The best beaches in the UK for a sandy staycation this summer!

With holidays abroad not being as simple and easy as they once were, 2021 looks to be the year of Staycations in the UK. With that in mind, here are some of the most popular beach destinations across the UK for your next holiday! P.S don’t forget your flip-flops

Three Cliffs Bay, Wales

Stunning limestone cliffs, sand dunes and great views are what attract people to Three Cliffs Beach year after year. Situated inside the Gower AONB in South Wales, it’s the perfect beach break for those in Wales!

Where to Stay: Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park

Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Possibly one of the most famous surfing spots in Cornwall, Fistral beach and its overlooking cliffs is a surfing playground for enthusiasts from across the UK! If you’re looking for an excuse to learn something new this summer, then take a trip to Fistral and learn to surf!

Where to Stay: Headland Hotel

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Holkham Beach seems endless when the tide is out, the miles and miles of sandy beach are perfect for a coastal trip this summer. Breathtaking and completely unspoilt, plus the surrounding pine woods adds some much-needed shade on particularly hot days!

Where to Stay: Poppyland Holiday Cottages

Southwold, Suffolk

Southwold beach with its 250-meter long pier makes for a great family beach break. Its pebbly sand, colourful beach huts and beach groynes let you know you’re on a truly British beach! The town & pier has every facility you’ll need, from restaurants to amusement arcades.

Where to Stay: Kessingland Beach Holiday Park


Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Barafundle Bay is a small bay surrounded by sand dunes, pine trees and stunning coastline. With no facilities and only accessible by foot it’s perfect for those looking for a quiet beach break this summer!

Where to Stay: Whitewell Cottage

Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

Small but truly breathtaking, the turquoise waters, sheer cliffs and white sand make this a bay to remember. The soft sand, freshwater stream and shallow waters make this a great beach for families too. Above the beach on the granite cliffs, you’ll find the amazing Minack Theatre, a unique open-air theatre that’s still used today, one of the most picturesque beaches in Cornwall!

Where to stay: The Cove Cornwall

Durdle Door, Dorset

Potentially one of the most photographed beaches in the UK. Durdle Door is unmistakable & unique with its impressive limestone arch in the cliffs. The surrounding bay makes the waters here crystal clear too, but beware, this small beach can be busy during the summer so getting here early and securing a good spot on the beach is best.

Where to stay: Durdle Door Holiday Cottages

Woolacombe Beach, Devon

Voted as the best beach in the UK and a consistent favourite amongst families and surfers, Woolacombe Beach is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in the UK! With three miles of golden sandy beach, you’ll be able to find a quiet spot – even during the busiest days. The town has every facility you can think of and there are endless accommodation options surrounding the area – perfect for family holidays.

Where to Stay: Woolacombe Beach Retreats


Have these beaches inspired you to book a staycation this summer? If you do, don’t forget to pack your Waves Flip Flops!

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