Thinking of a beach holiday? You might want to head to Spain, Cyprus or Portugal... or simply to the coast of the UK. We're certainly not famous for our beaches, but we really should be. From the dazzling Durdle door in Dorset to the illustrious surf spots in Cornwall, here are some of the best in the UK that prove a staycation isn't such a bad idea...

 

Pedn Vounder Beach, Cornwall

Reachable only by boat or a 15-minute hike, this gorgeous sandy cove is one of Cornwall's treasures.

Overlooking Pedn Vounder Beach from Treen Cliffs Cornwall England UK

Blackpool Sands, Devon

Found in South Devon, this beach offers a stunning backdrop of countryside combined with stunningly clear water to dip in.

A sunny seascape with people enjoying the beach in Blackpool Sands, Devon.

Durdle Door, Dorset

One of the UK's most popular coastal landmarks, this beach is worth a visit any time of year as it always looks spectacular. 

The famous rock arch at Durdle Door Dorset England UK

Bantham Beach, Devon

Feauturing clean pale sand and gorgeous turqoise rockpools, this is a paradise for surfers. You can even walk all the way to Burgh Island!

Burgh Island as seen from Bantham Devon England UK Europe

Uig Beach, Scotland

Found on the Isle of Lewis, this beach offers a gorgeous cerulean shoreline and beautiful clean sand. The incredibly calm scenery here offers a fascinating escape from city life.

Low tide at Uig Beach on the Isle of Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides in Scotland

Porthmeor Beach, Cornwall

Incredibly popular with surfers and families alike, this award winning beach offers a great day out, with the lovely St. Ives providing a wonderful town to explore too.

Overlooking the golden sandy Porthmeor Beach St Ives Cornwall England with The Island headland in the distance.

Polzeath, Cornwall

One for the early risers, this gorgeous beach offers a stunning oceanscape bracketed by dramatic cliffs. Perfect for surfing, watersports and sunsets.

The Early Riser Polzeath Beach North Cornwall

Barafundle Bay, Wales

Found in the South of Wales, the hugely popular Barafundle Bay is a wonderful sandy beach with equally as astounding cliffs to hike across.

Overlooking the stunning beach at Barafundle Bay on the Pembrokeshire coast of South Wales UK Europe

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

One of Newquay's most popular spots for familiies and surfers, Fistral provides a long stretch of sand that looks out over the ocean.

Overlooking Fistral Beach Newquay Cornwall England UK

Studland Bay, Dorset

A pristine piece of land, with white, sandy beaches and milky-blue waters. The perfect place to enjoy the rare UK sun and make life-long memories with your children.

Studland Bay Dorset

Maybe a UK break isn't such a bad idea after all! Explore some of our charming coastal properties in the UK here.