Palm Bay


Palm Bay
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

With Foreness Waterski and Boat Club and Jet Ski World, this sandy beach is not promoted as a bathing beach.


A popular beach of water sports, jet-ski hire available.

Wildlife and Walks

On the Thanet coast path with Margate within walking distance. Two nature reserves nearby are Monkton Nature Reserve, which has dragonflies, grass snakes, water voles, brown long-eared bats and sparrow hawks and Sandwich & Pegwell Bay - see oystercatchers and curlews, redshank and little terns.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2018 Not tested

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Palm Bay

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Parking off Palm Bay Avenue.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome.

Beach cleaning

No current information