Renew Your Romance with Britain’s Beautiful Beaches
You can blame it on global warming or just temperamental weather patterns but for the past couple of years our seasons have been … different. There’s also been a subtle shift in our choice of holiday destination. These days, more and more people are opting for local holiday destinations instead of exotic faraway destinations that were in vogue for so many years.
Local tourist attractions and establishments have taken note by upping the ante and providing more of the things we enjoy while holidaying abroad, and then some.
Beach holidays are still all about sun, fun and good times, but the action is all along our shores. So let’s take a look at our gorgeous coastline and reacquaint ourselves with the glorious seaside towns and what they’ve got on offer. In short, let’s renew the romance and fall in love with our fabulous beaches all over again.
Variety and all that
Hotels, bed and breakfasts and camping sites – you name it, they’ve all gone the whole nine yards to make sure your staycation exceeds expectations whether you’re a summer, spring, autumn or winter traveller.
The great thing about having so many things to see and do is that it’s not the end of the world if there are a few rainy days. There are plenty of rainy day activities, including visiting magnificent cathedrals and art galleries, exploring undercover farmer’s markets and biospheres, and touring sculpture gardens and stately homes.
However, let’s face it, the attraction of a beach holiday is the beach, so let’s take a look at four of the best UK beaches for your summer holiday.
Cornwall on the north coast near Newquay
Here you will discover the beach of the golden sands of Watergate Bay, where you can experiment with some extreme activities like kite surfing, sand-yachting and wave ski-kayaking or you can just watch the activity while enjoying the delicious dishes at the Jamie Oliver’s renowned restaurant, Fifteen Cornwall.
This stunning, laid-back fishing village is situated at the mouth of the Percuil River which flows into Falmouth Bay. Don’t be fooled by the laid-back atmosphere, as the place is abuzz with a party crowd who fly in by helicopter or catch the overnight train from Paddington for long weekends. Sailing is the main attraction with weekly races and regattas, culminating in the much-anticipated Falmouth Week in August.
Take the kids on a ferry ride to or from Falmouth to get a closer look at the grand yachts and less-grand dinghies, fishing boats and rowers. There are rock pools on two small beaches which is always a treat for the kids. Designer boutiques and fantastic gardens add to the allure of St Mawes as a hotspot.
The beaches of north Devon may be wilder and more windswept than the other destinations, but that just makes them a favourite for surfing enthusiasts (recreational and professional) perfecting their surfing techniques. Saunton Sands beach has been recognised by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and has 1,500 acres of dunes offering a wide variety of activities which allow you to discover nature in her pristine splendour.
South Devon can hold its own against any other coastline in the world. The crescent beaches of Salcombe hug a gentle sea for tranquil swimming or being lulled to sleep on the beach to the softly lapping sounds of the waves. You can take a boat ride across to Mill Bay where at low tide you’ll be able to play around in the pools, or take a long leisurely walk to more secluded coves further along the South West Coast Path. Remember to take a good pair of hiking shoes on the excursion. For a magnificent view of the estuary and fabulous food be sure to check out the hotel in South Sands Bay, just outside Salcombe or the Salcombe Harbour Hotel.
Before you head out to any of these glorious beaches make sure you have taken out travel insurance, so that you can relax knowing that in addition to a glorious seaside holiday along the coast of the UK, you’re covered in the event of anything that might cause an upset on your holiday.