Although not as world-renowned for its beaches as some countries in more tropical climes, England has plenty to offer in beauty, variety, and accessibility. Celebrated for their sweeping bays and long stretches of sand, many of these beaches are among the best in the country. With blue and turquoise waters and stunning scenery, England’s beaches are worth visiting. With so many to choose from, this article has rounded up a few of the most beautiful beaches in England so that you can choose one that suits your circumstances and style. 

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Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth is a seaside resort that offers many attractions for visitors. The most popular tourist attractions are Bournemouth Beach, Boscombe Pier and its historic Lighthouse, and Poole Harbor with its sandy beaches and water sports facilities. The beach is one of the most popular destinations for tourists because it offers views across the bay to Christchurch Harbor in one direction and towards Hengistbury Head in the other direction. Moreover, numerous hotels along the beachfront cater to a wide range of styles and budgets. When selecting a hotel on Bournemouth beach, you should consider what you want to get out of your trip. While this might sound like a straightforward exercise, many a vacation has been ruined without proper planning. Therefore, it is vital to understand what you are looking for in terms of:

  • Location
  • Budget
  • Amenities
  • Proximity to the beach
  • Facilities
  • Date of your visit (it can become extremely crowded during the summer)

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Blackpool Sands, Devon

Devon is a beautiful county in the southwest of England. It is home to some of the most stunning coastal scenery globally. The coastline stretches for over 120 miles and includes a variety of beaches, coves, cliffs, and estuaries. The coast has been inhabited since prehistoric times, with evidence of human occupation found all along its length. The Romans were one of the first outside groups to colonize Devon, and they built many settlements, including Exeter, a city still thriving today. However, Blackpool Sands takes the top spot here. The interestingly named Blackpool Sands are in South Devon, and discovering it for yourself is a real treat. Despite the name, Blackpool Sands offers crystal clear water and a variety of amenities nearby. It is also surrounded by a pinewood forest, giving it a real juxtaposition of scenery. In many ways, this beach resembles something you might find in any Mediterranean location. When the sun is shining, and the weather is sweet, you will understand why it is such a popular decision.

Brighton Beach

Brighton is a seaside resort on the south coast of England. It has many attractions and landmarks, such as the Royal Pavilion, the Brighton Pier, and Brighton Palace Pier. However, the beach is the place to be, as it is a place of beauty and tranquility, with a long history as a popular tourist destination. It is also the perfect location for those who want to enjoy some of the best seafood in England while nestled among gorgeous Victorian architecture. You can stroll lazily along the waterfront on a summer’s eve, stopping for a fish supper and an ice cream. Conversely, you could avail yourself of the numerous watersports activities ranging from windsurfing to kiteboarding (just ensure that you bring the right beach appeal). Once you have finished your day at the beach, you still have the city of Brighton to enjoy and explore.

Bamburgh Castle Beach

Bamburgh Castle Beach is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The beach is located on the Northumberland coast and has a stunning view of Bamburgh Castle. Once the seat of numerous Northumbrian kings, the sand-dune-backed Bamburgh Castle overlooks a pristine, sandy beach. It is also the perfect place for history buffs to spend some time as you can walk around the grounds and then onward towards the beach proper. Located around 50 miles north of Newcastle, it is highly accessible and a great place to spend a day or long weekend. Stag Rocks are also easily accessed from the beach by walking in a northerly direction. The rocks bear a white stag painted on them; hence the name is a fantastic place for amateur twitchers to enjoy the various species that race the beautiful blue skies. Several rock pools can be found here, as well as the most northern lighthouse on the mainland of England.

Pentle Bay, Scilly Isles

The Isles of Scilly are a group of islands off the coast of Cornwall and are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. The archipelago consists of over 140 islands and lies almost 30 miles off the coast. The Isles have a rich and diverse history, with many tales of pirates, smugglers, and wreckers. Visitors can explore the unique wildlife, abandoned villages, and beautiful scenery on these islands. When it comes to beaches, the isles have them in abundance (not surprising, seeing as they are islands). However, Pentle Bay stands out as one of the best examples. This beautiful beach is located on the eastern side of Tresco, a sheltered coast that offers visitors a chance to relax and enjoy everything that the sea has to offer. Nonetheless, one of the most attractive features of Pentile Bay is the fact that it is almost always deserted! 

Saunton Sands Beach

The final beach on this list is also located in the south and once again in the county of Devon. Saunton Sands Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the UK, with millions of domestic and international visitors every year. This beach has a lot to offer, including a beautiful sandy beach perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. There are also plenty of facilities nearby, such as restaurants, shops, and other tourist attractions. Moreover, it is a fantastic place to enjoy a range of water sports and is an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving.

There are many beautiful destinations in England. Beaches in England have their own charm, but the beaches in this post are particularly noteworthy. There are many options for your next beach vacation, from the Algarve-like Blackpool sands in Devon to the historic Bamburgh Castle Beach.

Article published by HOLR Magazine