Best British Blue Flag Beaches 2013

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According to a recent survey from Travelodge*, a massive 65% of UK residents are planning on taking a staycation in Britain this year! Personally, I love escaping to sunnier climes and enjoying the high temperatures, warm, clear oceans and white sandy beaches, but the UK has definitely become more appealing. One thing I think we should definitely be shouting about is the quality of our beaches. Whether you’re in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales you are guaranteed to find a spectacular stretch of sand. So with that in mind, here are my Top Ten UK Blue Flag Beaches to tempt you to stay on our fair isles this summer…

Gyllyngvase, Falmouth
Falmouth is full of beautiful beaches such as Gyllyngvase

Gyllyngvase, Falmouth

Falmouth is famed for its gorgeous beaches but this one has to take the title of ‘the best’.

Tynemouth Longsands

Stunning beaches aren’t what you think of when visiting the north east, but after studying in Newcastle for three years I can assure you Tynemouth is one of the best around!

Ganavan Sands, Argyll

With spectacular views out to Mull, Lismore and Morven, this whole area is a walkers’ paradise.

North Bay, Scarborough

A traditional and iconic seaside resort, Scarborough’s North Bay offers pristine sands and an abundance of beach-side activities.

Scarborough, Beach, Seaside
Scarborough’s North Bay is the iconic British seaside scene

Sandbanks, Poole

Undoubtedly the best beach on the south coast and some may even say in the whole of the UK, Sandbanks is a truly unique beach.

Botany Bay, Kent

The most northern of the seven bays in Broadstairs, Botany Bay has become famous for its water sports and beautiful white cliffs.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Regarded as the best place for surfing in the whole of St. Ives, Porthmeor is perfect for adrenaline seekers!

Tenby North, Pembrokeshire

One of the four main bathing areas around Tenby, the North beach offers perfect sands and even a few rock pools to explore.

Tenby, Wales, Blue Flag Beach
Tenby’s North Bay is one of the most popular beaches in the whole of Wales

White Sands, Pembrokeshire

As one of the best surfing beaches in the UK, White Sands is always bustling with water sports enthusiasts!

Mablethorpe Central, Mablethorpe

This vast stretch of fine golden sand is perfect for family breaks and seaside activities.


Which UK beach would you recommend?

* Find out more about the new holiday index by Travelodge 2013

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