Europe is known for having some of the best beaches in the world, but did you know that the UK has some of its own. Bournemouth Beach recently came fourth in a poll of Europes Best Beaches and beat some of the more well known ones such as Beaches from the South of France, Croatia, Italy, infact only two from Turkey and one from Majorca come ahead of it.
It is easy to forget that the UK has the third biggest coastline in Europe just behind Norway and Greece, and it is more than double that of Spains and three times bigger than the French coastline, which gives us an advantage when it comes to sea side resorts. The UK may not have the Mediterean weather but it does have the beating of the Mediterean beaches. With all that in mind, we have compiled a number of Seaside resorts with beautiful beaches for you to browse through. If you would like to add to the list, please do.
Bournemouth is a coastal town in the county of Dorset with over seven miles of award winning beaches. Bournemouth Pier is one of the towns main landmarks and now houses a new restaurant.
St Ives is a seaside town in the county of Cornwall. St Ives has won “Best UK Seaside Town” on a number of occassions. The town has four beaches: Porthmeor a surfing beach, Porthgwidden a small sandy cove, Harbour by the working port and Porthminster which has almost half a mile of sand.
Bantham is in the county of Devon. Bigbury Bay itself is a shallow sandy bay, which makes Bantham an ideal beach for swimming and paddling for all the family. Owing to the natural topography of the bay, Bantham also has a reputation as one of the best surf beaches in Devon
Lyme Regis is a coastal town in the county of Dorset, and is nicknamed the “Pearl of Dorset”. Lyme Regis is well known for “The Cobb”, a harbour wall, full of character and history, the Cobb also separates Monmouth Beach and Cobb Gate Beach. One of the buildings on the Cobb has been converted to house a marine aquarium which displays local fish and marine life from the Jurassic coast.
Thorpeness is a coastal village in the town of Suffolk. An artificial lake, ‘meare’ or boating lake, was created in the village. In August the Meare serves as the location for the Thorpeness Regatta which takes place around the same time as the carnival in neighbouring Aldeburgh. During the day boat races are held and at night boats that have been decorated are paraded around the Meare followed by a grand fireworks display.
Arnside is a seaside village in Cumbria. It faces the estuary of the River Kent on the north eastern corner ofMorecambe Bay, within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With each high tide Arnside is subjected to a very fast rising tide. Because of the potential danger warning notices are posted at the pier, and an audible warning is sounded before every high tide (in daylight).
Abersoch is a village in the community of Llanengan in Gwynedd, Wales. Originally a fishing port, Abersoch is now a tourist centre specialising in dinghy sailing and other watersports such aswindsurfing and jet-skiing. Each year since 2000 Abersoch has been host to Wakestock a wakeboarding event. The Big Air competition on the main beach is held in July.
Trearddur Bay is a village off the north-west coast of Anglesey in Wales. On the two beaches—Porth Dafarch and the main beach—there are some shallow scuba diving sites, and the main beach is one of the tourist hotspots of Anglesey. There is excellent sea fishing in the area. Boat trips & fishing trips are available from the beach.
Whitby is a coastal town in the county of North Yorkshire. Whitby has a combined maritime, mineral and tourist heritage, and is home to the ruins of Whitby Abbey. Wind surfing, sailing and surfing take place off the beaches between Whitby and Sandsend and the area is visited by divers.
Camusdarach sits comfortably in one of the most scenic parts of the Scottish Highlands, between Arisaig and Mallaig on the Road to the Isles with great views over the Islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye.
Sanna bay, reached by the crossing at Corran Ferry (from the south)is the most westernly point of mainland Britain. Known for its wonderful beach and far fetching views across to ther islands of Rhim, Muck, Eigg and Canna. Also on display if your lucky are whales and dolphins as well as the local wildlife of sea eagles otters and pine martins.
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