LONDON, UK. – 17 February, 2016 – Woolacombe Beach in Devon has today been named best rated beach in the UK today, while Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is crowned number one beach in the world in the Travellers’ Choice awards for Beaches, announced by the travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor.
“Golden sands and azure waters may seem a million miles away from a cold February in the UK, but visiting some of the world’s best rated beaches might be more affordable than you’d think,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, James Kay, “If you plan ahead now, you can find hotel stays at five of the ten winning beaches for less than £200 a night on TripAdvisor.”
UK winners: Woolacombe takes top spot for second year running
Devon’s Woolacombe Beach is named the UK’s best rated beach for the second year in a row. Backed by sandy hills and the Woolacombe Downs, the beach boasts a three-mile long stretch of golden sand and rolling, unbroken surf which makes it the ideal hotspot for surfers. The sheer length of the beach means that there is no shortage of sand to sit down and relax on during the busy summer months.
Backed by sandy hills and the Woolacombe Downs, Woolacombe Beach boasts a three-mile long stretch of golden sand and rolling, unbroken surf which makes it the ideal hotspot for surfers. The sheer length of the beach means that there is no shortage of sand to sit down and relax on during the busy summer months.
One TripAdvisor reviewer who recently visited said, “Came here first in 1950. I am still coming here and although there are a lot more people now it is still possibly one of the best beaches in Britain, the clean sand, beach huts for hire, 3 miles to walk the length and fantastic clifftop walks make this a very special place.”
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We were delighted to be invited to London to collect the prestigous Coast Magazine's Best Beach Award 2012. The annual Coast Awards, in association with Joules celebrate the people and places that make the British seaside so special, representing all that is innovative, valuable and exciting around our shores.
A panel of ten experts – TV Presenter Ben Fogle, Olympic Sailor Ben Ainslie, Co-founder of the Seaside Regeneration Campaign Roma Backhouse, Slow Food UK Chief Executive Catherine Gazzoli, Marine Conservation Society Communications Manager Richard Harrington, Surf Nation Author Alex Wade, Cool Camping Writer Jonathan Knight, Hotel Critic Sally Shalam, Visit Britain Director of Strategy and Communications and Joules Managing Director Tom Joule – joined Coast Editor Clare Gogerty to nominate those they thought had shone during 2011.
Coast magazine received a record 40,000 votes from readers across the UK who voted for their favourites from the nominees and the full results are in the July issue of Coast (on sale 28 May).