Joss Bay Beach

Joss Bay beach in Broadstairs, Kent is a 200m sandy beach sheltered by large white chalk cliffs below the North Foreland Lighthouse and is just one of the Seven Broadstairs Bays, Joss Bay is known as the home of Kent surfing and one of the most popular South East England surf spots.

The beach is popular with families and not just surfers and due to being close to Broadstairs can get crowded. The flat rocks at the end of the beach can provide hours of exploration for the kids.

The bay was named after an 18th-century smuggler called Joss Snelling and is one of the seven bays in Broadstairs.

Activity wise, we have talked about surfing but kitesurfing is a struggle due to the cliffs behind the beach and the number of summer visitors.

Facilities at the beach include surf school and surf/kayak hire facilities, toilets, cafe/restaurant, shops, deck chair/ windbreak hire, car parking, lifeguards in summer months, disabled access, seasonal children play area.

Joss Bay Beach is a Blue Flag Beach
Joss Bay Beach is a Blue Flag Beach.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Joss Bay Beach has dog restrictions.
Joss Bay beach has dog restrictions between 1st May and 30th September where dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10am to 6pm.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 46 beaches in Kent, or check our list of Kent Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Joss Bay Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 4.6℃ to 5.2℃ with wind speed 5.7 m/sec (W)
Tuesday, Jan 31partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.6℃ to 5.4℃ with wind speed 6.7 m/sec (WSW)
Wednesday, Feb 01partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.4℃ to 5.7℃ with wind speed 9.1 m/sec (W)
Thursday, Feb 02partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 6.7℃ to 7.2℃ with wind speed 9.9 m/sec (W)
Friday, Feb 03clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 7.2℃ to 7.5℃ with wind speed 7 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Feb 04clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 6.9℃ to 7.5℃ with wind speed 6.1 m/sec (WSW)
Sunday, Feb 05cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.7℃ to 8.4℃ with wind speed 8.6 m/sec (W)

Broadstairs weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Joss Bay Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Joss Bay Beach is at Broadstairs 1.50 km (0.93 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Mon 30 Jan
   Low Tide at 00:07 (Height 1.29m)
   High Tide at 06:08 (Height 3.97m)
   Low Tide at 12:57 (Height 1.03m)
   High Tide at 19:05 (Height 3.71m)
Tue 31 Jan
   Low Tide at 01:23 (Height 1.39m)
   High Tide at 07:20 (Height 3.81m)
   Low Tide at 14:03 (Height 1.20m)
   High Tide at 20:10 (Height 3.69m)
Wed 01 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:39 (Height 1.35m)
   High Tide at 08:30 (Height 3.76m)
   Low Tide at 15:10 (Height 1.26m)
   High Tide at 21:14 (Height 3.78m)
Thu 02 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:53 (Height 1.19m)
   High Tide at 09:39 (Height 3.84m)
   Low Tide at 16:12 (Height 1.22m)
   High Tide at 22:10 (Height 3.93m)
Fri 03 Feb
   Low Tide at 04:57 (Height 0.97m)
   High Tide at 10:35 (Height 3.98m)
   Low Tide at 17:05 (Height 1.14m)
   High Tide at 22:54 (Height 4.07m)
Sat 04 Feb
   Low Tide at 05:45 (Height 0.78m)
   High Tide at 11:18 (Height 4.09m)
   Low Tide at 17:47 (Height 1.05m)
   High Tide at 23:31 (Height 4.18m)
Sun 05 Feb
   Low Tide at 06:23 (Height 0.66m)
   High Tide at 11:53 (Height 4.16m)
   Low Tide at 18:21 (Height 0.98m)

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