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While package holidays, cheap flights on discount airlines and the tempting all-inclusive resorts have made overseas travel more accessible than ever, increasing numbers of Britons choose to stay in the UK and explore the beauty we have within our own shores.

The United Kingdom has many areas of exceptional natural beauty that many of us never get around to exploring. We are tempted by the sunshine and beaches of overseas destinations, but are we missing a trick – are there better times to be had closer to home, despite the notorious unreliability of the British climate?


‘Staycation’ was a term coined during the recession to describe the increasing number of people choosing to holiday in the UK, rather than abroad. As the economy is tipped to be on the rise, however, so still is the trend to remain closer to home when taking holiday. Data from Visit Britain, the national tourist board, reckons that staycations were up 11% in 2015 over 2014, with the seaside proving to be the most popular destination.

The UK has 600 beaches around its coasts, from secluded bays, simple swimming spots and stunning surfing locations to traditional British beach resorts. If you fancy checking out your closest beaches to see if they are worth a visit, or if you fancy travelling further afield and sampling some of our more distant stunning coastlines, the Satsuma Beach finder may be able to help!

Best Beach in the UK

Woolacombe beach was recently voted the best beach in the UK, but it has tough competition whether you are swayed by the sand over pebbles, brooding views and castles or the good old arcades to keep the kids occupied. 

We have brought together all the vital stats and information for all 600 British beaches, including the weather forecasts and seasonal averages, water quality, Surf reports (where valid), accommodation and local attractions. So whatever you are looking for, the Satsuma Beach Finder will point you in the right direction!

There are British beaches for all budgets, a staycation is no guarantee of saving money. You need to plan carefully and investigate the options to ensure that you get the most beach for your buck. Some destinations also have more to offer for those on a budget if the great British weather turns to indoor entertainment rather than beachside basking!

Whether you are looking for a hotel, a B&B, a campsite or a spot of glamping, the British coastline has destinations to cater to all your needs and there are a variety of resources to help you choose your destination. The Satsuma Beach Finder brings these all together to allow you to make an informed decision.

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