Great news for your Sussex seaside holiday! West Wittering and Littlehampton Coastguards Beach have been awarded Blue Flag status for 2013. The EU is continually raising standards so it really is an accolade to be proud of. Other beaches, such as Hastings, have Seaside Awards for their excellent facilities.
I also love the fact that these two offer such contrasts. Littlehampton Coastguards is more a town beach, with the sort of facilities and general bustle you would expect from its location. The broad expanse of West Wittering, on the other hand, is totally rural, much of it being a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its flora and fauna; it's mainly owned by local interests and the National Trust and its preservation, and preservation of the landscape and atmosphere, is paramount. I recently discovered that it's officially situated on the wonderfully-named Manhood Peninsular – yeah!
Being an optimistic soul, I believe we will have good beach weather this summer. My let-out clause is that 'good beach weather' means different things to different people. For families or groups of friends enjoying a summer holiday in Sussex, it probably means sunny weather for swimming in the sea, sunbathing and building sandcastles. But many holidaymakers will prefer slightly cooler weather to have a good swim, make the most of the watersports on offer or walk along the beach without frying. If yachts are your passion, picturesque Itchenor is one the places to indulge it and we have some stunning holiday cottages and larger properties to offer within easy reach.
Sussex beaches offer a great variety of landscapes to suit just about everyone. Some are fabulously, gloriously long and sandy like Camber Sands, absolutely perfect for a whole day out, a brisk walk, a long stroll, watersports, wildlife-watching, you name it. Other beaches are pebbly, which isn't such fun for small children but then not everyone likes to come home with sand pouring from every piece of kit; and a pebbly beach with a steeper shelf is often very good for swimming. If you're bringing the dog on holiday, do check the local by-laws as some beaches only allow dogs in the evenings and early mornings.