Scarborough is home to two delightful sandy beaches, split by the castle headland: Scarborough North and South Bay! Though Scarborough North Bay is less well-known, it offers a wonderfully relaxing day out compared to its more commercialised neighbour.
What is Scarborough North Bay like?
You can dip your toes in sparkling blue waters and relax upon the curving coastline. What’s more, the North Bay is far removed from traditional beach amenities, such as arcades and amusement parks. Therefore, it is a wonderful to spot to soak up the sun and breathe in the clean sea air without overwhelming your senses. Indeed, the beach has been understandably beloved for centuries, with tourists relaxing here in brightly coloured beach chalets since the 17th Century!
Scarborough North Bay is Blue Flag accredited, meaning its shimmering waters and sandy shoreline are notably pristine and safe. Therefore, it is a magnificent spot for families and water sport enthusiasts to enjoy a day out beside (or in!) the sea. From surfing and jet-skiing to paddling and pedalos, there’s something for everyone wishing to get their toes wet. At low tide, numerous rockpools are uncovered. Be sure to bring a bucket as these rockpools are known hot-spots for crabs! Though, be sure to be aware of tide times, as you could be cut off at high tide and the beach shrinks considerably.
However, for those who prefer to keep dry, the extensive sandy beach is just waiting to be explored. The clean sand is prime real-estate for your grand sandcastle creations as well as general mucking about. From the beach you are even able to spot the romantic ruins of Scarborough Castle, perched atop craggy cliffs. So be sure to pack a camera!
There is a Victorian promenade skirting the edge of the North Bay, which is suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users. The path is wide and even and is a excellent viewing point to watch over the beach. Numerous cafés and facilities nearby have disabled access toilets.
Further points of interest
Scarborough North Bay is conveniently located a short distance away from the fascinating Sea Life Centre. You can also enjoy a visit to the stunning oriental-themed park of Peasholm, or the North Bay Miniature Railway.
If you’re keen to stretch your legs, you can amble along the seafront toward Scarborough South Bay and be rewarded with splendid coastal views. For intermediate walkers, you can follow the famous Cleveland Way along to the wonderful Robin Hood’s Bay to enjoy all that the Yorkshire Coast has to offer.