Whether you are taking a family holiday, complete with buckets and spades for the kids, or you are wanting to explore the natural and interesting coastline of the South, or you’re just looking to find some peace and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the South Coast is full of many different and unique beaches.
Probably one of the most dramatic of coastal settings with a definite wow factor! Although its golden sand is only accessible at low tide, and via a steep path and steps which won't suit everyone, the dramatic granite rocks and outcrops for good reason make it one of the most visited and spectacular locations on the North Cornwall coast.
A glorious expanse of golden sand along the North Cornwall coast with really big surf making it exceptionally popular with surfers. Being so large it's easy to find your own space and enjoy the shear scale and grandeur of this glorious beach. Extensive sand dunes, horses exercising in the surf and a beachside cafe, it's a popular beach with many.
On the tranquil south coast of Cornwall, East Looe beach is perfect for family holidays, and buckets and spades! The beach gently slopes to the water making it safe for young families and with the promenade and traditional shops and restaurants in town, Looe is a popular destination for many. Enjoy boat trips from the harbour along this beautiful stretch of South Cornwall coastline.
With the spectacular back drop of St Michael's Mount, Marazion was recently voted one of the most beautiful bays in the world. A wide expanse of sand that also has rock pools to explore at Chapel Rock and Marazion Harbour. At low tide enjoy the walk across the sand to St Michael's Mount while at high tide simply take the boat back!
A glorious white sandy beach on the far west coast not far from Penzance. This mile long beach is made up of very fine shell and is backed by sheltered sand dunes and is a safe place for kids.
Possibly the best known bay in Cornwall with 2 miles of glorious golden sand that is found in a valley between Newquay and Padstow. It is a destination in itself with a cluster of hotels and restaurants that overlook the bay. Some of the best surf in Cornwall to suit everyone form kite surfers to body boarders.
This glorious coastline is justifiably called the English Riviera. Facing east on the scenic South Devon coast it is renowned for its mild climate along with its magnificent coastal scenery. A choice of beautiful beaches such as Broad Sands, Goodrington Sands, Hollicombe Beach and Torre Abbey Sands line the bay along with the popular seaside towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. With regular boat trips that link the three, what better way than to take in the bay at leisure.
With the fabulous Burgh Island set beside the beach and accessible only at low tide or by sea tractor, this large expanse of sand is a popular destination on the South Devon coast. Set beneath rolling hills, it is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The shallow waters make it a safe haven for families and for enjoying time on the beach and pottering around the rock pools.
3 miles to the west of Dartmouth and set amongst evergreen woodland and pines in a sheltered bay this is a 'blue flag' beach that has an almost Mediterranean feel. It is on the South Devon heritage coast and is a perfect beach for all the family with kayaking, a bathing raft, sand pits and delicious food always on offer!
Where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Devon coast in dramatic fashion. Croyde Bay is a surfer's and body boarder's paradise. A beautiful wide expanse of sand and a centre for a variety of outdoor activities, it is a place to discover. The picturesque village of Croyde retains a charm dating back to the 1940's. A relaxed easy going lifestyle and what holidays are all about!
On the North Devon coast close to Bideford, West Ward Ho! is great for windsurfers, surfers and swimmers. A 'blue flag' beach that is geared for families with cafes and restaurants and backed by a country park, the beach offers sand, rock pools and plenty of nature.
Set in the wide sweep of Weston Bay, there are miles of sandy beach at Weston-super-Mare. A family resort with all the traditional seaside attractions that includes the famous donkeys, the pier and the seafront promenade. Take in the great views of the Bristol Channel from the Wheel of Weston from 40 metres up!
With dramatic cliff scenery where the Exmoor National Park meets the coast, the south west coastal path starts from the quayside at Minehead, before it heads up to the top of North Hill that overlooks the town. The gentle promenade backs the long sandy beach that stretches for a mile offering great views across the channel to South Wales. In the season the town is a spray of colour with vibrant floral displays and with the private coffee houses it is a town that retains a seaside tradition.
On the west coast of the Isle of Wight, Freshwater Bay is unique and picturesque, with a mixture of flint, pebbles and sand. There are areas perfect for rockpooling, an activity much loved by families, to see what sea treasures they might stumble upon. With a history of smuggling, it is possible to explore some of the caves once used by smugglers, although this may have to be done by kayak, depending on the tide. With good conditions for watersports and surfing, Freshwater Bay will appeal to many.
