There’s nothing like heading off to far-flung locations with beautiful beaches when you need some rest and recuperation, but you don’t necessarily have to travel very far to spend time in a beautiful beach location if you don’t want to.
Here in the UK, we are lucky enough to have lots of quaint little seaside towns which are fantastic for short getaways and staycations at any time of the year (weather permitting of course).
Not convinced? Check out these fabulous UK seaside locations:
Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear
Less than a 30-minute car ride from Newcastle, Tynemouth is home to some beautiful beaches, including the wonderful Longsandsm which is perfect for surfers, and King Edward’s Bay which is home to some of the freshest, most amazing seafood you are ever likely to sample anywhere. Riley’s Fish Shack, in particular, is very popular with the local foodies and tourists, not only for its fresh fish but for the fabulous real ales it serves up too. Oh, and there’s a very pretty castle and ruined priory in the town, which is worth a look too.
You can’t mention beautiful UK beaches without mentioning Brighton which is known for its laid-back cosmopolitan culture, the stunning Royal Pavillion and some of the best weather you’re likely to find anywhere on this often dull and wet island. It’s also the capital of LBGTQ culture and a great place to sample quality English fish and chips. So, whatever you’re into, you’re sure to have a lot of fun there.
Skegness was once one of the most p[opular Uk holiday destinations, which is why there are so many excellent Skegness hotels still set up to serve tourists. If you’re looking for a cheap place to go with the whole family that’s close to the sea, it’s pretty hard to beat in terms of value and due to attractions like Fantasy Islands, Butlins and the Natureland Seal Sanctuary. The sand and sea aren’t bad either!
Portree (Isle of Skye), Inner Hebrides
If it’s beautiful and rugged landscapes, unspoiled beaches and pretty multicolored houses with friendly locals you’re looking for, then Portree is the only place for you. Home to fantastic restaurants like Scorrybreac, which serves fresh fish caught off the island that day and festivals like the Skye Live festival, it’s a great location for romantic getaways or fun family holidays.
There’s no denying that Porthmadog is an extremely picturesque little place with panoramic views of the Welsh coast. From the Vale of Ffestiniog to the Glaslyn River, whichever direction you look in, you will not be disappointed by what you see. As well as spending lots of time lounging beside the sea, you’ll want to take a trip up to the Snowdonia National Park, for stunning views that you won’t be able to get out of your head.
Blackpool gets a bad rap sometimes for being overrun with drunken stags and hens, but if you’re looking for donkey rides and ice cream on the beach and one of the best funfairs in the country, it’s hard to beat. Blackpool hotels are keenly priced too. Make sure you get a stick of rock while you’re there.
What is your favourite UK seaside town?