Southsea Beach
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,075 contributions
May 2020
Because of its geographical position and the tidal routes, Southsea Beach is more shingle than sand and therefore does not attract the crowds of nearby sandy beaches. Nevertheless, it is still a popular venue with easy access to the A3 for London and good parking. In usual times there are a number of cafes, restaurants and visitor attractions and these will gradually reopen. Early morning last week visitor number were just beginning to increase and the social distancing requirements were being well observed. With U.K. holidays no doubt being very popular in 2020, it should be a very good late season attraction.
Written June 2, 2020
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Ankit2385
Bengaluru, India604 contributions
Apr 2022
Its a lovely beach with a big coastline, so find a place that suits you. We had a peaceful time spent at the beach, but mostly gets crowded close to the pier. There are few restaurants nearby and some rides for kids in the pier. Pay and display car parking, but there are few streets nearby which allows free parking for 3 hours.
Written April 21, 2022
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Donk1
Birmingham, UK469 contributions
Jul 2020
As seafronts go this is probably one of the most unspoilt as it is not full of arcades. If this is what you want, these can be found on Southsea Pier where you can also purchase your fish and chips should you need them.

The beach itself is spotlessly clean and is manned by Lifeguards from the RNLI. Although we went on a chilly July day, there were still people in the sea (rather them than me). There was no rubbish anywhere and you are able to park along the seafront if you can find a space. There are hotels which overlook the beach should you wish to have an overnight stay with a view. The beach is all pebbles but nearer to the water this reduces to small shingle although I think the pebbles would still batter your feet if you went in the sea bare foot.

The promenade itself is flat so would provide easy access for those with mobility issues but you would find the beach itself difficult. The promenade stretches for some distance and if you head East from the pier you will eventually come to Southsea Castle and further along there is a boating lake.

Not a huge amount to do for the kids if going on a family holiday, but sufficient for a day trip. The Local Council were trying to provide water to the many flower beds along the seafront. The grass didn't look as if it had seen rain for some time.

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written July 24, 2020
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Kristie D
San Diego, CA147 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
Beautiful day for a walk. Beach is all rocks and pebbles but was clean and not crowded (being a Monday morning). Loads of parking and lots to see along the way. Hovercraft leave from one end and Southsea Castle along the path (although only cafe is open at castle right now). There is also the Southsea rock garden along the path. Beautiful plants and trees in bloom. Toilets at D-day museum (gift shop and cafe there also). I really enjoyed it...2 hours of roaming. I’m sure there are better beaches but I thoroughly enjoyed my morning!
Written September 8, 2020
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK1,646 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
New Years Day stroll from Eastney along to the D Day museum taking in the sea air along Southsea beach. Lots of people doing the same with children with new bikes, scooters or just running around on the beach. Almost all the cafes and attractions were open. Southsea has lots going for it but perhaps need a little spruce up in some areas. Look forward to some spring walks soon!
Written January 1, 2020
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MYDOGISFINN
Emsworth, UK834 contributions
Sep 2020
This is a long, deep, shingle beach which extends the length of the seafront. On a sunny day it is very popular. The Council appears to have closed the western end of Clarence Espalande to cars to prevent the beach area getting too crowded. There are plenty of cafes and toilets. It is a pleasant enough place to walk along. No golden sands.
Written September 16, 2020
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Claire
London, UK126 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
The sea defences work meant part of the front is closed, so you have to walk a long diversion between Portsmouth and Southsea to get around them. But other than that, great! There's a guy in a booth selling beer and other cold drinks on the pier. Go there. His beer is 5*. The area is very attractive. Will return.
Written August 11, 2022
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STEPHEN K
Ashby de la Zouch, UK1,219 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
A most pleasant walk along the esplanade and generally the area was well kept and the gardens a real treat. The sea front has a mixture of textures and generally safe. A pleasant area for bathing and picnics with seating and grass tk hand. We stayed nearby at the few retained guest houses as they disappear for apartments and parking is good but at a price. Recommended for long and short stays as all things are catered for.
Written July 29, 2021
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Ann H
York, UK2,217 contributions
Sep 2022
The part of the beach we visited was very near to the hovercraft station and we were lucky enough to be there at the time of an arrival and departure. Very impressive to watch these crafts at close hand. The beach looked very clean and there were kiosks along the front selling all sorts of different things to suit everyone's taste.
Written September 9, 2022
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Mayhawke
Portsmouth, UK35 contributions
Aug 2019
Travel to places like Brighton, or even Lee-On-Solent and you will find towns that have a much better idea of how to bring life to their seafront.

Southsea beach has a couple of cafes, and at the far end a tiny funfair and some amusement arcades.

Though it's improved somewhat with the reopening of the Pier, there is still so much more that could be done to make the central part of the seafront vibrant, other than building more retirement flats.

Added to this it's a shingle beach, and the only time you see any sand is when there's a storm blasting the seafront.

There is a full length promenade, which is nice for walkers, runners and cyclists; the Common and Canoe Lake areas, add a nice green extension to the usuable area. but other than that it's all a bit...lifeless.
Written March 9, 2020
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