Beaches & Bays

Explore 26 miles of glorious coastline

The Isle of Thanet has some 26 miles of coastline with many coves and safe, sandy beaches. From May to September the main beaches are cleaned regularly and water quality monitored. During the season, dog bans are observed on the most popular beaches, and lifeguards are on duty. Many of the bays offer a wide range of supporting facilities.

The columns below provides details of all the bays and the facilities they offer, plus links to photographs, maps, coastal walks and other information - or use the links below to go straight to the beach of your choice.

Minnis Bay  BLUE FLAG AWARD
A sandy bay which is close to countryside scenery with lifeguards, first aid hut, parking facilities, toilets, chalets for hire, public house and sailing club. This is a windsurfing area and has a bay inspector.
Dog ban from May - Sept. 

West Bay
A sandy family beach with lifeguards, cafe, toilets, bay inspector and chalets for hire. On-street parking is available. 

St Mildred's Bay
Lifeguard, cafe, toilets, chalets for hire, parking, tennis and putting nearby, bay inspector. 

Westbrook Bay
Cafe, lifeguards, on-street parking, toilets, chalets for hire, beach equipment for hire, designated ski area, close to children's play area, bowls, tennis, bay inspector, first aid hut.

Margate Main Sands  SEASIDE RESORT AWARD
A popular family beach with cafe, lifeguards, pedalos. Children's rides, beach equipment for hire, donkey rides, bay inspector, first aid hut, toilets. Close to amusements, shops and theme park.
Dog ban in force May-Sept. 

Walpole Bay
Beach equipment for hire, cafe, toilets, lifeguards, parking, jet ski for hire. Upper prom games centre, putting, tennis. Land train pick up point. Dog ban in force May-Sept. 

Botany Bay
Quiet sandy family bay with cafe, toilets and lifeguards.

Kingsgate Bay
Peaceful sandy bay with chalets for hire with showers and toilets.

Joss Bay  SEASIDE RESORT AWARD
A popular family beach with surf ski/belly boards for hire, beach equipment hire, lifeguards, cafe, toilets, and car park with picnic area. Close to the famous North Foreland Lighthouse. 

Stone Bay
Family bay with cafe, chalets to hire and toilets.

Viking Bay
(In my opinion, the most picturesque beach, with a terrific selection of restaurants, tea houses and drinking establishments around)
Broadstairs' main beach - very popular for all the family with children's rides, cafe, toilets, lifeguards, beach equipment hire, surf ski/belly boards for hire, Pay & Display parking, bay inspector, first aid hut, donkey rides. Shops & amenities near by. Dog ban May - Sept.

Louisa Bay
Sandy bay with chalets for hire, cafe, and beach equipment for hire.

Dumpton Gap
Cafe, toilets, chalets for hire. Quite secluded and popular with residents and visitors. 

Ramsgate Sands  SEASIDE RESORT AWARD
A sandy family bay, with children's play area, chalets for hire, toilets, bay inspector and donkey rides. Dog ban from May - Sept. Close to town centre and harbour.

Pegwell Bay
The Pegwell Bay Nature Reserve and picnic site comprises 70 acres of coastal grassland with extensive views over the River Stour estuary, Pegwell Bay and the chalk cliffs of Thanet. It's an area of particular interest for the bird watching public. Many native and migratory birds, flowers, butterflies and mammals are to be seen. There is a bird hide with access for visitors with disabilities. 

The replica Viking Ship 'Hugin' can be viewed at the cliff top, situated by a separate picnic area, and a little closer to Ramsgate along the A256.

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