Brighton is a great seaside city with plenty to do within its limits, but for those after a really gorgeous sandy beach, Brighton isn’t the place to be. The beach is lovely, sure, but it is a shingle beach, not a sandy one. It’s all pebbles! Great for those who don’t like sand (after all, it’s coarse, rough, and it gets everywhere!) but for sunbathing or a gentle stroll down into the sea – sand is arguably better. So where are the best sandy beaches near Brighton?
1. Camber Sands
How to get there from Brighton: Drive 1hr 30 or train from Brighton to Hastings, 2 buses to Pontins, short walk
Whilst it is a bit of a pain to get to if you don’t drive, Camber Sands is a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach just outside of Rye. It has scenic windswept sand dunes. Most of the year, it is a dog friendly beach, and there is a lifeguard service meaning that you’re more than welcome to explore the sea whilst you’re visiting, too!
2. Birling Gap
Where? At the end of the Seven Sisters
How to get there from Brighton: Drive 42 minutes or get the 12 Coaster bus from Brighton Station and ride for 1 hour 32 minutes
Birling Gap isn’t completely sand, it is a mix of sand and shingle. But it is absolutely stunning, sat at the base of the Seven Sisters. It is only a short journey away from Brighton, and will be much less busy during the summer months, too! If you’re looking for a nice, relaxing kind of sandy beach near Brighton, Birling Gap is a great place to visit.
3. Rottingdean Beach
Where? Rottingdean Village
How to get there from Brighton: Drive for 13 minutes or get the 12 Coaster, 27 or 14 bus for 25 minutes
Rottingdean is a small village just along from Brighton and Hove. It has a great beach with pebbles and flat sand areas that at low tide also have incredible rock pools. The village itself is gorgeous and perfect for a quiet break away from Brighton for the day! Plus, Rottingdean Beach allows you to walk through Saltdean beach via an undercliff walk. Although check that this is open in advance, as it was closed for large parts of 2021.
4. West Wittering Beach
Where? West Wittering
Hot to get there from Brighton: Drive for 1hr 30 or Train to Chichester and then bus to the seafront
The West Wittering beach is a perfect uninterrupted stretch of sand that is only a short journey West of Brighton. It has a great stretch of both sand and sea, and is perfect for all sorts of watersports. There’s a lifeguard and plenty to do nearby, so you can make a real day of it!
5. Climping Beach
Where? Between Littlehampton and Bognor Regis
How to get there from Brighton: Drive for approximately an hour or train from Hove to Littlehampton and then get a 700 Coastliner to The Oystercatcher
At high tide, Climping beach is a shingle beach, but as the tide goes out, there is a long stretch of sand revealed. You can enjoy both the shingle and the sand as well as a relatively quiet stretch of seafront that will be much less chaotic than anywhere along the Brighton seafront come the summer.
So now you know the best sandy beaches near Brighton. Plus, if you can’t get out of town, there is nothing wrong with a shingle beach. Just make sure you have the right sea shoes and picnic blanket or beach towel. Have fun enjoying everything that the Sussex coastline has to offer! For more things to do, check out our guide for fun things to do in Brighton for couples.