A UK holiday may not be looking likely at the moment as campsites sell out and hotels are booked for months.
However, there are still some great beachfront locations to book this year where you don’t have to fight the crowds.
Recent weekends have seen surges of people heading to the popular beaches of Bournemouth and Newquay.
Thousands of tourists and second home owners flocked back to Salcombe in recent weeks, and have been slammed for not social distancing at what is dubbed ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’.
Despite this, the UK has hundreds of beaches, many of which are much more secluded.
From campsites to boutique cottages, here are 10 of the best locations where you can book to stay without being near other people.
1. Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex
Cuckmere Haven, a pebble beach near Eastbourne, has great views of the Seven Sisters cliffs and has even been featured in films including Harry Potter and Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
- Two nights at beachfront house with Airbnb – £32.50pppn
- Seven nights at six-bedroom farmhouse with Airbnb – £83pppn
2. Porth Iago, Wales
Porth Iago’s sheltered, south-west-facing position and clear blue waters are just the ticket for sunbathers and swimmers, with a campsite and car park on-site.
- Seven nights at five-bedroom farmhouses with Airbnb – £11.45pppn
- Overnight camping with Porth Iago Beach & Caravan & Camping (only self-catered motorhomes currently – £15 per night
3. Porth Joke, Cornwall
Locally known as Polly Joke and just a few miles from Fistral Beach, the sandy cove is deeper than it is wide – at low tide rock pools and caves are revealed.
4. Skrinkle Haven, Wales
Skrinkle Haven, a secret cove with views of the church door tourist attraction, is perfect for walkers along the Pembrokeshire Coast path.
5. Nanjizal, Cornwall
Popular with birdwatchers, Nanjizal is also home to the ‘Song of the Sea’, an arch where the sea has worn through a tall narrow passageway.
- Four nights at converted cottage with Airbnb – £40pppn
- Two nights at beachfront house with Airbnb – £98pppn
6. Bryher, Isle of Scilly
Bryher is the smallest of the five inhabited islands of the Isles of Scilly, meaning the beaches are often deserted.
- Seven nights at six-person cottage with Bryher Tourism – from £20pppn
- Seven nights at six-person chalet with Bryher Holidays – from £21pppn
7. Traeth Mwnt, Wales
While the National Trust beach is off the beaten track, the secluded cove is worth trekking down for.
- Five nights at static caravan with Airbnb – £17pppn
- Four nights at shepherds hurt with Airbnb – £75ppn
8. Portholland, Cornwall
Portholland has two beaches – East and West Portholland, with less than 50 residents.
- Seven nights at fisherman cottage with Airbnb – £23pppn
- Two nights at secluded cabin with Airbnb – £50pppn
9. Crackington Haven, Cornwall
Crackington Haven is easy to get to, with just a jump over the low bridge, with a pub and cafe to stop off in at the end of the day.
- Seven nights at converted cottage with Airbnb – £14pppn
- Seven nights at five-bedroom family house with Airbnb – £16pppn
10. Scratby, Norfolk
The sandy beach is just a few minutes from California cliffs in Norfolk, with an easy surfaced slope to walk down.
Two nights at fisherman cottage with Airbnb – £47.50pppn