This small fishing village lays on the mouth of the River Thames and is world famed for her Oysters. Whitstable’s heart is her harbour, with a plethora of sea sports, fishing, tourism, traders, beach dwellers and locals. The markets boast independent artists with homemade crafts, fishmongers and delectable eateries. Whitstable could, quite literally, be considered, the pearl on Kent’s coastal boulevard.
Its shingle beach is part owned by the local oyster company which provides the town with a community warmth mirroring it’s cosy and bustling streets with it’s historic homes, vintage shops and local markets.
Whitstable has built her own greatness over the years, being the first harbour in the world to be served by a railway in 1831. She continues to develop with the restoration of Whitstable Castle completed in 2010 and eagerly becoming a trendy destination for out of the city weekend explorers.
Herne Bay is another town that benefited from the snaking growth of Kent’s 19th century seaside resort evolution, rising to eminence from a quaint farming and smuggling village. Perching neatly between the antique villages of Herne and Reculver, it was home to the world's first freestanding Clock Tower and for little over 140 years the town had the second-longest pier in the UK, famed for its entertainment as a pleasure pier. Now Herne Bay's Pier Beach Hut Village, due to be completed in 2015 with a peppering of independent shops. The pier itself delivers 360 degree views of Herne Bay and beyond. Looking inland you can view 2 miles of shingle shoreline bordered with a Victorian bandstand and Tower gardens. Off shore, spot the historical World War Two sea fort juxtaposed against the mesmerizing, modern wind farm. The seafront itself boasts a meandering promenade, with eclectic views over the mouth of the Thames estuary.