Top Picks for Best UK Beaches

Top Picks for Best UK Beaches

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Nothing can make us relax more completely than spending a day on the beach. 

There's something so wonderfully calming about lying on your towel, toes digging into the sand, a good book in hand, and the sound of the waves gently lapping the shore.

Here in the UK we are so lucky to have some of the most picturesque beaches to choose from, whether it’s to take your furry friends out for a stroll, or to while an entire day away in the sunshine with a cool box under a brolly - we are truly spoilt for choice.

We have created a list of our best loved beaches and the properties we recommend to stay in while holidaying in the area.

So let your imagination go to the cool, crystal-clear surf, crunchy white sand and sunshine.....and we'll do the rest.




1. Blackpool Sands Beach, South Devon

Blackpool Sands Beach is a Blue Flag Award-winning beach and can be found in a sheltered bay near Dartmouth, South Devon. Situated on the South West Coast Path in an area of outstanding beauty, it is definitely a must for families and visitors to the area.

2. Carbis Bay Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

Carbis Bay Beach is one of Cornwall’s finest and lies in close proximity to the charming town of St Ives. This beautiful white sandy beach faces north east across Carbis Bay, is sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds, and is very popular with families.

3. Shanklin Beach, Isle of Wight

Backing onto a timeless English seafront promenade, Shanklin Beach is a one of the Isle of Wight’s best known stretches of golden sands. The beach is located on the south east coast of the Isle of Wight and is a traditional 'bucket and spade' family beach holiday destination.

4. Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

Porthcurno Beach is situated on the south coast of Cornwall between Lands End and Penzance. This soft, sandy beach faces south east, and is tucked into a cove with rocky headlands on either side. It is cleaned daily and is perfect for spending the whole day on with the family.

5. Putsborough Sands Beach, North Devon

Set in a picturesque location between Croyde and Woolacombe on the North Devon coast, Putsborough Sands is a large sandy beach that forms the southern section of Woolacombe Sands. Popular with surfers and beach-goers alike, Putsborough is the only beach in the area to have some protection from prevailing winds.

6. Durdle Door Man 'O War Beach, Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Durdle Door with its limestone arch is a geological marvel, and it is a popular destination on the Jurassic Coast. This secluded cove is perfect for picnicing and relaxing on, and in the summer months its aquamarine waters attracts swimmers and snorkelers.

7. Goodrington Sands, Paignton, South Devon

This mainly sandy beach is situated in front of the popular Youngs Park in Goodrington, Paignton. The calm waters are perfectly suited to paddling and swimming, and when the tide is low, the exposed rock pools are a great way to keep the younger members of the family entertained.

8. Bigbury-on-sea, Bigbury, South Devon

Found in an an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of the Uk's best beaches, Bigbury On Sea. This lovely family beach is a 40 minute drive from Dartmouth, and is popular with kite boarders and windsurfers too. Shallow water makes for perfect paddling conditions.

9. Slapton, Torcross, South Devon

This long pebble beach with its clam, crystal clear water, is a must for visitors to the area. The long beach has a distinctive Mediterranean feel, and there is plenty of room to set up your brolly, towels and cool box - even during the popular summer months.

10. Whitby West Cliff Beach, North Yorkshire

Whitby West Cliff Beach has a Blue Flag and a Quality Coast Award to its name and is always a favourite with the bucket and spade brigade. Lined with colourful beach huts, this beach has plenty of space for kite flying, paddling and ball games.
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