Best Beaches in East Sussex UK

Top 10 Best Beaches and Resorts in East Sussex

From the popular seaside destination of Brighton with its amusement pier and long shingle beach to the myriad of castles, there’s much to see and enjoy in East Sussex.

The seaside towns comes alive every summer with the more than 28 beaches found throughout the county being major attractions. Here are the top 10 best beaches and resorts in East Sussex (random order).

Camber Sands

Kid sitting in beach chair
Camber Sands Beach

A spectacular, largely unspoilt beach located in East Sussex, Camber Sands carries that one unusual element for Sussex beaches… Sand! Most beaches along the Sussex coast are clothed in pebbles and shingle held in place by groynes, but Camber Sands is bathed in fine, golden sand and shingle. Stretches approximately 5 miles east of the village Camber with a large tidal range, with low tide exposing even more golden sand. Great for sandcastle builders! Wind and kite surfing, beach combing, and even donkey riding are popular activities.

  • Dogs: Allowed. Time/zone restrictions.
  • Activities: Swimming/bathing, Kite/Wind surfing, Donkey rides
  • Facilities: Cafe/restaurant, Lost child centre, Disabled facilities, Shop, First aid point, Toilets
Hotels in Camber Sands

Broomhill Sands Beach


Located just east of Camber Sands, this very long stretch of beach is one of East Sussex’s best offerings. Broomhill is ideal for beach goers who prefer a less crowded experience. Low tide unveils a very flat and sandy expanse which is ideal for sand-buggies and other activities. A favourite kitesurfing destination, rookies can get lessons and hire equipment from the Kitesurf Centre.

  • Dogs: Allowed. Time/zone restrictions.
  • Activities: Surfing, Boating, Pony/horse rides, Kites
  • Facilities: Shops, Cafe/restaurant, Toilets, Promenade

Royal Parade Beach (Eastbourne)

Beach in Eastbourn East Sussex England
Royal Parade Beach (Eastbourne)

Popular with both residents and visitors, this easily accessed stretch of beach sitting pretty close to Eastbourne’s main stretch carries an abundance of facilities for your comfort and convenience. Its wide promenade is a hit with skaters, cyclists and runners. Kitesurfing and windsurfing are also popular activities, and there’s a local sailing club right on the beach. There’s ample parking and places to grab some refreshments.

  • Dogs: Allowed. Must be kept under control.
  • Activities: Kite/Wind surfing, Boating, Pony/horse rides, Swimming/bathing, Fishing
  • Facilities: Cafe/restaurant, First aid point, Shower, Shop, Disabled facilities, Slipway, Promenade, Toilets
  • Accommodation Eastbourne

    Birling Gap Beach

    Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs near Eastbourne
    Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs

    A memorable experience guaranteed! Synonyms and thoughts related to scenic and tranquil floods the mind as one tries to absorb the beautiful scenery. Set below the backdrop of the Seven Sisters cliffs and nestled on the National Trust protected seashore between Brighton and Eastbourne is the scenic enclosed pebble beach, Birling Gap. Be sure to climb the tower staircase and enjoy wonderful views of the cliffs from both the top and the bottom. Recharged and refuel at the nice, clean shop and café managed by the National Trust and visit the museum/gallery.

  • Dogs: Allowed. Time restrictions.
  • Activities: Kite/Wind surfing, Kayaking/canoeing, Rock pooling, Surfing
  • Facilities: Cafe/restaurant, Toilets, Parking.

  • Cooden Beach

    Cooden Beach Hotel in Bexhill England
    Cooden Beach Hotel

    An easily accessible stretch of coast with the train station almost on the beach, this shingle beach is a hit with kite surfers and windsurfers as well as jet skiers. Tide fall exposes sandy flats, making it ideal for paddling and building sandcastles. Free parking is available on the beach front.

  • Dogs: Allowed. Dog bins provided.
  • Activities: Kite/Wind surfing, Jet-skiing, Swimming/bathing
  • Facilities: Disabled facilities, First aid point, Toilets
  • Hotels Cooden Beach

    Eastbourne Beach

    Eastbourn seafront and beach
    Eastbourn seafront and beach

    Stretching from the Pier to Wish Tower, this largely pebbles beach with its 1,000ft long pier offers visitors a treat to a good seaside experience. The seafront also plays host to the Floral Carpet Gardens, a fine bandstand and beach shops next to the pier. This is Eastbourne’s main resort beach and comes with a slew of goodies: clean water for bathing, lifeguards and kids wristbands, deckchairs and sun loungers.

  • Dogs: Allowed. Time restrictions.
  • Activities: Skating, Biking, Windsurfing, Powerboating
  • Facilities: Shop, Safe Bathing Zone, Toilets, Bathing cabins, Beach Huts
  • Accommodation Eastbourne

    Brighton Palace Pier Beach

    Brighton beach chairs and pier in background
    Brighton beach

    Also called Central Beach, this stretch of shingle and sand sits right at the centre of Brighton, one of East Sussex’s and indeed the country’s finest and most famous seaside resorts. Besides swimming and surfing there’s a lot on offer for visitors to enjoy on a day out in Brighton: shops, arcades, the pier, funfairs, a sea life centre.

  • Dogs: Restricted.
  • Activities: Swimming/bathing, Surfing
  • Facilities: Cafe/restaurant, Shop, Pier, Toilets
  • Accommodation in Brighton

    Seaford Bay

    Sand castle on a beach in England
    Seaford Bay

    A four mile stretch pebble beach with the chalk cliffs of Seaford Head Nature Reserve forming the backdrop. Seaford Bay stretches between Newhaven Harbour and Seaford Head and is ideal for activities such as diving, kayaking, fishing, and watching the ferries make its journey to and from Dieppe. Be cautious of falling rocks when sitting under the cliffs and take care when swimming.

  • Dogs: Allowed.
  • Activities: Swimming/bathing, Diving & snorkelling, Kayaking, Fishing, Ferries watching
  • Facilities: Kiosks, Cafe, First aid post, Toilets

  • Hastings Beach

    town of Hastings East Sussex in England
    Hastings town and beach in East Sussex

    A summer hot spot for tourists, this the predominantly shingle beach has the advantage of being located pretty close to the town’s most popular facilities and attractions. A two-layered promenade and magnificent whitewashed Edwardian hotels forms an impressive backdrop. Low tide reveals a good expanse of sand, great for building sand castles and enjoying some beach games. Other fun activities including playing crazy golf, visiting the Blue Reef Aquarium, and gambling in the arcades.

  • Dogs: Allowed. Zone restrictions.
  • Activities: Swimming/bathing
  • Facilities: Cafe/restaurant, Lost child centre, First aid point, Shop, Deck chair hire, Promenade, Pier, Toilets
  • Hotels in Hastings

    Bexhill Beach

    Bexhill-on-Sea sunset
    Bexhill-on-Sea sunset

    A family-friendly, traditional south coast seaside resort with a long stretch of promenade for pleasure walking. Bexhill is quieter than neighbouring Hastings and Eastbourne. Hire a beach hut or a deck chair and relax on the beach, engage in some crazy golf on the seafront, or go on a rock pool exploration when the tide is out.

  • Dogs: Allowed. Time/zone restrictions.
  • Activities: Swimming/bathing, Kayaking/canoeing, Jet-skiing, Wind surfing, Sailing, Crazy golf/putting
  • Facilities: Cafe/restaurant, Lost child centre, Disabled facilities, Shop, Deck chair/Beach hut hire, Promenade, Toilets
  • Hotels in Bexhill