England doesn’t always get the credit it deserves for it’s beautiful beaches. The only good thing about this means they are largely untouched by crazy summer crowds. It’s about time you found out about these haute 5 British beach destinations.
The classic and enchanting Polperro sits along the coast of Cornwall. The cluster of cottages perfectly placed on the cliff ravines creates a timeless feel. The winding streets of this small beach town are vehicle-free and will surprise you at every turn. Polperro is still a working fishing village, and you can rest assured that there are some great seafood restaurants here. You should definitely try the scallops at Couch’s Great House. There is nothing quite like it. For a true escape from the 21st century to a place where you don’t need a phone and can romance by the sea, head to Polperro.
You might be surprised by just how beachy Britain can be. Newquay in Cornwall is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Here not only can you brush your feet against pure white sands, but you can also surf. Here the beach meets a backdrop of rocky terrain for a picturesque landscape you’d find in places like the Amalfi coast. It’s great for a weekend getaway with a charming town and plenty of cute restaurants in it. The view from the pub and eatery at The Bowgie Inn is unparalleled.
Brighton is bursting with action and activities year-round. This is the destination to go if you the ‘energy of the city and freedom of the sea.’ The beach life here is centered around the Brighton Pier and Marina. Where you’ll find a Ferris wheel, carousel, cool vendors, a casino and other fun treats. The beach is wide and the waters are crystal blue, so you can relax when you have nothing to do. Which might not be often in this busy little city. There is an impressive variety of restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars that are worth a try. Not to mention tranquil gardens, galleries, museums and sailing adventures. We recommend stopping for a bite at Grow 40 Kitchen and Roof Garden. They feature local produce and homegrown ingredients.
Isle of Wight
If simply driving to your escape isn’t sufficient, you might consider Isle of Wight. A short ferry ride brings you to this beautifully natural English island. A true vacation with endless activities including horse riding, fishing, galleries and theme parks. The Isle of Wight caters to everyone’s vacation expectations. This is definitely the largest beach on the list, with 57 miles of varied coastlines and contrasting landscapes. There are all types of beaches from white sand to rugged cliffs and hidden coves with the clearest waters. There is also an extensive choice of high-end restaurants with all types of cuisine. The Priory Bay Restaurant is the recipient of AA rosettes and is truly gastronomical experience.
The iconic beach huts and lighthouses of Southwold are only part of the reason you should spend a weekend here. There is only one road in or out of Southwold, you will feel like you’re on an island vacation as the town is surrounded by the North Sea and the River Blyth. This is the perfect place to get your own little cottage or stay in one of the many bed and breakfast establishments. It is a tranquil getaway where you won’t be bothered by noise pollution or large crowds. A quaint pub called The Star Inn is a great spot to get cozy and enjoy some good ol’ English eats.