Baia do Sancho in Brazil, Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico, Italy, Australia, Hawaii… and Wales (!!). Surprised to hear Wales’s Rhossili Beach beat off the likes of Mexico to make it into the top 10 beaches in the world, based on reviews on TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award?
Rhossili isn’t the only gem on Britain’s shores. Here are 10 of our favourite jewels on the nation’s coastline!
Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales
Ranked number 9 out of 10 best beaches in the whole world in the Travellers’ Choice Award 2014, described as: ‘Truly the most beautiful beach. The sheer scale and wildness of the location add to the majesty’.
I’s not hard to see why the beach is so well loved. Walking along the clifftops is magnificent, swimming in the clean waters is refreshing, and the Welsh hospitality known for its warmth. You can even stay in National Trust holiday cottage the Old Rectory (its most popular cottage) and make a romantic weekend of it.
Bamburgh, Seahouses, Northumberland, England
The most open of beachscapes, dominated from a distance by the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. Golden sands, windswept landscape and acres of sky: even the most amateur photographer will come back with spectacular shots.
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales
A small bay backed by dunes and pine trees, accessible only by a half mile walk from the nearest car park. Expect swathes of golden sand and crystal clear waters; Barafundle has been voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain and as one of the world’s best.
St Andrews’ West Sands, Scotland
Stretching for almost two miles, and famous from the opening scene of ‘Chariots of Fire’, the beach is nestled between the refreshing sea swirl and the town’s world famous Old Course. The dunes which the beach backs onto provide a perfect sheltered spot for a picnic.
Dawlish Warren, Dawlish, Dorset, England
A fantastic 1 mile (2 kilometres) of sand jutting out across the wide mouth of a river estuary on the south coast; also a designated nature reserve, it attracts a great range of birds, including grebes, cormorants, herons and swans.
Lunan Bay, Montrose, Scotland
2 miles (3 kilometres) of lovely sand and beautiful dunes; equally good for surfing and bird-watching. Lunan was voted the best beach in Scotland in 2000,but has attracted visitors since the year 1010 when Vikings landed on the vast, sandy expanse of shore.
Mwnt, Ceredigion, Wales
Located down a lovely bumpy country lane in West Wales, Mwnt is a perfect cove of honey coloured sand, one of Britain loveliest hidden beaches. The whitewashed chapel above the beach has been here since the 6th Century and the hill above with its panoramic views is a great place to go dolphin watching.
Brighton Beach, Sussex, England
If you prefer your beaches populated, you can’t beat Brighton – a lively pier boasting old fashioned rides, traditional fish n chips at every corner, clean pebble beaches and a packed program of cultural events in town and some of the best nightlife in Britain combine for a great summer holiday at the seaside.
Tyrella Beach & conservation area, Northern Ireland
A small enclosed dune complex within Dundrum Bay, the wide, sandy 2km beach is the ideal spot for a long walk peppered by wild flowers and plenty of birdwatching opportunities.
Tresco Island, Isles of Scilly, off Cornwall, England
Not only is Tresco unlike anywhere in Britain, it’s like nowhere on earth. Seen from above, the turquoise and azure waters rival any in the Mediterranean, the sub-tropical climate lends itself to some weird and wonderful exotic plants that can be visited at the Tresco Abbey Gardens, and the beaches themselves are unspoilt and beautiful, perfect for snorkelling and seal-spotting.
See the Top 10 Beaches in the world on TripAdvisor at http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches-cTop-g1