HEATWAVE: The best Blue Flag beaches to visit in Kent


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The county is crammed with quality coastline

With the weather set to be a scorcher this week, there are few better destinations than Kent’s beaches.

And the county is home to some of the best in the country, with an impressive eight Blue Flag beaches.

According to a spokesman: “The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. It works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.”

The best of Kent’s beaches:

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Botany Bay Beach, Broadstairs

Botany Bay is the most northerly of the 7 Broadstairs bays in Kent. This is an old fashioned sandy beach almost 200m long with chalk cliffs and stacks, rock pools and gentle swimming conditions. This part of the Kent coast boasts the longest stretch

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Ramsgate Main Sands Beach, Ramsgate

Resorts popular main sandy beach approximately 250 meters long with promenade. The resort beach is situated right next to the glorious Royal Harbour and Marina.

Westgate Bay Beach, Margate

Sandy bay with rocky areas and cliffs. Good family beach for sandcastles and lots of small rock pools to explore

Joss Bay Beach, Broadstairs

Joss Bay is the Home of Kent Surfing and one of the most popular south east England surf spots. Joss Bay beach in Kent is a 200m sandy beach sheltered by large white chalk cliffs below the North Foreland Lighthouse. The beach is popular with familes

St Mildreds Bay Beach, Margate

St. Mildreds Bay beach is a sandy bay with promenade, cliffs and tidal pool.

Minnis Bay Beach, Margate

Long, rural sandy bay with rocky and shingle areas, promenade and paddling pool. Popular for watersports: sailing club, windurfing and kitesurfing.

Stone Bay Beach, Broadstairs

Quiet, sandy bay approximately 200 meters long, with chalk cliffs, rock pools and promenade.

Tankerton Beach, Whitstable

Tankerton Beach is also known as Tankerton Slopes due to grass slopes backing onto the shingle and sand beach. The beach has some pretty wooden beach huts. At low tide you get a stretch of pebbles known as ‘The Street’ which leads out to sea.

Are these Kent’s best beaches? Do you think any have been left out? Comment below, or tweet us your pictures and suggestions at @KOSmedia.

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