Anna Lloyd-Morell: Herne Bay is a pocket-sized resort town, so small you can go from promenade shops to beach in about five hops. The prom boasts a clock tower, narrow formal flower beds and a nice collection of driftwood sculptures, none of which provide huge amounts of visual stimulation from the sea. Best to look out towards the pretty islanded ruins of the Victorian pier - the second longest in the UK until the late 70s, or eastward towards the high, medieval towers of Reculver.
Venture away from the prom towards the row of bright beach huts half a mile towards Whitstable and of an evening, the sunsets seem to really put on a show.
The main beach is flat, lacklustre, predominantly shingley and lacking in privacy from the main road. It is a clean beach, winning the Blue Flag award, and ignoring the surroundings, the sea feels as good, crisp and cold as it does anywhere from here down to the end of Thanet.