastal break right here - all you need to worry about is which beach to start with!


Stone Bay

Just next to vibrant Broadstairs town, this sandy shore offers a glorious escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. Sheltered sands edged by impressive white cliffs give Stone Bay the air of a secret bay, without having to stray too far away from the convenience of cafes, restaurants and shops in Broadstairs. Step onto Stone Bay

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With its pretty painted beach huts and sensational sunsets, you’d better be prepared for some Instagram-worthy moments at Tankerton, just around the bend from Whitstable. Visit at low tide to reveal an expanse of sandy beach, rockpools made for crabbing, and a natural causeway which stretches right out into the sea. Enjoy Instagram-worthy views

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Minnis Bay

An afternoon in the sun is calling at Minnis Bay, near Margate. While the sandy beach and outdoor play area make for a perfect day out for children, it’s also a favourite spot for water sports for the more adventurous. And because a day by the coast isn’t complete without an ice cream, the kiosk is just a short stroll away. Sea, sand and adventure

Minster Leas Beach

Sensational views are par for the course on this long sand and shingle beach. Resting on the Isle of Sheppey, Minster Leas Beach is perfect for year-round coasting, backing on to a wide grassy promenade for brisk autumn walks, and the town of Minster for a retreat to a café for an ice cream run in the height of summer! Meander in Minster

West Bay

Bring along your bucket and spade to West Bay in Thanet and while away a few hours enjoying the sand between your toes and the sound of the sea. If you fancy searching the shores for crustaceans, rock pools along the bay are great for seaside exploration. Once you’ve packed up the towels and sun cream, stay a while and enjoy sunset sights from the pub on the promenade. Sunset views at West Bay

St Mildred’s Bay

This pristine cliff-lined bay is perfect for a full day at the coast, especially if you're planning to explore little Westgate On Sea or nearby Margate once the sun sets. Dust off your tennis skills, try your hand at putting, and cool off with a dip in the deep blue, before drying off and taking a jaunt into the heart of Westgate for dinner. Be beside the seaside

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Sheerness Beach

A favourite on the Isle of Sheppey, this sweeping bay rests next to a wide grassy esplanade, perfect for picnicking after a summer swim. And, with its pretty pebble beach, you won’t need to worry about bringing half the beach back in your shoes! Swim at Sheerness

Margate Main Sands

A gentle sweep of sandy bay resting on the edge of everyone's favourite seaside town, it's no surprise Margate Main Sands makes our list. Relax on the beach, build sandcastles or spend your afternoon taking in the views from a quirky little coastal cafe. Sandcastles in the sun

Leysdown Beach

Leysdown Beach is located on the east side of the Isle of Sheppey. This North Kent Beach won the Blue Flag and Seaside award in 2021 for its clean water so you can be sure of clean safe swimming. The beach also offers a few small attractions nearby for food, drink and seaside fun.

Unfortunatly dogs are not allowed on the beach between the 1st of May and the 30th of September.

Westbrook Bay - Margate

Westbrook Bay is perfect for people who love their water sports. It is a great family beach with a sandy bay. The beach won the seaside award in 2021 too. Westbrook bay offers summer concessions, beach chalets and disabled toilets. Children will also enjoy exploring the rockpools here too.

If you're looking to explore the beautiful beaches in Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, Visit Thanet are here to help if you'd prefer to visit on a quieter day. A live map showing how busy they are using a traffic light system helps you plan your visit. View the map in fullscreen mode

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