The most northerly of all of the seven bays of Broadstairs and closest to Margate, Botany Bay is a favourite of locals looking for a little more solitude in the height of the summer months.
Despite its fairly remote location, Botany Bay still boasts a kiosk, which serves hot and cold drinks, including Lavazza coffee and Botany Bay lager, as well as an impressive range of ice creams from a traditionally whipped soft-mix to a salted caramel flavour and a selection of refreshing sorbets.
Beach favourites such as hot dogs and chips are also on offer, and the café generally opens at Easter and runs through to September, occasionally weather dependent.
Deckchairs and parasols are also available to hire as you take in the views with comfort – although the beautifully soft sand is perfect just to pitch up a towel, too.
For sea-bathers, the idyllic waters were awarded an international Blue Flag status in 2022 and in previous years, making Botany Bay one of Kent’s best blue flag beaches and one of the county’s best swimming spots.
The award celebrates excellent water quality, alongside recognising well-maintained beaches with an environmental education programme.
Eager swimmers should note that the English sea is can be rather chilly, even in the summer months! Perfectly warm enough for a leisurely swim, but usually around 17-20 degrees Celsius. The beach is life-guarded during peak months.
Back on dry sands, the scenery is spectacular and the bay is one of Kent’s most picturesque coastlines - a great spot for photography, particularly during sunset hours.