Resorts & BeachesFrom shingle beaches to long stretches of golden sands, there are plenty of beach resorts and hidden gems to choose from in Sussex.
Beaches to Explore
Camber Sands to Rye
The vast sandy beaches and dunes at Camber Sands are perfect for sand castle building, exploring and a great place to try out kite surfing with a local school on hand to give lessons, plus nearby Winchelsea is great for watersports too. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve includes protected shingle beaches and marshland, teaming with wildlife.
Hastings to Pevensey
Along the coast Hastings includes child friendly beaches marked with sea creature landmarks and excellent wheelchair access using floating buggies which travel across shingle and into the water. With great fishing attractions and the Blue Reef Aquarium there is plenty to see and do, including great views from East Hill Cliff Railway.
Nearby Bexhill and Pevensey are both popular for windsurfers and offer unspoilt beaches, tea rooms, cafes and ice cream parlours. Norman's Bay is great for camping and includes great wheelchair access.
Eastbourne to Exceat
Eastbourne is a fine example of a Victorian seaside resort with Pier, Bandstand, three tier promenade and even a Dotto Train. With child friendly beaches, Fort Fun aquasplash park, miniature railway, watersports, secluded cliffside walks and hidden Italian Gardens at the foot of Beachy Head there are plenty of ways to explore and end your day by chilling out at Sovereign Harbour amongst the bustling restaurants and shops.
Seaford to Newhaven
Great for windsurfing, both Seaford and Newhaven beaches are popular with watersports enthusiasts. Seaford includes the spectacular Seaford Head cliffs and and Newhaven has ferry crossings to Dieppe in France for day trips. Visit Newhaven Fort for a fascinating exhibition and fun activities for kids or head to Paradise Park for dinosaurs, heritage garden trail and adventure play.
Brighton & Hove
Brighton's fun packed beaches are full of children's rides, cafes and attractions. Visit Brighton Pier for funfair rides, enjoy the view from the Brighton Wheel, go kayaking, play beach volleyball, visit the Sea Life Centre and then soak up the atmosphere with Brighton's great nightlife.
Shoreham to Worthing
Worthings 5 mile long beaches include an historic pier and palm tree lined promenade, and smaller beaches at Lancing, Southwick and Kingston offer a peaceful place to relax. Shoreham Beach includes vegetated shingle and rare habitats including the Yellow Horned Poppy and Sea Kale.
Bognor Regis to Littlehampton
Bognor Regis is also home to Butlins, the largest holiday centre in the South of England, located close to the award winning resort beach. Visit the Flex on the Beach Fitness Trail which offers a fun exercise route running 5km along the seafront, with the option to detour into Bognor Regis Museum and Hotham Park, a popular picnic spot.
Finally at Littlehampton, visit the UK's longest bench, this colourful seafront landmark has won two prestigious awards and weaves its way along the promenade, next to the Blue Flag Beach. The resort also features the bustling Harbour Park, and a range of watersports. Take a walk across the Ferry Bridge across to West Beach complete with sand dunes, rare plants and wildlife.