The beach for launching watercraft and escaping the crowds

Description

The short stretch of beach that Hunstanton forgot, South Beach lies at the southern end of the Hunstanton Beach promenade, as it transitions into Heacham North Beach. Out of sight and out of mind, this is a quieter area of the promenade – the calm before the storm – lacking the rowdiness of Hunston’s main drag.

A large slipway marks the division between Main Beach and South Beach, used for launching powerboats and other PWC. Hunstanton Ski Club is based above the café next to the boat ramp. This is also the launching point for Searle’s Sea Tours – seal safaris and coastal trips aboard two amphibious “Wash Monsters”. Ramps on either side allow buggies, pushchairs and wheelchairs to pass over the slipway.

The promenade has long rows of concrete steps running down to the sand and shingle beach which disappears entirely at high tide. A substantial concrete wall runs along the back of the promenade, shielding the beach huts and static caravans behind from the worst of any inclement weather.

If you don’t have a good reason to be there, Hunstanton South Beach doesn’t have a lot in the way of charms, bar its dog-friendliness, and a respite from the crowds and noise of Sunny Hunny.

Car Parking

The closest car park is Seagate Car Park, which has 900 spaces. Open 24 hours.

Address: Seagate Road, Hunstanton, PE36 5BD

Price: Monday to Sunday and Bank Holidays (9:00am until 5:00pm)

Off-peak 1 September to 30 June:

  • 1 hour – £2.00
  • 3 hours – £4.00
  • All day – £6.00

Peak 1 July to 31 August:

  • 1 hour – £2.00
  • 3 hours – £4.00
  • All day – £7.00

Evening charges: Monday to Sunday and Bank Holidays (5.00pm to 9:00am)

  • £2.00

More info: west-norfolk.gov.uk

Bus Services

Hunstanton South Beach can be reached using the 36 Coastliner service. Nearest drop-off: Southend Road, opposite Tesco. Distance: 0.7km (0.4mi)

More info: Visiting By Bus,  lynxbus.co.uk

Facilities

Public toilets are located at Seagate Car Park, 300m north along the promenade, through and behind the fun fair.

The Boat House Café is dog-friendly and serves hot and cold food. There’s fish and chips available at the Vegas Fish Bar on South Beach Road, and all the facilities of Hunstanton Main Beach a few hundred meters further along the promenade.

Dog Restrictions

This section of beach running south from the slipway at The Boat House Café is dog-friendly with no restrictions. However dogs are banned on Hunstanton Main Beach during the summer months.

Lifeguards

Hunstanton does not operate a lifeguard service.

Composition

Sand and shingle

Statistics

Length: 500m (0.3mi)

Key Features

  Pay and Display Parking
  Nearest bus stop 0.7km (0.4mi)
  Dog-friendly, no restrictions
  Public toilets at the car park
  Ramps to the promenade
  Teas & Coffees at the Café
  Various food outlets available nearby
  Tesco 700m (0.4mi)
  No lifeguard service

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