You're better off in Ramsgate if you want to avoid E. Coli this bank holiday weekend! As well as recommending the Millionaires' Playground for its water quality, the new Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide describes Ramsgate Main Sands as:
A popular sandy bay backed by high chalk cliffs and near a picturesque harbour. Children's amusements nearby make this an excellent family beach. The beach receives regular awards, and has been named as one of the 10 top beaches in the UK.
Even Margate manages to make it to the merde-free section this year, albeit with a slight skid mark on its gusset with a mention of 'tertiary discharge'. Eugh! No such luck for Viking Bay in Broadstairs though, which fails to get a recommendation, a sentiment with which the many people who have returned from a swim there only to find themselves fetching up with a touch of the old bubonic plague will no doubt concur.
What with Ramsgate's new Blue Flag and praise from the MPS, you'd better get down to the Cannes of Kent and grab your champagne cocktails before they're all gone!
Good Beach Guide 2010
Borries bring down the tone of Britain's beaches
Ramsgate gets the Blue Flag
Margate and Bottomy Bay in Times Top 40 Beach list