Eastbourne beaches are a mix of pebbles, shingle and in some places, when the tide goes out, sand. Stretching from west to east they are Holywell Retreat, Grand Parade, Marine Parade, Royal Parade, Redoubt and Harbour Reach.
Holywell Retreat is the most westerly of the Eastbourne beaches. At the top it is pebbles and shingle but sand and numerous of rock pools appear as the tide goes out.
Located directly overlooking the beach is a café, which is open all year and serves drinks, snacks, meals and ice cream.
There are beach huts and beach chalets. The Dotto Land train stops here.
Grand Parade Beach
Grand Parade Beach stretches From the Wish Tower to the pier. This beach sometimes has lifeguard observation, first aid cover, a safe bathing zone, Kidzone wristbands. There are also showers and toilets, several cafés, some of which are licensed, and kiosks and bathing cabins available for rent.
Marine Parade Beaches
Marine Parade Beaches stretch from the pier to The Pavilion Tea Rooms. These beaches are a favourite for water sports. There are several kiosks selling refreshments, body boards, buckets and spades etc.
These beaches are shingle and, when the tide goes out, sand. There is good access and parking close by. There are toilets and a car park close by the beach and the area is flat, providing easy access for the disabled and cyclists.
Royal Parade Beaches
These beaches are shingle and, when the tide goes out, sand. There is good access and parking close by. They are also within easy reach of shops and amenities with toilets and refreshments a short distance away.
Harbour Reach has loverly views along the coast towards the pier and within easy reach of toilets and refreshments. The promenade has a cycle lane. Dogs are welcome on this beach.
For all beaches, please read and obey the safety signs and follow the beach safety advice of the RNLI on their website.
Access to Eastbourne Beaches is free.