With a rich maritime heritage that lives on into the present day through the town’s working harbour, Whitstable is famous for its Native Oysters - and these oysters continue to play a large role in the town’s life, both shaping Whitstable’s booming restaurant scene and providing a theme for the town’s annual Oyster Festival.
Tankerton Beach is a gorgeous, unspoilt pebble beach that offers one of Whitstable’s most stunning views. The beach’s groynes and colourful beach huts provide a timeless seaside charm, and visitors will be spoilt for things to see, as on a clear day the seafront affords views of Southend, The Isle of Sheppey, The Maunsell Sea Forts and the Kentish Flats offshore wind farm. At low tide the waters recede to reveal ‘the street’ - a shingle strip extending half a mile out to sea, which according to legend was used by Roman troops for unloading cargo. A single strip of shingle coastline running about a mile from the town’s harbour to neighbouring Seasalter,
West Beach is one of Whitstable’s most famous and popular beaches. Showcasing the best of quaint, British seaside charm, the beach features picture-postcard beach huts and you can usually see the fishing boats pulled up on the beach at the end of the day. The beach is also just a short walk from the fantastic Old Neptune Pub (Neppy to the locals) and the Whitstable Oyster Company - in case you’re in the mood for a tipple or a bite to eat.
In terms of pubs, The Duke of Cumberland, The Old Neptune and The East Kent are all favourite local haunts, serving up real ales and live music.