Marine Drive, a beautiful Victorian promenade, links the North Bay and South Bay. This link is useful for those who prefer to stay in North Bay, but take the bus into South Bay, and vice versa. So why would you want to travel between the two? What does one have that the other doesn’t?
Known as the quieter side, the North Bay area is for those who really want to get away from it all and stay in peace and quiet. The attractions of South Bay are just on their doorstep, so they can have the best of both worlds, however. In fact, with North Bay becoming famous for its excellent surfing, it could be said that this side of town is the up and coming one. Natural, un-built up coastline, with plenty to do in the area, North Bay visitors love this location. There are rock pools at low tide, making it a favourite with little ones.
They have Peasholm Park on their doorstep, with its battle re-enactments, and boat hire. There is the Sea Life Centre, famous, Open Air Theatre, and the North Bay Railway, which runs to Scalby where the Sea Life Centre is located. Children love the railway. A golf club, with stunning views graces the North Bay, and is well used in all year round. North Bay has colourful chalets, and quiet tearooms. Children and surfers love the waves, so there is no shortage of youngsters around. You can take cliff top walks, or just walk along the beach. RNLI qualified lifeguards patrol the beach throughout the summer.
If you want a traditional seaside holiday, with donkeys and ice creams and penny arcades, fish and chips and sand castles, then South Bay will be a perfect choice for you. The beaches in both the North and South Bays are some of the cleanest in the country, which is why their popularity endures. In South Bay you will find an abundance of amusements and activities in Foreshore Road and Sandside. There are cafes and restaurant, souvenir shops and amusement arcades. It is impossible to get bored here.
Sea sports include windsurfing and sailing, and the beach is perfect for building extensive castle complexes – families compete to make the biggest! The rocky promontory towers high above the beach, with the 11th-century ruins of Scarborough Castle standing sentinel, as a reminder of the towns historic past. Modern day renovations include the addition of the Albert Strange Pontoons in the harbour, a more visitor friendly promenade and all-round updating of facilities and services. Scarborough always moves with the times, whilst retaining its essentially traditional Victorian seaside feel.
Which to Choose?
There is really no need to choose which bay you want to spend more time in. The buses connecting North and South Bays run every twenty minutes, so you can have a traditional day out at the beach one day, and a visit to North Bay attractions the next. If you enjoy walking, you can walk between the two – it is about 2.6 miles. Whichever Bay you choose, be sure to sample the entertainment in the other to get the full Scarborough experience.