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“Out of season? don't bother” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ramsgate Main Sands

Ramsgate Main Sands
Ranked #4 of 52 things to do in Ramsgate
Certificate of Excellence
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Doha, Qatar
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103 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Out of season? don't bother”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

We visited the beach twice during our week long stay. Once on a sunny day; there were a few brave souls having a swim in the sea and families soaking up the sunshine.
There is a sign showing that the water quality is good and that it is safe to swim, but there was a little plastic 'WC' related litter washed up on the shore with the seaweed (a plastic cotton bud stalk and waterproof 'liner').
There was also a sign saying that dogs are banned between certain times and dates. We saw dogs a couple of times being walked on the beach, so that isn't being policed very well.
During our visit we sat on a picnic bench and noticed an empty condom wrapper on the floor, so obviously people are making use of the facilities at night too!
Our second trip to the beach was on a dull day to have a makeshift picnic, we sat in front of the closed centre, but soon moved as there were some 'unusual' people shouting and making a bit of a racket and it didn't feel that safe (I don't care for unpredictable people!).
The buildings and facilities on the beach front are really run down and it's a shame because it is evident that it has once been a thriving beach resort, although it's probably really busy in summer and there is still plenty of other nice facilities, bars, restaurants, ice cream shops in the vicinity. Don't let the beach put you off Ramsgate, if you are dead set on having a good beach experience, try Joss bay a bit further up the coast past Broadstairs.

Visited September 2013
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English first
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104 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Lovely beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

This is a lovely beach with great sand. Possibly in need of a bit of a clean up but generally a nice experience. Great to have a cuppa or a bite to eat.

Visited August 2013
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Underrated”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This beach doesn't get a look in usually when comparing with Margate and Broadstairs it is very underrated. Can walk along the beach to Broadstairs.

Visited July 2013
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Ramsgate, England, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Glorious sandy beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

A large sandy beach close to local fish and chips outlets, the Royal Harbour and many bars, restaurants and cafes

Visited July 2013
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Would be five star if people took their rubbish home!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

I may be biased, as I am a Ramsgate resident! The sands are absolutely lovely, there are toilets very close by and a variety of places from which to get food (though not at exactly bargain prices!). Some commenters have mentioned the neglect, etc. The new development which never got off the ground accounts for both the hoardings and the resulting Great Wall of Ramsgate, the first of which is annoying but the second more than makes up for it! If visitors would simply bring an empty carrier bag in which to keep their rubbish and either take it home with them or make use of a litter bin, then the beach would stay nice and clean.

Visited July 2013
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