Kent's quiet and quirky beaches

If you’ve wandered the shores of Kent’s Blue Flag beaches and skipped through its vibrant seaside towns, you may think you’ve checked off all of Kent’s best bays...but with 350 miles of coastline to explore, there’s SO much more to see!

Our round up of Kent's quirky coastal gems should help you plan that seaside day out with a difference, whether you want to chase down some culture, or fancy donning your binoculars and taking a peak at some of the fascinating wildlife that calls our coastline home.

Dungeness Beach

Welcome to England's ONLY desert, and you won’t find wider skies than these on the Southeast coast. So remember to bring your camera! Stroll along the board walk and enjoy the peace and quiet of the nature reserve, with more than 600 species to be found. Of course, if you want to get back to the hustle and bustle, or you just fancy a pint, the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway rests right on the beach with its very own tap room, so you can enjoy ales by the rails while watching the miniature steam trains roll in. Deserts, ales and miniature railways

St Margaret’s Bay

Believe it or not, it was in the peaceful village of St Margaret’s that Britain’s most renowned fictional spy came to be. Today you can follow in the footsteps of Bond author Ian Fleming, who rented a house on these quiet shores, and stroll across the bay, backed by spectacular cliffs and country views. Discover your own adventures (though maybe don’t be quite as adventurous as 007) with a further tour of James Bond filming locations, or just sit and enjoy panoramic views, and maybe a martini at The Coastguard pub. Peace, quiet and a license to thrill

Sandgate

Just a mile around the coast from vibrant Folkestone, peace and quiet awaits at Sandgate. Relax on the shingle beach (perfect for those who hate shaking sand out of their shoes) or take a dip in the deep blue for an afternoon of relaxation. For the ultimate escape, why not check into Pebbles, Mulberry Cottages’ beach-side lodge for a beach break with a difference. Romance on the coast

Samphire Hoe

As a man-made park at the foot of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, Samphire Hoe certainly earns itself a place on our list. Created from the construction of the Channel Tunnel, this 30-hectare nature reserve is home to a long list of flora and fauna species, so make sure you pack your walking shoes and binoculars for a trek through this tranquil setting. Man-made wonders

Sandwich and Pegwell Bay Nature Reserve

Tucked just around the corner from the bustling town of Ramsgate, this hidden gem is a must-visit for twitchers! The reserve is internationally renowned for waders and wildfowl and, with peak season during the winter and autumn migration months, coastal jaunts needn't be limited to summer! Birds of a feather

 

Reculver

A Roman fort, a 12th century church and a whole host of wildlife can be found at this Green Flag country park, so is it any wonder it’s made the list? Spend an afternoon strolling the shoreline, right in the shadow of those iconic 12th century towers, and take a visit to the award-winning visitor centre for the ins and outs on the geology and ecology of this fascinating stretch of the coastline. In the tracks of the Romans

The Beach at Bluewater

Did you think you had to be coast-bound to take a trip to the beach? Think again! Break up a day of hunting down your summer staples with rides, sand and water at Bluewater, perfect for catching a breather from the sales and getting into the summer holiday spirit! Sun and sand at Bluewater