South Bay Beach

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South Bay Beach featuring a coastal town and a bay or harbour

Marvel at the dynamic setting of this traditional British coastal resort, where you will find arcade games, a harbor and boutiques.

South Bay Beach is the livelier of Scarborough’s main sandy stretches. The Castle Headland provides shelter from the northern winds, enabling excellent sunbathing conditions. Scarborough Castle stands at the northern part of the beach, while Scarborough Spa borders the south edge. Traverse the sandy bay in style with a traditional donkey ride.

Let your kids swim in the calm water, which is patrolled in summer by lifeguards. First aid centers and changing facilities also help to make the beach a safe place for families. Bring the children to the amusement arcades that have become a traditional pastime in this coastal town.

Build sandcastles with your kids and go beachcombing for marine treasures in rock pools that appear during low tide. Crabs, fish and sea stars populate the small pools of water. Join locals in a game of soccer or volleyball.

Reach Scarborough Harbour, which stands at the northern point of the beach. Pick out your favorite yachts, as you amble along the pier. The harbor is hidden just beneath the picturesque Castle Headland. Gaze up at the ruins of Scarborough Castle that loom over the harbor.

Visit Terror Tower, a haunted house attraction facing the beach. It uses actors, animation and lights to create a frightening experience. Recognize characters from your favorite horror movies on replicas of film sets. Enjoy a meal at one of the area’s many restaurants and pubs, where you’ll find fish and chips on the menu.

Stay for sunset and capture photos of the changing hues of the sky. Make your way to the nearby bars and restaurants that help the town come alive at night.

Walk east for 10 minutes from Scarborough Railway Station to reach South Bay Beach. It is beside several important attractions, such as the Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Borough Council, in the southeastern section of the city. Leave the car in the underground parking under Spa Bridge or the spaces beside the Scarborough Spa.

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