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The Best England Beach Getaways: The Kent Coast

Best Beaches on the Kent Coast

England beach getaways may not be known worldwide, but more and more people are choosing England and Kent as their holiday destination for the beaches. The county is known as the “Garden of England” and has some of the most beautiful countryside, as well as coastline, in the UK. Located in the south east of England, the long coastline has both international and British charm in its seaside towns.

The Kent coastline is not only one of the most beautiful coasts in the UK, but it is also one of the safest with a large number of beaches achieving the safe and clean Blue Flag status. If you are struggling to decide which beach to head to in the county, then here is our list of the top five best beaches on the Kent coast:

 

West Bay Beach

Best Beaches on Kent Coast West Bay

This sandy beach is surrounded by rocky areas and cliffs and has everything you would expect from a British beach. You can build sandcastles, go crabbing in the rock pools and stay until late to watch the beautiful sunset from the beach. Its Blue Flag status means it is perfectly safe for swimming and is also within walking distance of its quaint and modern town center.

 

Ramsgate Main Sands

Best UK Beaches Ramsgate

The long stretch of sandy beach is right next to the only marina in the UK and the beautiful Royal Harbor, just under a 30 minute drive away from Dover. The Blue Flag beach has excellent and safe waters that are monitored by lifeguards throughout the summer seasons. The continental feel of the beach offers amusement arcades for children, restaurants with al fresco dining and deckchair and loungers for the beach. And like any good British seaside resort you can get buy fish and chips and ice cream on the seafront.

 

Walmer Beach

Best Beaches in England Walmer

Located on the south-east coast between Dover and Ramsgate, Walmer Beach is over nine miles long. This beach isn’t sandy, like a lot of the beaches in the region it is in fact covered by shingle, valerian and poppies. You will, however, enjoy the traditional fishing boats, beautiful water and memorial bandstand that all feel like a true undiscovered British seaside resort. Stay in the nearby lovely resort of Kingsdown or beach town Deal for access to the beach.

 

Botany Bay

Best England Beach Getaways Botany Bay

One of the prettiest of Kent’s northern beaches, the 660-ft long sandy beach is great for swimming, exploring rock pools or just walking. From here you can also access Joss Bay, Kent’s best surfing beach, on foot during low tide. The Blue Flag beach has clean, safe water and is quieter than some of Kent’s other northern beaches. More adventurous beach goers can also surf and canoe at this beach.

 

St. Margaret’s Bay

Kent Coast St. Margaret's Bay

This small bay is one of the most famous beaches in Kent, known for its proximity to the chalk-backed white cliffs of Dover. The water quality is very high and the beach is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. Channel swimmers start their channel swim from the bay and the cliff above the bay and village is where the sun is supposed to first meet the UK every morning. Pick up your car rental in Dover and you’ll be just a few minutes’ drive from this iconic attraction!


Visiting the Best UK Beaches

It may come as surprising that such beautiful coastal destinations reside in a country not typically recognized for it’s seaside splendor. Before springing for a vacation in the typical tropical regions, consider some of the best England beach getaways; you can escape the crowds while still having a relaxing break in a beautiful sandy setting! Best of all, you can get some of the greatest travel sales and bargains by choosing an undiscovered destination, and a cheap car rental in England will grant you access to all the best places to visit!

Best England Beach Getaways


A Little Slice of Paradise – International Beach Beauties

Lounge in a beach chair, soak up some golden rays, frolic in gently rolling waves, build sandcastles and collect shells, or meander down a dusty trail. When you’re deciding how to spend your vacation days, Kemwel can help you find the perfect inexpensive transportation to experience the destinations that fit your idea of a little slice of paradise.

CABLE BEACH, Australia

Beaches - couple walking towards beach chairs_97745348On the northwestern coast of Australia, Cable Beach is 22 kilometers of glistening white sands and the gorgeous blue-green hues of the Indian Ocean. With that kind of mileage, there’s no worry of rubbing elbows with the next blanket full of picnicking sun-bathers as you raise your beverage for a drink! If you’re feeling ambitious, rent a surf or boogie board to ride the waves, or simply recline under the shade of a beach umbrella. Tour operators offer camel rides, which can be a fun activity for the family, or a romantic sunset adventure. Further attractions include The Horizontal Falls, a natural wonder best experienced from an aerial, plane view, the interactive Crocodile Park, and another time-sensitive sight, the Staircase to the Moon. There is a clothing optional section of the beach to the North End, so if you’re of a more modest mindset, you might want to avoid this area. This destination is at its peak potential between March and October!

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A Ship’s prow rock formation

CATHEDRAL COVE, New Zealand

Navigate the walking track that takes you past both Gemstone and Stingray Bay until you pass beneath the peaked, stone arch that leads you to Cathedral cove. As you approach the opening on other side, you’ll notice what appears to be the prow of a ship rising in the distance. In actuality the rock pinnacle that you’re seeing has been shaped over time by the elements, but it lends a very Pirates of the Caribbean air to the snug cove. You’ll want to bring any books, towels, games and food along with you for a day of leisure, as there are no restaurants or other businesses to cater to your needs in the immediate vicinity. This intimate setting is accessible by foot, or water vessel, so leave your car rental parked in town.

Beaches - poppy flowersMONTANA DE ORO STATE PARK, US

When I was a little girl, my family would often visit Montaña De Oro for the Beaches and mountain scenery over the summer holidays. While it doesn’t offer crystal-clear turquoise waters or expanses of finely-grained sand, it is still a place that I enjoy and recommend to others after all these years. The main beach is split between a sandy and a pebble and shell strewn area. Dig your toes into the sand, or look for jade and unbroken sand dollars. If you glance back at the bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean, the bright red hue of the poppy flowers catch your eye as they sway in the breeze. There are a series of small secluded beach nooks further along the coastline that can only be reached by taking the narrow and often steep trail that connects them. Each has its own unique and interesting features and it is not difficult to find ones empty of tourists to make your own haven for a short while.

