Original article from Kent Live
When it comes to visiting the seaside, a few factors go into making it the perfect beach day.
For many it's the weather, while some could want a family-friendly beach with lots of activities, or a quiet stretch fit for a dog walk could be ideal for others.
It might not be something typically associated with a trip on the coast, but here in Kent one of our beaches has another unique pull that could make it perfect for some.
Tankerton Beach has been named one of the UK's best beaches for finding love.
According to dating app happn, the Whitstable beach is one of the places where singles have the greatest chance of meeting a potential partner.
The app uses a geolocation tool to show its users their potential matches and 'Crushes' they've crossed paths with, and used the geolocation data to find the UK's top beaches for singles to find one another.
Tankerton Beach came out in eighth place, with the picture-perfect shingle beach acting as one of the best settings to meet someone.
It's no surprise the shingle beach has such a good success rate for people looking to find the one, with the scenic views serving as the perfect romantic setting.
A less-crowded option compared to the likes of Margate, Tankerton Beach is ideal to get away and relax in a serene setting.
At low tide, you can take a walk known as 'The Street' and head right out to sea.
Meanwhile there's the Marine Parade promenade, where you can pass colourful wooden beach huts, a scene you wouldn't be surprised to see on a postcard.
With green spaces and the Tankerton Slopes, there's also space for a picnic – ideal to return with your new match for that stereotypical picnic date of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.
Marine Ravinet, Head of Trends at happn, said: "The beach is the perfect place to relax and cool down, so why not keep an eye out for potential romance while you’re there too?
"Our latest app data shows Crushes are being made all across the UK as singles enjoy some sea and sand this summer.
"After months of restrictions, it’s time to take a chance and look for love wherever you go… even at the beach!
"Who knows, your perfect partner could be enjoying an ice cream on the beach towel next to you!"
We always knew there were plenty of reasons to want to visit the Kent coast but you never know, your next beach visit could end up becoming your story of how you met the one.
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