Botany Bay: the stunning beach once one of Thanet’s best kept secrets


The summer season is upon us, and with warm temperatures expected to remain this weekend, it’s the perfect time to hit the beach to soak up the rays. If you’re looking for a family-friendly sandy beach surrounded by stunning scenery with white cliffs and beautiful chalk stacks, Botany Bay is the place to go.

Hidden behind residential streets and located in Broadstairs facing the North Sea, the bay is often overlooked and less crowded than Joss Bay. On a sunny day the waters are clear and clean, ideal for exploring the smugglers caves around the beach.

When the tide is out, Botany Bay becomes the perfect place to take a dip in a rock pool with your little ones. There is a lifeguard on duty to keep the bay safe as some visitors enjoy surfing or kayaking in the area.

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And if you get bored of the beach, you can climb up to the cliffs and be rewarded with a beautiful view of the bay. You can spend a few hours wandering around and enjoying the sights – and nothing puts you in a better mood than a healthy dose of fresh air.

Botany Bay, Broadstairs, Kent, England

It is also one of 14 beaches in Kent and Sussex to have received the Blue Flag award, recognizing water quality, safety and cleanliness. If that doesn’t convince you how amazing the place is, not much else will.

If you’re looking for snacks, coffee or tea, there’s a kiosk on Botany Bay. And situated on the cliff of Kingsgate, the Botany Bay Hotel offers a wide range of delicious dishes from crispy fried calamari to roasted rump of barbecued seasoned lamb.

Botany Bay Hotel

Are pets allowed in high season?

Dogs are prohibited during the day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from May to September 30.

Can I park there?

If you can, it is recommended to get to Botany Bay using public transport, but if you prefer to drive there is a small parking lot and you can park in the nearby streets of Marine Drive.

Botany Bay in the midday sun

What do people on Tripadvisor think?

Botany Bay has been awarded four stars on Tripadvisor, with one visitor saying, “We walked through Botany Bay hiking a section of the Viking Coastal Trail between Margate and Broadstairs. As the tide was high during our walk, we had climbed up to the cliffs and had a great view of the bay with its sandy beach surrounded by chalk cliffs. The beach is accessible by a shallow staircase and has limited restrooms, there is also a public house with a restaurant nearby.

And another adding: “Lovely beach and the only facility is toilets and parking nearby which is absolutely fine for us. Soft sand and sheltered areas.

What’s so special about it?

It has been used as a filming location in a few productions such as BBC’s D-Day: The Last Heroes, BBC drama True Love, Tamil action drama Thaandavam and a few others. He has also been featured in music videos, including the Shawn Mendes song “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”.

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