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Flying buttresses at the Beach of the Cathedrals

PLAYA DE LAS CATEDRALES BEACH, Spain

If you’re of an inquisitive nature as opposed to a relaxed approach during vacations, visit the Beach of the Cathedrals. Explore the sea caves that vary in size from mere cracks in the landscape to large chambers that become exposed at low tide. The natural arch formations resemble the flying buttresses that are such a prominent feature of historic cathedrals, which gave the beach its name. You’ll get all the sands, surf and sun you could hope for, as well as interesting scenic features to discover, all a short drive from Ribadeo, Spain

JASNA LAKE, Slovenia

Lakes, the forgotten beach-baring sister

Lakes, the forgotten beach-baring sister

While seaside beaches get the lion’s share of the glory, their inland sisters all too often are the wallflowers when in fact they have a charm all their own. Jazna Lake is an alpine beauty set amidst Slovenian Mountains.The lake is guarded by the peculiar statue of the Zlatorog (Goldhorn), who reigned from the range surrounding Triglav, where he hid his treasure according to local tales. While it’s unlikely you will find the manifestation of this golden, folkloric figure, you can still enjoy the bounty of his kingdom. While Slovenia may be short on ocean frontage, it has plenty of trails that lead to panoramic peaks, lush green forests and cool, clear waters that are the perfect complement to an outdoor escape.

Beaches Lake Atitlan_154182032ATITLAN LAKE, Guatamala

Another lake sister, Lake Atitlán, offers up rich Mayan heritage above and below its deep waters. While the towns that surround its shores still hold to aspects of Mayan culture and dress, there are remnants of long past villages that can, under the right circumstances, be seen beneath a clear surface. Many a entrepreneurial boatman will allow you a ride on the lake for a price if you flag them down from a jetty. Although tourism is constantly on the rise, there is still much unspoilt beauty and a firmly relaxed atmosphere in abundance in the lakeside communities.

From lakeshores to seashores, Kemwel is here to lend advice and offer pertinent recommendations to ensure your next trip isn’t ALL wet—It’s a fast and simple process to confirm your rental car with the Kemwel car rental booking engine. If you would like more details about driving abroad, or on the variety of car hire services available with Kemwel, please view our information pages!


The Most Beautiful Places in France for a Holiday Honeymoon

Most Beautiful Places in France

It’s no secret that France is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes, culturally diverse cities, and breathtaking beaches in Europe (or even in the world), but have you considered France as a holiday honeymoon destination?

There are so many great places for a honeymoon in France, from the classical romance of Paris, to the stunning lavender fields and tasty Mediterranean foods of Provence; France has something for all travel tastes and styles. France, the country where romance was born, has all of the ingredients for a perfect honeymoon, whatever you’re looking for!

Here are the top five most beautiful places in France for a honeymoon:

 

5. St. Tropez

Holiday Honeymoon in St. Tropez
If you want out-of-this-world luxury, then St. Tropez is the destination for you. Being a vacation destination for high-flyers and rich celebrities, expect to be well taken care of in any St. Tropez hotel. The region has dozens of secluded beaches, relaxing private spas, and five-star high-class dining. Expect to feel like a modern king and queen in this stunning jet-setting fishing village.

 

4. Provence and the Côte d’Azur

Most Beautiful Places in France Provence
Food is very important in Provence, and after your wedding what better way to celebrate than in the food capital of France? Gorge on healthy, rich Mediterranean fare of fresh olive oil, wine, tomatoes and garlic while overlooking some of the most beautiful landscape in the country. You can have it all in this region with the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Côte d’Azur, the nature and hiking of the Alps (the landscape that inspired artists from Picasso to Matisse), the cliff-top roads and the romantic fields of lavender. Whether you want to explore or relax on your honeymoon, Provence and the Côte d’Azur are truly romantic destinations.

 

3. The Loire Valley

Honeymoon Destination Loire Valley
Rent a car in Tours and book a room at a glorious old French Châteaux in the beautiful Loire Valley. Visit incredible romantic castles and stately homes while spending days sampling local cheeses and wines at some of Europe’s most famous vineyards. Explore breathtaking scenery in the form of local farms and enjoy driving through the green fields of the valley.

 

2. The French Riviera

Romantic Destinations - French Riviera
If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday and for some glamor to go with it, then the French Riviera is an excellent choice. While it isn’t a typical honeymoon destination, most people that holiday in this region already holiday like movie stars, so expect to receive the same amount of high end treatment. Enjoy fresh fruits and immaculate restaurants, boat rides and spectacular seafood on a daily basis–expect to come back glowing and refreshed!

 

1. Paris

Paris Honeymoon Vacation
The number one spot has to be the most romantic destination in Europe; the timeless and classic capital city of Paris. Splurge on a beautiful luxury hotel in the center of the city, then take a peaceful stroll along the River Seine, before stopping for a romantic French meal in a delightful cafe bistro or restaurant with plenty of red wine and delectable cuisine. Expect high quality  accommodation, as well as the freedom to roam the large city and surrounding area in the comfort and privacy of a Paris rental car.


Planning Your Holiday Honeymoon in France

If you’re still searching for that perfect holiday honeymoon destination, consider some of the most beautiful places in France mentioned above. These spectacular locales will have both you and your partner in awe-stricken glee for the duration of your trip and Kemwel can help you make the dream a reality. Just check out some of our incredible travel deals on everything from cheap France car rentals to great prices on hotels and accommodations and you’ll quickly discover that a romantic getaway can be a lot more affordable than you may have thought!

Holiday Honeymoon in France


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