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The South coast hosts some of the "best" beaches

The South coast has some of the best beaches in the country Photo:

The Marine Conservation Society has compiled the "Good Beach Guide 2014", testing the water quality at beaches across the UK.

The following beaches (in alphabetical order) were given a Recommended status, meaning the water quality there was excellent:

Birling Gap - East Dean - East Sussex

Bognor Regis - East - West Sussex

Botany Bay - Broadstairs

Bracklesham Bay - West Sussex

Brighton Central

Brighton Kemptown

Broadstairs - Stone Bay

Bournemouth Alum Chine

Bournemouth Durley Chine

Bournemouth Fisherman's Walk

Bournemouth Hengistbury West

Bournemouth Pier

Bournemouth Southborne

Bowleze Cove - Weymouth

Calshot - Lymington - Hampshire

Camber Rye - East Sussex

Christchurch Bay - Bournemouth

Christchurch Avon Beach

Christchurch Friar's Cliff

Christchurch Mudeford Sandbanks East

Church Ope Cove - Weymouth

Colwell Bay Totland - Isle of Wight

Compton Bay - Isle of Wight

Cowes - Isle of Wight

Deal Castle - Deal Kent

Dover Harbour

Dymchurch New Romney - Kent

Durdle Door East

Durdle Door West

Eastbourne - East Sussex

Eastney Portsmouth

Eastoke Portsmouth

Felpham Bognor Regis

Folkestone - Kent

Great Stone Beach New Romney

Gurnard - Cowes

Herne Bay

Hillhead - Fareham

Highcliffe - Christchurch

Hove

Hove West - Brighton

Hythe - Kent

Joss Bay - Broadstairs

Lee on Solent

Lepe - Soton

Leysdown - Sheerness

Littlehampton - West Sussex

Lulworth - Weymouth

Margate Fulsam Rock

Middle-on-Sea - Bognor Regis

Milford-on-Sea - Bournemouth

Minnis Bay

Minster Lees - Sheerness

Normans Bay - Bexhill

Pagham - Bognor Regis

Pevensey Bay - Eastbourne

Poole Branksome Chime

Poole Canford Cliffs Chime

Poole Harbour Lake

Poole Harbour Rockley Sands

Poole Sandbanks Peninsular

Poole Shine Road Beach

Portland Harbour Castle Cover

Portland Harbour Sandfort Castle

Preston Beach - Weymouth

Ramsgate Sands

Ramsgate West Undercliff

Ringstead Beach - Weymouth

Ryde

Saltdean - Newhaven

Sandgate - Folkestone

Sandown - Isle of Wight

Sandwich Bay

Seagrove - Ryde - Isle of Wight

Selsey

Sheerness

Shell Bay North - Poole

Shoebury East

Shoeburyness

Southend Chalkwell

Southend Thorpe Bay

Southend Three Shells

Southend West Cliff Bay

Southsea (300m west of EC site)

Southwick - Brighton

St Helens - Bembridge - Isle of Wight

St Leonards - Hastings

St Margaret's Bay - Dover

St Mildred's Bay - Westgate

Stokes Bay - Gosport

Studland Knoll House - Swanage

Tankerton - Whitstable

Totland Bay - Isle of Wight

Ventnor

West Bay - Westgate

West Beach - Whitstable

West Wittering - Chichester

Westbrook Bay - Margate

Weymouth Central

Whitecliff Bay - Bembridge

Winchelsea - Rye

Worthing

Yaverland - Sandown