At the centre of the Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach is an 18 mile stretch of pebble beach. A Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is the largest tombolo in the UK and connects Portland to Abbotsbury. It is an example of spectacular landscape at its best and offers breathtaking views when admired from further afield.
The seaside resort of Swanage is home to a lovely golden sand beach, and with amusements and watersports available too, a popular choice for those wishing to enjoy a traditional beach holiday. Seasonal boat trips run from the pier, and the Waverley Paddle Steamer - the last sea-faring paddle steamer in the world - offers crossings from Bournemouth to Swanage and is well worth a trip - check their timetable as sailings are not all year round. Nearby Studland is the perfect choice for a quieter beach day. 4 miles of golden sand, and the natural heathland fringing the beach gives a peaceful outlook, and a place where wildlife can also enjoy. You may choose to try one of the designated nature trails, and be lucky enough to spot deer and an array of British birds.
With a seven mile stretch of golden sand, it is no wonder that Bournemouth is such a popular destination for a UK beach holiday. A land train operates along the promenade, from Bournemouth pier to Boscombe beach, and amusements and children's playgrounds also dotted along the promenade means that there is plenty to do if you fancy a break from sunbathing. The most famous of Poole's beaches is stunning Sandbanks - with exceptional standards of cleanliness, it is a very special place to visit. Several of Bournemouth and Poole's beaches offer the use of weekly beach hut hire during the summer months - if this tempts you then make sure you snap one up quickly as they are incredibly popular.
Insider tip - Try the quieter Alum Chine beach if you want to escape the crowds of Bournemouth beach
The traditional seaside town of Margate has a wonderfully wide expanse of sand and is very popular with families, with amusements and children's rides being available. A must-visit is the Turner Contemporary art gallery which is situated on the seafront. With Turner once stating that Margate has "the loveliest skies in all of Europe", come and watch the stunning sunsets for yourself.
Herne Bay was originally a shipping community and became a seaside resort in the 19th century after a pleasure pier (now ruined) and promenade were built. The Victorians and their successors loved it, and with reason: your seaside cottage could overlook two miles of splendid beach, fabulous views towards the sandstone cliffs and mediaeval towers at Reculver; pretty beach huts, candyfloss, fish and chips and welcoming pubs. Sports on offer include rowing, yachting and jet-skiing and holiday events include continental markets, classic car shows, the Herne Bay Festival and carnivals. Classic Victorian seafront architecture is offset by beautiful gardens, while the bandstand is a focal point for summer concerts and children's entertainment.
Close to Chichester Harbour, the sandy beaches of The Witterings make for an enjoyable day out. Blue flag awarded, the water quality is excellent, and the beach itself is known for its cleanliness and safety. A short 20 minute drive from the centre of Chichester, it's a convenient location when staying in one of our holiday homes in or around the area.
Brighton beach and the famous Brighton Pier are widely recognised as landmarks of Brighton. The Pier offers a choice of dining establishments, funfair rides, amusements or somewhere to just sit with an ice cream to take in views of the bustling beach. The pebble beach of Brighton is incredibly popular with tourists, being just a stone's throw from the city centre which offers many shopping opportunities. The colourful beach huts of Hove provide a fantastic backdrop for your holiday photos, and the promenade offers a wonderful place for a walk to take in the sea air and watch the sun go down.
The sunshine coast of Eastbourne is home to several Blue Flag beaches of shingle and sand. With a pier and bandstand, it is a lovely social beach, and very family friendly too. Nearby Beachy Head marks the start of the 100 mile South Downs Way, ideal for walkers if you want to stray from the beach.
In historic 1066 country, the elegant Edwardian seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea enjoys a wonderful climate. The 2 mile shingle beach offers plenty of watersports opportunities, and with rockpools too, families are sure to enjoy days out here. With some truly fine examples of architecture along the seafront, Bexhill is a resort like no other!
Famous for its beach fishing fleet, the beach at Hastings is a mix of pebble and sand and is a wonderful place to explore. Stroll from the Old Town and take in some of the history of the area
The picturesque dunes of Camber Sands make for a scenic area to take a stroll if you fancy a visit to this beautiful sandy beach. Around 3 miles from the historic town of Rye, Camber Sands is an ideal spot for families and nature lovers alike. With plenty of activities on offer, horse riding and kite surfing to name but a few, it's a destination for all ages to enjoy.