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Blue Flag Beaches 2016

With around 300 miles of beautiful coastline, it's no wonder that the South East is home to many of the best beaches in the UK. If you're after somewhere for a safe, clean and enjoyable day out by the seaside, then our list of Blue Flag award winning beaches is perfect for you and your holiday.

Blue Flag BeachesWhether you're looking for golden sandy beaches, an evening stroll to watch the sun set or something more adventurous like water sports and activities, the South East has it covered. Combined with some of the best weather in the UK, why go abroad when there are world class coastal destinations on your doorstep?

Blue flags are awarded to beaches with high water quality and excellent facilities, safety and environmental education. The seaside award is designed to recognise different uses of the UK's coastline. It ensures visitors are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed coastal stretch.

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Best Beaches in Kent

Thanet has the most Blue Flag beaches in the UK, boasting seven of Kent's eleven. Share your experiences and see some great images on twitter by using the #loveourbeaches hashtag.

Kent's Blue Flag Beaches

Seaside awards

Best Beaches on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight did not apply for Blue Flag status in 2016 or 2015, but below is a list of beaches that won awards in 2014.

Blue Flag Beaches on the Isle of Wight

Seaside awards

  • Sandown
  • Ventnor
  • Yaverland
  • Cowes
  • East Cowes
  • Springvale
  • Seagrove
  • Gurnard
  • Ryde East
  • St Helens
  • Totland
  • Shanklin
  • Colwell

Best Beaches in Sussex

Blue Flag Beaches in Sussex

  • Brighton Central
  • Hove Lawns
  • Marina St Leonards
  • West Wittering Beach

Seaside awards

  • Bognor Regis East
  • Marina, St Leonards on Sea
  • Pelham
  • Saltdean

Blue Flag Beaches in Hampshire

Best Beaches in Dorset

Dorset's Blue Flag Beaches

  • Alum Chine
  • Branksome Chine
  • Canford Cliffs
  • Durley Chine
  • Fishermans Walk
  • Sandbanks
  • Shore Road
  • Southbourne
  • Swanage Central
  • Weymouth Central

Seaside awards

  • Avon Beach
  • Bournemouth Pier
  • Boscombe Pier
  • Friars Cliff Beach
  • Highcliffe Beach
  • Swanage Central
  • Weymouth Central

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