Top ten immaculate beaches

With the recent pandemic, caravan holidays and staycations in general are on the increase in popularity with reporting a 96% increase in enquiries over the final 2 weeks of June 2020. 

Recent research found that the beach was the most favourite spot for a UK getaway, with over three quarters (78%) claiming it as their favourite holiday location. 

With thousands of miles of British coastline to enjoy, it is hard to choose the perfect spot for your getaway, but why not visit one of the 143 English beaches flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award (award presented to the best, well-managed beaches with excellent water quality) to celebrate Clean Beaches Week (1st July - 7th July).

With caravan holiday parks reopening in July we have put together our top ten immaculate beaches to visit this summer.

1. Central Beach, Mablethorpe

The Mablethorpe beach stretches for miles and is beautifully clean, near a lovely town perfection for children and beyond great for long walks on the front.

2. Central Beach, Sutton on Sea

Enjoy the beautiful unspoilt Sutton Sea beach, walking by the waters edge with all the different shells and seaweeds, the gulls and wagtails and the relaxing sound of the waves on the shore.

3. Central Beach, Skegness

A popular seaside resort that caters for families with a fantastic pier, exciting rides at Fantasy Island as well as the seal sanctuary and indoor butterfly conservatory at Natureland. (These may not be open due to government regulations, please check beforehand).

Central Beach Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea and Skegness are managed by East Lindsey District Council and all retained the Blue flag award in 2019, which looks at the water quality, facilities, beach safety, environmental education and management of the beaches. 

4. Thorpe Bay

A popular resort, great for walking along the stone/sandy beach and usually not as busy as other Southend beaches. Alongside the beach, you can also find a grass area great for picnics or games away from the sea if the tide is coming in.

5. Shoebury Common Beach

Enjoy a relaxing walk along the promenade, admiring the old fashioned beach huts along the way. Only a couple of miles from the crowd-pleasing centre of Southend but feels like a completely different place with a chilled vibe.

6. Three Shells Beach

A children’s favourite with soft sand to play in and build sandcastles, but also popular for the older kids with the favoured Three Shell Lagoon perfect for a quick dip. You can swim in the sea, without actually being in open water and it isn't too deep, accomodating for all ages.

Thorpe Bay, Shoebury Common and Three Shells Beaches are all managed by Southend on Sea Borough Council and all retained the Blue Flag Award in 2019, as well as the Seaside Award, which is presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.

7. Whitby

Fantastic, tranquil beach with extra clear waters, ideal for swimming in the sea. Bring an inflatable waterboard to take full advantage of the pure waters. The beach is popular for walkers who enjoy walking the length of the beach from Sandsend to Whitby!

8. Robin Hoods Bay

Robin Hood's Bay is a picturesque old fishing village, which holds extreme natural beauty, making the best destination for photographers and those who enjoy long, scenic walks.

While both Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay both hold the Seaside Award, Whitby also holds the Blue Flag Award. They are both also home to top fish and chips businesses such as Fusco’s, which owns Quayside, Royal Fisheries, Fish Box Whitby and Fish Box Robin Hood’s Bay, who have committed to using 100% compostable packaging across all of its outlets. #SaveOurEnvironment

9. Marine Beach, Fleetwood 

Marine Beach is a beautiful, traditional beach backed by pretty beach huts painted in pastel colours. It’s a place for families and children to gather together and also popular throughout the year with walkers and people who love the coast.

10. Blackpool Central Beach

Recently renovated, the Blackpool seafront is excellent for a walk on the beach with charming, long, clean the piers that reach out into the sea. The piers amenities may not be completely open due to government guidelines but access to the end of piers are likely to be open.

If this blog has inspired you to book your next trip, check out what caravans are available to hire this summer with

We’d love to hear your favourite beaches to visit, along with any snaps of your holidays, so make sure to tweet us or tag us on Instagram @UKCaravans4Hire!

Published on June 30th, 2020

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