Original article from Kent Live
Nestled in the corner of Broadstairs lies Kent's best hidden beach.
Kingsgate Bay is a sandy cove found in Thanet, but many people still don't know about it.
The beautiful bay offers a tranquil and secluded environment, which can be accessed via a set of steep steps.
Sand is still exposed at high tide, however the beach, adjacent to Joss Bay and Botany Bay, is often cut off at both ends by the sea.
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Kingsgate Bay was ranked tenth in the 'top 10 secret beaches in the UK', according to International car comparison site EnjoyTravel.com, and was the only Kent beach on the shortlist.
The bay was actually renamed after King Charles I was forced to land at the site due to a strong storm.
As beautiful and as accessible as the site is, there are some warnings in place.
Visitors are advised not to walk through the fragile Kingsgate Arch as the cliffs are susceptible to chalk falling.
The scenic views and the secluded feel also makes the bay very popular with production crews looking to shoot footage.
Large crews are not allowed to use Kingsgate Bay before 7am due to the potential disturbance of nearby residents.
Dog owners will also be pleased to know that the beach is dog-friendly all year round, but you might find some difficulty when it comes to parking.
The best parking is available at the Captain Digby pub, but this is charged at a daily rate of £10 per vehicle. Visitors are urged to check availability in advance with Thorley Taverns.
The pub itself, which can be found overlooking the bay, is family-friendly and has a café and restaurant too.
Kingsgate Bay may be nestled away and a mere mystery to many, but there's plenty of TripAdvisor reviewers that have already fallen in love with the site.
Out of the 106 reviews on the page, 69 of them rated Kingsgate Bay as 'excellent' while another 29 reviewers indicated their experience was 'very good'.
A number of the reviews picked up on how clean the beach was, while others suggested it was the perfect spot to take stunning pictures.
One reviewer said: "Absolutely stunning, you know that feeling when you are just carried away to Thailand or somewhere like a proper exotic holiday, that’s how I felt arriving at Kingsgate bay."
Another added: "What a stunning beach! We carried on driving from Margate and found this.
"The sea arch and views are beautiful! Could have spent hours here sunning away the day.
"Very clean and tidy!"
The main theme which emerged among the more negative reviews, despite these being a clear minority, were complaining about the lack of general parking available to the public.
As previously mentioned, parking is available at the Captain Digby pub, although this comes at a charge of £10 per vehicle.
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