Original article from Kent Live
Broadstairs is home to several stunning beaches but one in particular has taken the fancy of our readers.
Joss Bay is a wonderfully secluded delight and when we asked you to name your favourite beach in Kent many were quick to sing its praises.
Found slightly further along the coastline towards Kingsgate, Joss Bay probably isn't as well known as some of its Thanet neighbours.
However, a building recognition of the coastal spot was evident to see from our readers on Facebook.
But what's all the fuss about? Having never been there myself I was keen to find out.
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On Tuesday (June 8) I took my first ever trip down to Joss Bay. The timing, you might say, was perfect given the glorious 22C sunshine blanketing the county.
To me, nothing is better than a trip to the seaside. You can catch a tan, relax and pretend that you're on a luxurious beach abroad.
But as we know, not all beaches are made equal – the amenities, food and drink offerings, popularity and quality of the sand and water itself can make or break your day out.
However, in this case, all of my dreams came true.
Joss Bay was hands down the best beach that I had visited in my 23 years of living in Kent and I'm going to tell you why.
A secluded delight
As I took my first steps down the steep stairway that led to the bay I was full of excitement.
But admittedly the only thing I had expected of the beach was to spend a good 10 minutes getting sand out of my shoe on my way home.
I mean once you've seen one Kent beach you've seen them all, right? Wrong.
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As I stepped into the opening I was taken aback by the beauty that this private little cove presented.
The white chalk cliffs, surrounded the sandy 200-metre beach, shone brightly against the glaring sun.
As I took in the scenery laid out before my eyes, I couldn't help but feel safe and like a VIP.
With the way that the golden bay was secluded it really was like I had my own private cove to enjoy
The beauty of Joss Bay was that of some far away beach on a Greek island. Just stunning.
And despite the fact that it was a hot summer's day, less than half of the beach was dotted with people.
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It certainly wasn't overcrowded and I wondered whether the stretch of Broadstairs coastline was probably one of Kent's best kept secrets.
Because, surely, if more outsiders knew about this place then it would be packed like Margate Main Sands on a bank holiday weekend.
Crystal clear waters
Like any beach, there was an unfortunate amount of litter scattered around.
Passing the odd piece of plastic or paper cup, it wasn't the messiest beach I had ever visited but the lack of proper disposal of the rubbish did put a slight dampener on my day.
But it wasn't enough to ruin the overall quality of the shoreline.
I roamed around the bay until I came to the edge of the water and found a pleasant surprise.
The cleanliness of the water was astonishing. It was crystal clear and when I looked further ahead I saw people swimming in a beautifully blue sea.
The basic marker of any good beach is when the sea there is actually enticing to those looking for a cool dip, rather than a murky mess.
After a short stroll I decided to visit the little cafe at the entrance of Joss Bay.
Joss Cafe had a good choice of hot and cold drinks, ice creams, chocolate bars and hot food.
I decided to go with a cheeseburger, chips and a can of coke for a slightly steep price of £8.50.
The burger was tasty, the can of coke was refreshing and cold but the generous portion chips weren't much to rave about.
At least I was able to take seat on the cafe bench to enjoy my food without being harassed by seagulls.
Those pesky birds can be such a nuisance to many beachgoers, but in my case they were all calm and were actually just having a nap at the far end of the bay where no one had set up camp.
An exotic affair
The fresh sea air, marvellous views and stunning cliffs really made my visit to a local Kent beach feel like more of an exotic affair.
Joss Bay provided the perfect little break where you could enjoy a peaceful setting and let the sound of the waves wash away your troubles.
Although the beach needed a bit of a clean up and maybe the presence of an extra bin, it was, overall, a beautiful sight to behold.
My experience there made me envy the people who lived in those wonderful looking houses on top of the chalk cliffs.
And it goes without saying that I cannot wait until my next visit.