With just a month to go now until the longest day of the year, many timeshare owners will be heading off to sunny shores soon – including the ones close to home.
It’s no coincidence that Devon and Cornwall are two of the UK’s most popular timeshare destinations – Britain has plenty of idyllic beaches which could give some of the Med resorts a run for their money.
So with bikini and surf season around the corner, we highlight Tripadvisor’s top 25 British beaches – from the best known to the more remote – for 2013:
1) Rhossili Bay, Swansea
Offering spectacular views and boasting three miles of gorgeous golden sands, beaches don’t come much better than this. Popular with surfers, this beautiful beach is regularly featured in lists of the world’s top ten.
2) Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe
The breathtaking Woolacombe bay is also another three-mile extravaganza, and is perfect for trying out watersports. On the beach, there are plenty of British favourites, including fish and chip shops and ice creams galore.
3) Porthminster Beach, St Ives
Tucked away in Britain’s most south-westerly corner, this is Britain at its finest. With yellow sands and vivid green seas, this beach also benefits from being just minutes away from the centre of St Ives.
4) Longsands Beach, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
This rugged beach boasts sweeping dunes and plenty of dramatic landscape – think craggy rocks and cliffs galore. Just a ten minute walk from Cullercoats Metro station and Tynemouth Metro station, this is an easily accessible slice of paradise.
5) Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth
One for any nature fan, this headland is renowned for its diverse wildlife and has been declared a Local Nature Reserve. The picturesque spit of sand is also home to 300 privately-owned beach huts, with one recently selling for £170,000.
6) Fistral Beach, Newquay
One of the country’s most iconic beaches, Fistral is renowned across Europe as being one of the best surfing beaches around. This beautiful beach is backed by sweeping rocks and cliffs and enjoys a laid-back vibe.
7) Weymouth Beach, Weymouth
The town of Weymouth boasts a gently curving arc of golden sands, with the bay offering spectacular views out to the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. Younger children will enjoy all the British beach favourites, including Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides and arcades.
8) Sandbanks, Poole
Sandbanks is a small peninsular which more than makes up for size with its vast luxury. The area is one of the world’s most expensive places to live, and for good reason – the golden beach enjoys a shallow bay, which allows you to walk almost 200 yards into the sea.
9) Filey Beach, Filey
Based in a traditional English seaside resort, this North Yorkshire beach is perfect for getting away from it all. Set in a wide bay, this long, sandy beach is the perfect base for exploring the Sculpture Trail, promenade and all that the local area has to offer.
10) St Brelade’s Bay Beach, Jersey
Set in a stunning location, this beach is Jersey’s busiest and most popular. With a tiny jetty, small parish church, golden sands and south facing beach, St Brelade’s also happens to be a sun worshiper’s paradise.
11) Nairn Beach, Nairn
Fringed by dunes and grasslands, this Scottish retreat has often been voted as Scotland’s best beach. The beach offers beautiful views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isles and is also home to a local school of dolphins.
12) Luskentyre, Isle of Harris
With miles of white sands and crystal clear waters year-round, you could be forgiven for forgetting that you were standing on a British beach. The beach is set in the wild Outer Hebrides, making it the ideal place for adventurers – the kite surfing here is some of the best you’ll find.
13) Perranporth Beach, Perranporth
This long stretch of sandy beach is based less than ten miles away from Newquay. Backed by sand dunes and dramatic cliffs, this is a popular destination for families and surfers alike.
14) Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig
Based on the west coast of Scotland, this stunning arc of white sand offers some truly breathtaking views. Sit and watch the waves roll in as you look out to the horizon – you’ll see Skye’s Cuillin Hills, and the tabletop uplands of Eigg.
15) Slapton Sands, Dartmouth
Slapton Sands is a beautiful, peaceful shingle beach which lets you escape the world. The area is backed by a nature reserve, making it the perfect trip for nature lovers, keen walkers and families alike.
16) Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull, Outer Hebrides
Nestled in the north-west corner of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Calgary Bay is renowned as one of the finest beaches in Scotland. The area is backed by a large grassy meadow, while the bay itself is home to a spectacular array of flora and fauna.
17) Shell Beach, Herm, Guernsey
Based on the tiny island of Herm, Shell Beach is a beautiful, unspoiled stretch of golden sands. Located three miles from the coast of Guernsey, this is the perfect beach break for families or couples looking to get away from it all.
18) Viking Bay, Broadstairs
This beautiful horse-shoe shaped bay is one of the country’s finest. The sandy beach is just 150 metres long, while the area also boasts a small harbour and some fairground rides, making it perfect for young families.
19) Holkham National Nature Reserve, Wells-next-the-Sea
With unspoiled beaches and beautiful wooded areas, Holkham Nature Reserve is great for hikers or ramblers looking for a new destination. Be sure to take your binoculars for a spot of bird watching.
20) Balmedie Beach, Aberdeen
Wander through the sand dunes to find the sweeping Balmedie beach, where you can watch the waves come crashing in. One of Scotland’s longest beaches, this beautiful stretch of coastline runs for 14 miles.
21) East Durham Coast, Durham
Blow away the cobwebs by wandering along this stretch of beach, which is home to plenty of wildlife and some spectacular views. Enjoy the wild, windswept cliffs and the picturesque villages.
22) Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes, Bridgend
Wild and rugged, this is one of Britain’s most romantic stretches of coastline. The sand dunes could easily be mistaken for those of the Sahara, and were actually used as a backdrop for Lawrence of Arabia.
23) Kiloran Beach, Isle of Colonsay, the Hebrides
A hidden gem of a beach, the golden sands and sparkling seas make for a breathtakingly beautiful scene. The peaceful setting make this an idyllic retreat.
24) Saunton Sands Beach, Braunton
Based in North Devon, this beach is perfect for families and surfers. The three and a half mile stretch of golden sand is backed by the rolling expanse of Braunton Burrows.
25) Godrevy Head, Hayle
With breathtaking views, a picturesque lighthouse and plenty of local wildlife, including a family of seals, Godrevy Head is a definite must-visit. The beach is overlooked by some stunning scenery, including rugged cliffs, and is the ideal place to watch as the sun goes down.