The Street, a 750-metre-long stretch of shingle that pokes out from Whitstable's pretty Tankerton beach at low tide.
A faded prom and an old-school funfair give Littlehampton a ramshackle air that’s stopped it becoming too hip.
This long and lovely Blue Flag sandy beach on the north Kent coast is a firm family favourite, offering lots of free parking.
Nestled close to Southend-on-Sea is Leigh-on-Sea, its older, quainter cousin. If you like your beaches flanked by cobbled streets.
Eastbourne’s long zig-zagged shingle beach at Grand Parade is an understandable draw, but just on the edge of town.
Between Margate and Ramsgate, this strip of coastline is as understated as it is hidden, with no funfairs or slot machines.