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Ready for a blast of sea air after being cooped up indoors for months? Coastal getaways are back on now that day trips and overnight stays in self-contained accommodation (including Airbnbs and campsites) are allowed again. That means cooped-up city-dwellers can get on the road and start inhaling refreshing lungfuls of salty sea breeze.
Nowhere in the UK is more than 70 miles from the sea – and despite the clichés of windy, stony British seaside holidays, the UK boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. To save you scouring every coastline for your perfect beach, we’ve rounded up the very best – the warmest, cleanest and prettiest beaches in the land – right here.
Please note that some facilities and businesses in the towns and villages we mention may be closed when you visit, and lifeguards may not be in place. Always be mindful of the people who live locally, check whether car parks are open before you set off and adhere to social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.