St Annes beach is justly famous for its extensive golden sands, and because the sea lies a good way out, and the tidal race is slow and gentle, it is an ideal place for small children and families.
On the beach you can still find the traditional donkey rides which have suffered very little from the march of time.
In 2007, the towns beach was honoured with a quality coast award. These awards celebrate the diversity and superb standards around England's coastline. St Annes beach is the only one in Lancashire to be recognised and has been honoured for being an ideal place for sandcastle building and paddling.
Every Quality Coast Award beach has to meet strict criteria including clean sands free of litter and dog fouling, good physical condition free from graffiti and vandalism and any facilities must be clean and in good working order. The Quality Coast Awards are run by ENCAMS - the independent charity behind the Keep Britain Tidy campaign and environmental programme Eco-Schools.
In recent years the beach has become increasingly popular with Kite Surfers. A dedicated kite shop has recently opened its doors, based at the former International Sand Yacht Club. Sand Yachting was once a major sport for the town but was suspended in 2002 after a fatal accident. Campaigners are hoping to have the sport reinstated in 2010.
Towards the northern end of the beach lie the rolling sand dunes which form natural sea defences for clifton drive. The dunes are a protected area, as the are the habitat of several rare species of grasses & plants.