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UK Staycations: Beach Edition

Here is a list of the best beach staycation destinations in the UK that you need to visit this summer 

collage of the best UK staycations

We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after what feels like a decade stuck indoorsConsidering we’re unsure whether we will be able to hop on a flight to the Caribbean or the Algarvewe need to start looking at some staycation options. There are so many beautiful places to visit in the UK, however, a beach and a tan may be imperative for many of us.

st ives cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

Cornwall

Port Isaac

Located on the Atlantic Coast in Cornwall, Port Isaac is a tiny little fishing village that’s just too beautiful to miss.  You can pop down to the historic harbour and see the local fisherman bringing in their catch of the day, wander through the tiny streets and explore the coastal walks that connect with the village itself. 

St. Michaels Mount - Marazion

St Michael’s Mount is another of Cornwall’s gems that you must see. Perched on its own tidal island, it’s possibly one of the most mesmerizing places to visit in England. This little slice of Cornish history that dates back centuries. Legend has it that a giant names Cormoran still inhabits the cave on the island. 

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is bound to instantly make you feel relaxed and at ease. Whilst visiting the beautiful beaches, you also need to make sure to hike across the gorgeous coast and stay at the Watergate Bay Hotel. This bay is also known for being one of the best surfing spots, so if you are a sea lover this beach is perfect for you! 

St. Ives

St. Ives has a magnificent tropical feel, especially during the warmer summer months. St. Ives also has a delightful town which you can roam after working up an appetite post surf and indulge in some of the best scones you’ll find in all of England.

Kingsgate - Kent

Kingsgate Bay in Kent is a sheltered sandy cove that will instantly make you fall in love. Backed with high white chalk cliffs on one side and Kingsgate Castle on the southern end, this beach will provide you with a sense of relaxation. The beach offers calm and seclusion, which makes it great for a family day out. The Captain Digby public house is nearby, a family friendly pub which overlooks the bay and has a children’s play area.  

jurassic coast beach at sunset

Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Jurassic Coast - Dorset

Dorset’s Jurassic Coast stretches out 95 miles along southern England, with towering white cliffs, disintegrating castles and old English pubs with locally brewed beer. This beautiful coast is not only the iconic representation of Great Britain, but is also part of the UNESCO world heritage. Whilst spending time in this historic coast you can explore rock pools in tiny coves and hunt for dinosaur fossils on crumbling beaches, or simply laze on the all-encompassing golden beaches. This is a great place to go visit for a long bank-holiday weekend. 

Isles of Sicily

These islands off the southwest coast of Cornwall are some of the most beautiful islands you will ever visit, without having to spend hundreds of pounds to fly out to some exotic destination. This archipelago is a treasure full of both natural and man-made wonders. From stunning beaches to colorful harbours, this is a great place to go and get in touch with nature as well as wind down. There is so much to love about these islands: wonderful seafood, enchanted ruined arches and copious amounts of flora and fauna. Summer is the perfect time to visit the Isles of Scilly to enjoy long beach days, beautiful light and plenty of outdoor activities. 

harlech castle in wales

Harlech, Wales

Wales

Wales is one of the most beautiful countries in the UK, with so much vegetation and plenty of beaches, here are some options to visit: 

Llanddwyn, Anglesey

Anglesey has recently been in the spotlight, as the royal couple have spent more time in their holiday home on the Welsh island. With its grow in popularity, we cannot deny that it has some of the most spectacular views, beaches and oysters. One of the must visit locations is Llanddwyn Island, located at on the far end of a pleasant beach near Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve, a hot spot for birdwatching and wildlifeLlanddwyn Island has a three-mile-long beach known as the “Beach of Romance,” so if you are looking for something a little more whimsical, this is the place for you.  

Three Cliffs Bay

Three Cliffs Bay is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most beautiful shorelines. Located in Swansea, its relatively quiet all year round as its scaling dunes make for a challenging stroll, but it’s definitely worth the hike. Past the mountainous green cliffs, you can admire the undulating stretch of sandy beaches. The bay is perfect for those who love horse riding and more often than not you’ll be able to spot the rare peregrine falcon sweeping overhead. Nearby, you can find the ruins of Pennard Castle, which lends itself to a beautiful picturesque and forgotten feel. According to legends, the castle has long been haunted by fairies, so if you’re up for a storybook trip, this bay will be perfect for you.  

Harlech, Gwynedd

Harlech is a seaside resort and community in the north of Wales. Its beaches are so huge that you’ll feel completely alone even on the busiest day. The beach’s major attractions are its clean golden sand, miles of rolling dunes and clean, safe water, ideal for adults and children to swim in. The town is beautiful with plenty of shops and restaurants to entertain your evenings, as well as a large castle towering over and overlooking the beach. 

brighton pier at sunset

Brighton

Brighton

Down on the south coast of the UK, Brighton is one of the best places to visit this summer. Famous for its pebble beaches, pleasure pier and its history as a center for hedonism, Brighton is bound to give you the best summer getaway of the year. The city is perfect for long walks on sunny afternoons and shopping on the Lanes and North Laine, with plenty of colorful independent shops to treat yourself.  

whitby seaside

Whitby

Whitby

Nothing screams summertime more that the smell of salty sea air and the sound of crashing waves on to a beach shore. Whitby is the perfect place to find this. With two phenomenal beachesWest Cliff Beach and Tate Hill Beach, an abundance of activities and plenty of Fish and Chip shops, Whitby will make your staycation one to remember. This family friendly town has plenty to offer, with West Cliff beach which offering donkey rides for the children during the summer season and Tate Hill Beach being dog friendly beachThere are also multiple arcades, fairground rides and vintage shops that will make your afternoons entertaining. You can also Climb (and count) the 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey and explore the beautiful ruins. Just as impressive as the Abbey’s striking structure are the beautiful views out to sea and over Whitby Town. 

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