Camber Sands is a huge, glorious stretch of sand, backed by massive dunes, just 4 miles away, or less if you walk/cycle. Take a bucket and spade, learn to kitesurf, or just sit outside the beach cafes with a cup of tea and watch the world go by.
There’s a regular bus service from Rye to Camber Sands so you don’t need a car to get there from the town.
Winchelsea Beach is a large shingle beach, on the opposite bank of the River Rother to Camber Sands. It’s much quieter than Camber.
Hastings is a proper bucket-and-spade resort, with arcades, rides etc. Pelham Beach, close to Hastings town centre, is family friendly, with lifeguard in summer.
Hastings is under 20 minutes away on the train from Rye.
Dungeness is a wild, remote stretch of shingle, where hardy homeowners, rare birdlife and a massive power station live in harmony. Visit the lighthouse, covet the innovative architecture, and ride the miniature railway.