Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

With experts saying that summer 2017 is going to be a hot one and people uncertain about Brexit and the Eurozone there has never been a better time to holiday in the UK.

For those people who enjoy beach holidays the UK have some marvellous beaches with golden sands and clear waters. Here's our list of 10 of the best beaches in the UK.

 

Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

Woolacombe in North Devon holds the 'England for Excellence Gold Award' for the best family resort and was also the winner of TripAdvisor's 2016 best beaches in Britain award.

This beautiful and serene resort lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point. It's almost three mile long stretch of golden sand is renowned for its cleanliness, water quality and local activities - including a number of traditional family pubs.

Local life guards ensure safe family swimming during the summer months and surfers come from all over the country to enjoy the large waves and clean water.

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

Weymouth Beach is a three mile beach just a few minutes from Weymouth town centre and historic harbour.

There's lots of entertainment on offer from traditional attractions such as Punch & Judy and donkey rides, to more lively events such as beach volleyball championships, live music and free summer firework displays..

Many visitors enjoy strolling along the level promenade or on the sands during the quieter months, take part in the Christmas "Chase the Pudding" race or just relax in the sunshine on a summers day.

 

St Brelade's Bay Beach, St Brelade, Jersey

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

Visit the beautiful St Brelade’s Bay for classic Jersey sunbathing, or explore a little further to discover your own sheltered hideaway at coves like Beauport and Portelet.

A real suntrap on the south coast, once you’ve trekked down the steep path from the car park and crossed the pebbles, you’ll reach a sheltered south-facing beach with golden sand and shallow turquoise water, ideal for swimming and paddling.

 

Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Swansea

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

Breathtaking Rhossili bay, with its three mile long sandy beach, is overlooked by the Old Rectory, the most popular National Trust holiday cottage. Visible on the beach at low tide are the remains of the Helvetia, a ship wrecked in 1887.

From the top of Rhossili Down, the highest point on Gower, views of the peninsula can be seen as well as across the sea to West Wales, Lundy Island and the north Devon coast. The south Gower coast hosts many rare plants and birds including yellow whitlow grass and choughs

 

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

St Ives is considered to be the 'jewel of the South West' and the sandy shoreline of Porthmeor is a haven for surfers and a firm favourite with families looking for a fun day out by the sea.

Situated in the shadow of the iconic Tate St Ives building, sandy Porthmeor is popular with surfers and swimmers alike in an ideal location just a stones' throw from the centre of St Ives where you’ll find ancient pubs, trendy cafes and art galleries.

 

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

Home to the annual Boardmasters festival, Fistral Beach in Newquay is one of the most visited surfing beaches in the UK and Europe.

Fistral is the perfect family beach offering simple pleasures of sea and surf combined with first class beach and seafront facilities - and a view to match.

 

Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

This crescent of golden sand, framed by a glittering bay, has glorious views across to Godrevy Lighthouse, and provided inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s famous novel ‘To the Lighthouse’.

With the benefit of the mildest climate in the UK along with waving palm trees and translucent waters, there is a definite tropical feel to this hidden gem.

 

Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

It’s the golden beach staycationers rave about and billed as a great place for surfing, snorkelling, sailing and generally splashing around.

Perranporth Beach is easily accessible which is ideal if you’ve got young ones in tow - just put down your beach towels and relax.

The famous beach cafe, The Watering Hole, serves snacks and drinks throughout the main holiday seasons.

 

Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

Hengistbury Head is a relatively unspoilt and south-facing pebble beach in sunny Bournemouth, decorated with imposing clay and ironstone cliffs.

As well as a famed geological hotspot known for its archaeology, Henhistbury is also widely visited for its outstanding wildlife and grassland habitats.

 

Luskentyre, Isle of Harris

10 of the Best Beaches in the UK for that perfect Staycation

Lukentyre sands is found on the west coast of South Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

One of the largest and most spectacular beaches on Harris, Lukentyre sands boasts miles of white sand and stunning green-blue water.

Stunning scenery includes wonderful sand dunes and the island of Taransay, famous for being the setting of the BBC’s Castaway. Nearby activities include hillwalking, cycling and much more.

 

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