Brighton was an important fishing village in the 16th century, and could boast 400 fishermen and sixty boats. By the early 17th century Brighton had become the largest town in Sussex with a population of nearly 4,000 people. The 18th century saw the town become fashionable as a holiday destination with 2,000 visitors visiting the town each week.
Today there are not many places in the world like Brighton that manage to mix an old fashioned seaside resort with an up-and-coming cosmopolitan city. Brighton beach represents these two sides to the city's character perfectly, which is probably why it is such a popular city beach break destination, with over 8 million visitors a year.
The beach is a stony, in the English style, but there's so much going on on the beach front that really sets it apart from most visits to the seaside. You will find a great selection of cafés and bars where you can grab an ice cold drink or a bite to eat. The beach has been awarded a Blue Flag for environmental quality by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), so you can be safe in the knowledge you're swimming somewhere clean and safe.
If you fancy doing something a little more active, there are plenty of water sports and sailing activities for you to get involved in. There are courses for novices and for those who are more experienced. Equipment is available to hire and there are fully qualified instructors if you require them.
If water-sports aren't your thing, why not try the famous Monarch Way walk, which heads west along the seafront? It's a great way to take in the sea air and soak up the atmosphere of the seaside.
Brighton beach is also home to a famous nudist area, which is south of the easterly part of Kempton, so even the beaches in Brighton cater for everybody.
Don't forget that along the seafront you'll also find the famous pier and a marina, so the decision is yours, either sit and soak up the sun, ride a roller-coaster and eat candy floss on the pier or visit some discount stores at the marina.
As night falls the shore side becomes even more exciting, as the club and bars start to draw in the crowds. In between the arches of the Victorian beach front you can dance until dawn in some of the most famous clubs in Brighton, and also the country.