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With the current financial climate, many people are looking for UK Beach Holidays to help cut the cost of an annual family holiday. So seeing as many people will look for areas with nice sandy beaches we are going to list some of the best Beaches in the UK.

Blackpool Sands, Devon

Considered one of South Devon’s most beautiful treasures, Blackpool sands is a stunning beach set in a bay surrounded by pins and evergreens. Many say the beach has a Mediterranean feel thanks to the surroundings and clear blue water. The award winning beach is privately owned and is situated between Slapton and Dartmouth.

Visitors are treated to kayaks for hire, a range of food and drink including the eco-friendly Venus Cafe, a beach front shop and floating dock that sits on the Sea from July onwards. Animal lovers should note that you are not allowed to take your dog on the beach during the summer.

Woolacombe Sands, Devon

This blue flag beach is 3 miles worth of golden sands that sit between Morte Point and Baggy Point. It is considered one of the best beaches in Britain and often gets added to lists of the best beaches in the world. The mail on Sunday named it the best beach in Britain in 2000.

The beach is popular with surfers, walkers and families, who are made up of locals and tourists alike. Safety is provided by the lifeguards who look over the beach and ensure safe swimming during the summer.

There are food establishments at either end of the beach for when you have worked up and appetite and there are plenty of shops and restaurants in the tourist resort of Woolacombe.

Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Considered the most popular beach in Cornwall, it is considered the home of British Surfing. Fistral consists of wide stretches of golden sands between the headlands of Pentire and Towan. The Beach is split into three parts, South Fistral, the main beach and Little Fistral. Little Fistral is a small part of the beach which is only revealed during low tide.

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Perfect for a UK Beach Holiday in Somerset Weston Super Mare is the ideal beach area for families. The town is a perfect example of the old style English seaside towns with its miles of sandy beach and fun packed attractions. Families will enjoy the historic pier, sea life centre, Donkeys and miniature railway.

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