The mythically named Kent beach complete with convenient cafe and scenic walk

Mermaid Beach, Folkestone
-Credit: (Image: Kirsty Hogben)

With temperatures reaching their peak in this hot spell, beaches are set to attract thousands of visitors. And Kent has some stunning spots to suit every seaside-seeker.

From the magnificent horseshoe-shaped bay, also known as Viking Bay in Broadstairs, to the pretty seaside town of Whitstable and its West Beach, the county has nothing to envy its neighbours. Named the best place to live in south east England, it’s no wonder Folkestone is home to some of the most beautiful beaches.

This includes Mermaid Beach. While visitors are unlikely to see real mermaids swimming in the wild, it is definitely a great place to go for a swim, sunbathe or enjoy a picnic.

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The pebble beach is located opposite the Lower Leas Coastal Park, making it the perfect location for a day out. It is only a short walk from the Folkestone Harbour Arm, offering a wide range of places to eat and drink.

The beach is easy to access from the town centre using the unique Zig Zag Path. Walkers will be able to enjoy a scenic walk down to the Lower Leas.

It's a walk away from the town centre
It's a walk away from the town centre -Credit:Geograph

However, for dog owners, there are dog restrictions in place between May 1 to September 30. Rated 4.5 out of five on Tripadvisor, one visitor said: “Lovely sheltered corner, shingle, gently sloping. Rocks and stuff to climb. Coastal Park is just behind with a large kids play area and of course the brilliant Mermaid cafe, coffees, ice cream, sandwiches and snacks. toilets in the Coastal park too.”

Open most days except on Tuesday, Mermaid cafe is overlooking the beach, offering stunning views. One of the latest reviews on Tripadvisor reads: “Stopped by for a coffee break on a cold but sunny day and it was very nice. I probably would not come back for coffee but on a sunny warm day I would return for a refreshing drink.”

While you are in the area, you can make your way to the Old High Street, to enjoy some delicious food. This includes Morena Restaurant which has a five star rating on Google, with one person saying: “Lovely experience at Morena! Spot on with a pleasant welcome. Visited on the special two for one steak night and it was lovely to watch it being prepped and cooked in the kitchen.

“Everything was fresh including the delicious mocktail. The wine was served at the perfect temperature. Very impressed and will be making a return visit soon.”

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