South Bay Beach is the busiest beach in Scarborough, and it’s the very stretch of sand that made the town Britain’s first seaside resort. With fine sand that makes creating sandcastles particularly easy and mild waters sheltered by the castle headland to the north, this beach has always been a family favourite and it’s surrounded by everything you need to enjoy a day by the sea.
If you haven’t spent a summer’s day at South Bay Beach yet the chances are you’ll have still seen pictures of its colourful beach huts or the amusements that have entertained kids for decades. The tide doesn’t often reach the promenade so there’s always plenty of space to pick a spot of sand and set up camp for the day, and since there’s a cliff lift nearby you’ll be able to reach the town centre within just a few minutes.
The water at South Bay is fairly safe for swimming but trained lifeguards man the sands during the summer, and there are toilets and beach shops nearby to keep sunbathers stocked up with buckets, spades and the all-important ice lollies.