1. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon

Woolacombe beach (pictured above) boasts an amazing three-mile long stretch of white sand and is famous for its clean beach, high water quality and a variety of amenities, including award-winning restaurants and pubs. It has also become a centre for Britain’s growing surfing community, keen to take advantage of beautiful water and great waves.

2. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset

Running a close second to wonderful Woolacombe and also possessing a beautiful three-mile long beach is the Dorset resort of Weymouth. Boasting, not only, a great beach but a vibrant town centre, replete with traditional seaside entertainment and amenities. Weymouth is a clean, well laid, bustling town with something to do for all the family.

3. St Brelade’s Bay Beach, St Brelade, Jersey

Third on our list, and just a short hop from the south coast, is the stunning beach at St Brelade’s Bay on Jersey. Jersey is perhaps not as popular a holiday destination as it once was and this adds to the seclusion one can find on the adjacent deserted coves to St Brelade’s Bay. A real sun trap on the south coast, once you’ve trekked down the steep path from the car park and crossed the pebbles, you’ll reach a sheltered south-facing beach with golden sand and shallow turquoise water, ideal for swimming.

4. Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Swansea

Our fourth recommendation is the stunning Rhossili Bay (pictured right). Home to stunning views, yet another 3-mile long beach and, at low tide, the haunting shipwreck of the Helvetia. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Devon – fabulous views and breathtaking scenery.

5. Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives has long been popular with artists; it’s beautiful setting and stunning vistas make it a perfect place to paint – or holiday. Great restaurants, pubs and a surprising variety of high-quality shops, together with its wonderful beach and cool surfer community make it well worth a visit.