Joss Bay

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Joss Gap Road, Broadstairs, United Kingdom - +00 44 (0)1843 577577

Joss Bay Broadstairs Reviews

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Where have all the smugglers gone? Sep 24, 2017
Broadstairs is set in one of seven adjoining bays, and between them there is something to suit just about everyone. Going towards Margate from Broadstairs, you come to Joss Bay. This is a very popular family / surfing beach, which is patrolled in the summer season by lifeguards. It is an extremely clean beach and has won several local and national awards including a "blue flag" for 2017. This is an award only given to the cleanest beaches and is considered to be very prestigious.

If your wondering about the slightly unusual name the bay is supposedly named (many local friends have told me this) for a local 18th century smuggler called Joss Snelling who was operating here when smuggling was "the" cottage industry in the area. He must have been good at it because he not only eluded the gallows but also the "Excise Men" until he finally died of natural causes at the goodly ag of 96.

There is a pay and display carpark there, but I like to walk along the coast from Broadstairs - it'll only take you about half an hour at a gentle pace. I am glad to say that there is disabled access to the beach as I know this is an issue for some readers.

If you feel like learning something new, surfing lessons are available in the summer season - see the attached website for further details. I don't surf myself, but friends who do tell me this is a good place for it. Surfboards and bodyboards are available for hire, or if you're feeling less adventurous you can also hire deckchairs, windbreaks and so on.

It is quite easy to find, being in the shadow of the famous North Foreland lighthouse which was the last manned lighthouse in the UK prior to automation and where a dear friend of mine used to be the tour guide in the summer season.

A word of warning though if you want to bring your four legged friend with you as there is a seasonal dog ban in place.

Definitely worth the walk.
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