Scarborough South Bay beach is a sandy, quiet beach ideal for families a castle situated on the cliff tops overlooking the beach

Scarborough is one of Yorkshire’s and the UK’s most traditional Victorian era coastal resort towns. The South Bay is the smaller of the two Scarborough beaches and often the one with more people.

Facilities include toilets, cafe/restaurants, beach huts, parking and Scarborough’s town facilities.

Scarborough South Bay Beach has dog restrictions. Scarborough South Bay has dog restrictions.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have no beaches around Scarborough, 22 beaches in North Yorkshire, or check our list of North Yorkshire Dog Friendly Beaches.

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

Our weather forecast for Scarborough in North Yorkshire is split into two widgets. The first shows a timeline containing temperature, wind, sunrise/sunset and chance of rain, whilst the second shows the forecast for the week ahead including severe weather alerts when available.

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1 Review on “Scarborough South Bay Beach (North Yorkshire)”

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  • South Bay is Scarborough’s main beach, lots of shops and cafes. Very busy in summer when parking can be a problem. Popular with learner surfers with a surf school nearby. The safest beach for young kids with lifeguards on duty spring/summer/autumn.

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