The UK’s best beaches to visit this summer

From riding the waves and going on donkey rides to searching for dolphins and munching on those all-important seaside fish and chips, these are the best beaches to visit this summer…

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    Enjoy watersports and wonderful sights at Bournemouth Beach

    Nestled beneath the most magnificent cliffs, Bournemouth is home to over 7 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, some of the warmest sea temperatures in all of the UK and a stunning view of the Isle of Wight. With something for everyone, whether you want to recline back and relax on a colourful deck chair, have a cool dip in the sea, or simply enjoy all the amusements and attractions with the family on the Pier, Bournemouth has it all. You can even partake in a few watersports, if thrill-seeking is more your thing.

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    Go surfing at Scarborough Beach

    With its soft sand, colourful promenade and prime sunbathing spots (always remember that SPF though), Scarborough beach is a big hit with locals and visitors alike. Split into two halves – North Bay and South Bay, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy, from exploring rock pools and rummaging around the arcades to munching on fish and chips and lounging around in the sun, this Yorkshire gem has it all.  

    As a general rule, South Bay tends to be slightly busier, mainly due to its prime location close to the town centre, whilst North Bay, despite being slightly further out is directly beside the Sea Life Centre, and is also Blue Flag certified, meaning it is one of the cleanest and most glorious beaches in all of Europe. Hurrah for cleanliness and beauty, right?!

    And, if all that wasn’t enough, did you know that Scarborough beach is also the premier surfing spot on the whole of the East Coast? So, if riding the waves is what you do best, you definitely need to make the trip to this little bit of Yorkshire paradise this summer. We’ll see you there!

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    Go dolphin spotting at Tunnels Beach, Devon

    If you’re in search of a beach trip with a difference, then Tunnels Beach in Devon is sure to be the place for you. Steeped in history and fascinating sights, this one tiny fishing village has been made into one of the most incredible tourist resorts. With its mesmerising blue waters and rugged rock pools, a day out here is sure to be truly unique.

    There’s plenty to see and do aside from the beach too. From taking the little ones to the indoor soft place to enjoying a fun-filled day out at the Watermouth Castle and Theme Park there’s something for everyone. And if you decide to do only one thing whilst you’re there, make sure it’s the Sea Safari where you can go in search of whales, porpoise and dolphins. Trust us, it’s truly magical!

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    Experience the traditional at Weston-Super-Mare Beach

    If it’s more of a traditional beach day that you’re after, full of delicious whippy ice-creams, scrummy fish and chips and gentle donkey rides up and down the beach, Weston-Super-Mare is the place for you. As one of the longest, naturally occurring beaches in the UK, tens of thousands of tourists flock to its golden sands each and every month and we can see why. A summer holiday hotspot, it’s definitely one to be ticked off your list.

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