As new variants circle the globe and international destinations flip-flop between green and amber faster than you can type Skyscanner into your Google search bar, good old Blighty is – for the second summer in a row – the destination of choice for many British holidaymakers.
And with millions of Brits staying on home soil, you’d be forgiven for thinking a five-star cottage in St Ives or Salcombe is this summer’s hottest ticket. But while Cornwall and Devon are perpetually popular seaside destinations, it seems that not everyone is opting for Tate trips, surfing classes and hikes around Dartmoor National Park.
According to recent research from Airbnb, the buzziest coastal spots in 2021 aren’t exactly what you’d expect. The picturesque village of Sandgate in Kent tops the list, recording the largest rise in searches of any UK seaside destination this summer. And Lincolnshire is also proving a surprise hit with holidaymakers, with the villages of Ingoldmells and Sandilands coming in second and third.
Here are the top ten seaside locations in the UK right now:
- Sandgate, Kent
- Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire
- Sandilands, Lincolnshire
- Seaburn, County Durham
- Portishead, Somerset
- Watchet, Somerset
- Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire
- Hornsea, East Yorkshire
- Cleveleys, Lancashire
- Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
So, if you’re thinking about paying a visit to one of these popular coastal locations, you better act fast. Every Airbnb, hotel, campsite, youth hostel and garden shed could be booked up until October 2023 before you know it.
Fancy a seaside jaunt this weekend? Check out our list of the 30 best beaches in the UK.
And if you do decide on a trip to Devon? You could do a lot worse than this four-poster bed in the middle of a meadow.