With over 50 miles of coastline to explore, The Suffolk Coast is the perfect place to enjoy a day at the beach this summer. Here, you can forgo beaches filled with visitors and instead, discover the golden sands and seaside charm of some lesser known stretches...
Beaches in Suffolk
Starting in the north of the county, working our way down the coast, we've picked some of The Suffolk Coast's unexplored beaches for you to discover.
Be sure to check out our 'Know Before You Go' guide before setting off for your day by the sea!
Ideal for families, Lowestoft has the biggest stretch of golden sandy beach on The Suffolk Coast. There's oodles of space here, even on busier days, so you'll easily find a spot to set up for the day. Lifeguards are on duty here throughout the summer season and there are toilets available along the promenade as well as a shower block for rinsing your sandy toes at the end of the day.
There's a delightful promenade cafe towards the south end of the beach, which serves hot and cold snacks (including early morning bacon rolls), drinks and ice creams. You can also buy buckets, spades, inflatables and other beach games here too.
If it's a summer holiday you're looking for, then you might like to hire one of the brightly coloured beach huts which line the promenade. For more information on beach hut hire, take a look at our 'Beach Hut Hire' guide.
Moving south from Lowestoft, Pakefield beach is a little more wild, with marram grass and dunes and fishing boats to sunbathe amongst. Children will love searching the shores for flotsam and jetsum and throwing stones in the sea and
Unlike Lowestoft there are no facilities on this stretch of the beach, but the toilets and the cafe on Lowestoft's South Beach are a 10 minute walk away. The promenade has a selection of pastel coloured beach huts, some of which are available to hire and if you walk up the steps away from the beach into Pakefield, you will find a selection of shops, fish and chip shops, pubs and bars.
To finish your day, book a table at MarkG Seafood Restaurant at The Tramway Hotel or The Hog Hotel.
A huge stretch of beach framed by imposing cliffs, you'll have no trouble social distancing and staying away from the crowds at Kessingland. The coastal village has a number of places to park, but there isn't a beach car park, so expect a walk to reach the sea. The walk is worth it though as you make your way through the windswept dunes you are greeted with golden sands forming a spit. Depending on the time of year and tide, the sea retreats leaving tide pools, perfect for paddling in.
Just a short ferry ride across the River Blyth from the popular beach at Southwold, Walberswick's beach is accessed by crossing over the bridge and through the dunes. A beautiful stretch of sand and shingle beach awaits you here, with views of Southwold to the north and Sizewell beach to the south.
There's plenty of parking and toilet facilities close to the beach, the village is home to a picture-postcard green, surrounded by pastel coloured cottages and villas, cafes, shops and pubs including The Bell Inn and The Anchor, so after a day of crabbing and paddling you can enjoy fish and chips or hearty pub grub and a pint.
A fabulous alternative to the seaside towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, Felixstowe boasts a 4-mile shingle and sand beach. The traditional seaside experience is on offer here, with the Pier and amusements and ice cream parlour sitting alongside a wilder beach as you head towards Landguard point.
There's plenty of space to build sandcastles, play beach games and sunbathe, or you can relax and watch the large container ships come into port. Toilets are located along the beach as well as kiosks serving drinks, snacks and artisan ice creams.
6. Southwold South
There are few seaside towns quite so quintessentially British as Southwold with its unconventional pier and beach huts close to the town centre, but explore just a little further south close to the River Blyth and you’ll find acres of unsullied sand with marram-topped dunes.
Why not extend your visit and book a stay on The Suffolk Coast? Take a look below for places to stay near these unexplored beaches...