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Sea Water Quality

Car Park


Ships in the Channel
Beach in 1988

St Mary's Bay Beach
The Beach at St Mary's Bay, looking north [ack 1.]

St Mary's Bay has a long sandy beach which stretches north to Dymchurch and south to Littlestone-on-Sea, attracting many thousands of visitors each year.
The beach provides safe bathing for most people with its fine sandy beach that goes out about half mile mile at low tide.

Car Park

There is a large pay and display car park right next to the beach on the A259. [see Maps].
Charges apply from 8am to 8pm on all days of the week, including Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The maximum stay is 24 hours

Car Park Charges
Charges wef 1 April 2011 are
Up to 1 hr  - 1.20
Up to 2 hrs - 2.30
Up to 3 hrs - 3.40
Up to 4 hrs - 4.50
Up to 5 hrs - 5.70
Up to 6 hrs - 6.70
Up to 7 hrs - 7.90

Sea Water Quality

The Environment Agency monitors and assesses bathing water quality at each designated bathing water in England & Wales annually between May and September. The monitoring results and annual compliance are all published on the Environment Agency website. Click here to go to the website view the latest results for St Mary's Bay on their interactive map.


There are public toilets in the car park. They are open 8am to 7pm from 1 April  to 30 September. Outside these times there are public toilets in Dymchurch and New Romney.

Dogs on the Beach 

Dogs are ban on the beach each year 1 May to 30 September, from The Fairway to the north, to the river outfall to the south.
You are free to walks your dog(s) on the beach from 1 October to 30 April.
Please clean up after your dog and use the many litter bins available.

Beach at half tide
Beach at half tide

Beach looking south
Beach, looking south


During the summer months there is a kiosk on the beach promenade that sells hot and cold drinks and hot snacks. There are more places to eat and drink across from the beach down Jefferstone Lane.