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Top 7 UK beaches: Influencer lists staycation destinations which feel like they are abroad

Daily Express logo Daily Express 10/06/2021 Leah Stanfield

With staycations looking like the best option for a trip away this year, influencer Oghosa Ovienrioba has gone viral with her rundown of the seven best UK beaches that "feel like you are abroad".

a rocky island in the middle of a body of water: Porthcurno beach © Getty Porthcurno beach

1. Porthcurno beach, Cornwall

Porthcurno beach is located in the far west of Cornwall. The large beach is a stunning natural beauty with fine soft sand, turquoise sea and high cliffs. The beach is so gorgeous that it was used as a filming location for the first series of BBC's Poldark.

The beach is close to the internationally renowned Minack Theatre, the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, and just a few miles from Land's End.

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a sandy beach: Joss Bay © Getty Joss Bay

2. Joss Bay, Kent

Joss Bay is described as a surfer's paradise and known as the best surfing beach in Thanet. The 200-metre sand has its own surf school with boards and wet suits to hire. If you fancy taking it easy, you can always pull up a deckchair, soak up the views and enjoy refreshments from the café.

You can also enjoy Thanet's coastline by bike on the nearby 32-mile Viking Coastal Trail.

a view of a large body of water: Isle of Scilly © Getty Isle of Scilly

3. The Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly lie just off the coast of Cornwall. They are outstandingly beautiful and yet remain uncrowded and unspoilt, it is hard to believe they are in England. There is white sand on Pentle Bay, bright turquoise water and the weather is warmer than the rest of the UK. What is not to love!

4. Blackpool Sands, Devon

Blackpool Sands is a Blue Flag Award-winning beach which is widely considered the gold standard for beaches around the world. The beach boasts beautifully clear, blue water and stunning natural scenery. The beach has plenty to keep you entertained with kayaking, paddle boards, picnic boats, sand pits and canoeing.

an island in the middle of a body of water: Blackpool Sands © Getty Blackpool Sands a rocky beach next to a body of water: Durdle Door © Getty Durdle Door

5. Durdle Door, Jurassic Coast

Durdle Door is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and is one of Dorset's most photographed and the cove and limestone arch make it one of the UK's most recognisable beauty spots. It is the perfect spot to relax with a picnic and take in the spectacular scenery and at the base of the arch is a shingle beach where fossils are regularly found.

6. Mattiscombe, Devon

Mattiscombe Beach is a nice sandy beach on a picturesque part of the South Devon coast. One of South Devon's most secluded beaches, it is perfect for a quiet escape. Lots of low-rise cliffs and hiking paths only a 10 minute walk from the South West Coast Path car park.


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a rocky island in the middle of a body of water: Mattiscombe © Getty Mattiscombe a rocky island in the middle of a body of water with Kynance Cove in the background © Getty Kynance Cove

7. Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Probably one of the most photographed locations in Cornwall for its white sand, turquoise sea and dark red and green rock stacks. The cove is owned and maintained by the National Trust and is just a two-mile walk from Lizard Point, mainland UKs most southerly point.

At low tide you can explore the caves and located just above the beach is a café selling Cornish pasties, sandwiches and homemade cakes.

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