The poster child of the Kent coast. Botany Bay takes its name from the area's 19th-century smugglers who were deported to Australia. Today, however, you'll be more likely to knock elbows with photographers, who get snap-happy around the dramatic chalk stacks, between which you'll find smaller coves, rock pools and (if you're lucky) a fossil or two. Much like Dorset's natural beauty spots of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Botany Bay draws crowds as the mercury rises. Avoid them by walking 10 minutes east to Kingsgate Bay, where Thanet's best sea caves are carved into the cliffs. Beware: it's possible to get cut off by the incoming tide.
Stay: The Royal Albion