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Top 10 South Coast Beaches
With over 500 miles of coastline, the UK’s southern coast is rich in diversity and beauty.
It’s no surprise it draws countless visitors from home and abroad, keen to sunbathe or head out on a coastal hike.
With so much choice, it can get a bit daunting, so we've put together a list of the ten best beaches (or at least our favourites) across the south of England.
Broadsands Beach, Devon
Just down the road from our Waterside Holiday Park, is Broadsands Beach. It’s a big tourist attraction and it’s easy to see why. This sandy beach is great for a traditional family day out with a pitch and putt, cafes, and a nice green spot for a bit of sport or a BBQ. If you enjoy a good walk, there’s easy access to the South West Coastal Path too.
Dawlish Warren Beach, Devon
This is one of Devon’s finest beaches and it’s been awarded a Blue Flag award too. Not only will the kids love it, but surfers also head to the area to indulge with some of the best waves in the county.
At a massive 1.5 miles long, the beach has all the facilities you’ll need for a day at the beach. During the summer there’s also free open air events, such as fireworks, to make your visit extra special.
Camber Sands, East Sussex
Camber Sands is a well-known destination and for good reason. Not far from our Rye Harbour Holiday Park, the beach has a lot going for it. There's gorgeous views for a day spent on the sand, but there’s also plenty to keep you occupied if the sunbathing and scenery isn’t really your thing.
There’s a kitesurfing centre there if you want to give something new a go, while people even head down for kite landboarding and kite buggying too. Plus, if you come at the right time of year, you’ll be faced with a sea of rockabillies down for the annual Rockabilly Rave.
Clacton Beach, Essex
Clacton-on-Sea is another classic seaside resort, so it’s no surprise that its beach is top quality, and one of the most famous UK beaches. There’s also Clacton Pier which has rides and amusements, with a rich mix of cafes and all the essential facilities nearby.
Clacton itself is worth a visit with its fascinating aquarium and charming streets. There’s a couple of annual events to look out for as well. There’s a whole week of entertainment commencing on the second Saturday of August and then there’s the Clacton Airshow which takes place just before the August Bank Holiday.
Margate Beach, Kent
A popular spot for holidaying Victorians way back when, Margate has seen a deserved revival as of late.
It’s beaches have consistently been awarded Blue Flag awards, while the nearby arcades, the Dreamland amusement park, and the Turner Centre all make this town worth the trip, especially if you’re staying at our Seaview Holiday Park in nearby Whitstable.
West Wittering, West Sussex
This West Sussex beach is definitely worth a trip at some point in your life. Like all of the beaches on this list, it’s great for kicking back and relaxing during sunny weather, while the beautiful views of Chichester Harbour give it that little something extra.
It’s also next to the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. That’s an opportunity to explore that you shouldn't turn down, with some extremely scenic walks and wonderful wildlife to enjoy, along with the chance to watch the many sail boats, yachts and schooners floating by.
South of Claremont Pier Beach, Suffolk
This beach on the Suffolk coast, also known as Victoria Beach, is a wonderful one to visit. The beach is sandy and fine, while there are some excellent cafes and restaurants nearby for when you get peckish.
Along with the beach being fully equipped with the essentials, there’s also tennis courts and bowls lawns close by, for those who prefer to get active rather than sunbathe.
Only a half hour drive from our Solent Breezes Holiday Park, we fully recommend Beachlands at Hayling Island. Not only does it have a wonderful beach to relax on, there’s also the fairground and amusement arcades for those who crave seaside thrills.
Moor Sand, Devon
This is one for the more adventurous holiday-goers. There is no road to get you here and no facilities either.
The closest you can get by car is Prawle Point: just over an hour’s drive from our Riviera Bay Holiday Park. From there you’ll have to walk and then take a steep path down onto the beach itself.
A rare beach that's perfectly tranquil, peaceful and quiet; if you're looking to escape the crowds and the noise, Moor Sand is just the ticket.
Worbarrow Bay, Dorset
This idyllic beach in Dorset is perfect for those who want to go somewhere that's quiet and unique. It’s not open all year round as access is cut off by the military’s Lulworth Ranges. When they’re closed, you can take the walk from Tyneham and set up for the day. There aren’t any facilities here, but who needs them with such magnificent sea views?
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