When you think of going away to spend time on the beach, Britain probably isn’t your first thought. You’re more likely to think of Caribbean islands, the Maldives or the Mediterranean coast. But the beaches in the United Kingdom offer a unique, quintessentially British experience. They might not all have stretches of soft white sand and glistening turquoise waters. But there are many British beaches that make beautiful travel destinations. Don’t write off the beaches or Britain and Northern Ireland. Instead, open your mind and see how different a beach can be from the tropical ideal you imagine.
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales
The waters around Pembrokeshire are a beautiful emerald green. In fact, the entire Welsh coastline offers up stunning coastal walks and scenery. To get to Barafundle Bay beach, you walk along a clifftop path from the nearby Stackpole Quay, and then go through a stone archway. This sandy beach looks out towards the Bristol Channel. Backed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, it used to be a private beach. But it’s now an awe-inspiring location, open to the public.
In England’s east coast, the beach of Skegness is a popular holiday location. In fact, Lincolnshire has a number of amazing beaches that attract thousands of holidaymakers. As well as the sandy beaches and beautiful coastal waters, there are lots of very British activities to enjoy. From donkey rides on the beach to funfairs and arcade games, Skegness is perfect for a family holiday. Staying in a caravan is a popular option. Many people buy a static caravan from a provider such as www.eastcoastcaravansuk.co.uk. They put it in a caravan park and come back to it every year.
Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
If you want to go away somewhere remote, the Outer Hebrides are about as remote as you can get in the British Isles. The beach of Luskentyre is one of the few places in the islands that can boast proper white sand. The sparkling waters surrounding the island will take your breath away. This beach has previously been voted the best in Britain, and it’s easy to see why. It is a tranquil spot, unspoilt by tourists. People looking for a quiet location, instead of an action packed time, should visit Luskentyre and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Camber Sands, East Sussex
Camber Sands stretches for seven miles along the East Sussex coast and at low tide is half a mile wide, too. It’s soft sand and bracing winds make it a romantic location for long walks or sportier activities. Fly a kite in the breeze, ride a horse along the sand and feel the wind against your face as you stroll through the surf. This beach is great for kids too, with perfect sand for sandcastles and plenty of rock pools to explore.
Britain has plenty of beaches that will let you get in touch with nature. They might not be the beaches of Cancun, but if you visit at the right time you can even sunbathe and take a dip in the sea.