The beaches at Eastbourne stretch for 6.4 km (4 mi) from Sovereign Harbour in the east to Beachy Head in the west. They are largely shingle, with stretches of sand at low tide. The main beach, Grand Parade, has zones for safe bathing. Marine Parade Beaches are a favourite with water sports enthusiasts, for surfing, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
For a quiet spot, try Falling Sands Beach at the foot of Beachy Head. The East Sussex coastline here is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the promenade is lined with award winning gardens.