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12 Best UK Beaches for a Staycation Break

From stunning limestone formations, surfers paradise and long walks in nature reserves, there’s something for everyone.

With summer on the way, a staycation is a great way to explore new places closer to home. Here we list some of the most scenic beaches for a laid-back break.

Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands in South Devon

This ‘Blue Flag’ family beach is nestled in some of South Devons most stunning natural scenery and boasting pristine turquoise blue waters. Located on the South Devon heritage coast just 3 miles West of Dartmouth, this is a great spot to unwind on sunny days. The venue has the on-site Venus Beach Cafe which is open daily and offers hearty breakfasts and light lunches to gorgeous views of the ocean.  Also serving a selection of local wines, ales and ciders. 

📍 Blackpool Valley Road Nr, Dartmouth, TQ6 0RG
📞 +44 1803 771800 / Website>

Sennen Cove Beach


Senner Cove Beach offers a warm atmosphere and stunning picturesque views. This top rated surf destination is also a great spot for sun bathing (weather permitting) which is regularly depending on the tidal movements. The granite cliffs below also offer fantastic views and is a popular spot for climbers. Head to the lookout point located at the southern end of the bay for stunning views. Stay at the Old Success Inn, a 17th century fisherman’s inn offering stunning views of the cove. Refuel at the Surf Beach Bar serving burgers, pizza and pasta.

📍 Sennen, St Just, Cornwall, TR19 7DG
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Holkham Beach

Photo: Holkham estate / Instagram

Holkham Beach boasts stunning and unspoilt stretches of sand and a fantastic beach. When the tide reaches big highs, it fills the half-circular shaped basin which produces a wonderfully scenic shallow lagoon. Holkham also boasts one of the largest Nature Reserves in the country, which is home to rare species of flora and fauna.

📍 Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB
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Durdle Door

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Durdle Door is located on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset and boasts an iconic landscape. Formed from a layer of hard limestone is the picturesque arch rock formation located a 15-minute walk from the beach. Walking the coast path to the east of Durdle Door brings you to the stunningly picturesque  Lulworth Cove, a secluded and stunning area off the Jurassic Coast.

📍 West Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5PU
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Polzeath Beach

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Polzeath Beach is an award winning beach near Wadebridge that is popular with holidaymakers and surfers due to its easily accessible location and long slow breaking consistent waves. Suitable for all skill types, the wetsuited surfers all wait to catch the perfect next wave, and you might spot the occasional sightings of dolphins and seals. 

📍 Polzeath Beach, Polzeath, Cornwall
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Bantham Beach


South Devon’s Bantham Beach is a great place for a summer holiday staycation. Boasting stunning beaches that are great for proper bucket and spade holidays. Many of the beaches have been awarded for cleanliness and safety with Bantham Beach considered one of the best in the area that ticks all right the boxes for a seaside staycation.

📍 Nr Kingsbridge, Modbury, Devon
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Studland Bay


A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. The beaches at Studland are called Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach. All are owned by the National Trust. Ideal for water sports and boasts the most popular naturist beach in Britain. The heathland behind the beach is also a haven for native wildlife.

📍 Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset, BH19 3AQ
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Beer beach


Beer Beach is located in the scenic fishing village of Beer, a short journey from Seaton town. This stunning family-friendly beach offers picturesque views and stunning views. Specially designed boats regularly take-off from the beach for mackerel fishing trips. There are also popular coastal walking trails to be had heading towards Branscombe and Seaton along the South West Coast Path.

📍 Fore Street, Beer, Beer, Devon, EX12 3EQ
📞 +44 1297 21660 / Website>

Saunton Sands


Saunton Sands forms an integral part of North Devon’s golden coast with a picturesque sandy beach with the backdrop of the stunning UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Braunton Burrows. Popular with holidaymakers and surfers thanks to its long stretch of water making it a great place for swimming and surfing. The beach also offers a variety of food vendors and shops.

📍 Saunton, Devon, EX33 1LQ
📞 +44 1271 890771 / Website>

Sandwood Bay

Photo: John Muir Trust / Youtube

Sandwood Bay in Kinlochbervie is located on the north-west tip of Scotland and boasts an unspoilt beach with nearly 1.5 miles of wide pink sand  flanked by cliffs and backed by massive sand dunes and a loch. The remote location means it is only accessible by foot on a 4-mile flat path from the gravel car park at the hamlet of Blairmore.

📍 Sandwood Bay, Kinlochbervie
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Rhossili Bay beach


This stunning beach in Wales boasts 3 miles of sandy shores and features one of Gower’s most famous landmarks, Worms Head.  Rhossili Bay has been voted Wales’ Best Beach 2018 and 3rd in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Rhossili Bay is accessed via steps from the small village of Rhossili.

📍 Rhossili, Gower, SA3 1PP  
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Barafundle Bay


This beach offers stunning views of unspoiled coastline. Backed by sand dunes and with high cliffs on either side, the east-facing bay provides natural protection from the elements making it an ideal spot for a walk or picnic. The nearest car park is half a mile away at Stackpole Quay so you will have to get their by foot, but it is well worth the short walk.

📍 Stackpole Quay National Trust car park, SA71 5LS
📞 +44 1834 862 400 / Website>

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