Kent’s stunning Blue Flag beach nestled between two vibrant seaside towns

This stunning slice of golden sands sits between Margate and Broadstairs
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Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Kent to make the most of our stunning beaches. With such an expansive coastline, determining which spots by the sea are actually the best is no small challenge, but there are undeniably some that shine above the rest.

This certainly includes those that have received the prestigious Blue Flag Award, and now the 2024 winners have been announced. A total of six Kent beaches have been named among the nation’s best after netting the coveted accolade, having been recognised amongst the cleanest and safest for visitors.

The likes of Tankerton, Minnis Bay and Sheerness are among this year's winners, after meeting the strict series of environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria needed to qualify. Two different beaches from Broadstairs also made the cut, these being Botany Bay and Joss Bay.

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The beach has crystal clear waters, perfect to visit during the summer
The beach has crystal clear waters, perfect to visit during the summer -Credit:KentLive

While Botany Bay is a little more off the beaten path, having recently been named one of the UK’s best hidden. Joss Bay on the other hand is ideally located between Broadstairs and Margate and has proven a hit with surfers and sunbathers alike.

A 200m stretch of golden sands, whether you want a day of seaside adventures or just a lounge in the sun by the sea, this beach offers it all. Set in the backdrop of steep chalk cliffs and the iconic North Foreland lighthouse, the beach comes with a kiddies corner during the peak season, as well as a café, rock pooling and a beach shop.

If you're lucky enough to be down at the secluded beach on a hot day, you'd be mistaken for thinking you're in the Caribbean such is the beauty of this bay. It’s easy to see why it has previously been named among the county’s very best beaches.

As is the case with much of our coastline during the warmer months, soaring temperatures can see large numbers of crowds from London and beyond descending on our beaches. However, with the nearest train station (Broadstairs) over 1.5 miles away to visit Joss Bay you'll need to be a local who walks or a visitor who drives.

Joss Bay is regarded as one of Kent's best beaches
Joss Bay is regarded as one of Kent's best beaches -Credit:Getty Images/Kenn Sharp

Locals will tell you it can get very busy at both Botany Bay and Joss Bay in the summer months with roads often very busy with visitors searching for a place to park. The beauty of Joss Bay is that there is a car park on site, with overspill parking available on the field next door.

For all the positives, Joss Bay does lack the same nearby amenities that neighbouring Viking Bay and Margate Main Sand have. The aforementioned beaches have a plethora of food and drink options just a stone's throw away.

While the Captain Digby pub and Botany Bay Hotel are both within walking distance, Joss Bay does lack the same variety in eating options that both Broadstairs and Margate have in abundance. Some would perhaps argue that is what makes Joss Bay so special.

Joss Bay is a world away from the bustle of Margate and Broadstairs
Joss Bay is a world away from the bustle of Margate and Broadstairs -Credit:KentLive

Past visitors seem to definitely think so, with the beach holding a TripAdvisor rating of 4.5 stars out of five. Alongside their five star rating, one reviewer writes: “This is one of our favorite beaches with the kids.

“There's a large expanse of sand, and easy parking above. Limited facilities but nonetheless a perfect spot near to Broadstairs for a family day out.”

Another added: “Honestly a lovely beach. So sandy with a lovely sea. A few bars which are near by to the beach. You are able to rent equipment or even buy to use at the beach which was also great. Would definitely recommend coming here for small get away.”

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