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The UK’s 7 best value for money beach staycation revealed

The UK boasts coastal gems around the country, with each area offering something different. But how far from the beach should you stay to get the best value for money?

Discount code and fundraising platform Savoo has a new study that highlights the perfect distance for 7 of the UK’s best beaches so you can find that sweet spot between the beach and your hotel. Key Findings Include:

Kirkwall – Scapa beach
Scapa beach has an amazing view out to Scapa flow which makes it a brilliant place to be as the sun casts its colour in the sky early in the morning and late in the evening.

If you’re planning to make a trip to Scapa beach, think about staying between 2-3 miles away from the seafront. Hotels in this distance zone have a sparkling 9.8 average rating and an average cost of £65, making it the perfect option for a fabulous summer staycation on a budget.

Avoid staying 1-2 miles away from the beach as you can expect to splash out around £92 in cash for a one-person stay.

Salcombe – South Sands Beach
Located in Devon, South Sands Beach offers beachgoers crystal-clear water and fine sand – perfect for making sandcastles with.

Look for accommodation that is located within 5-6 miles from the beach as these options have an average cost of £68. Hotels in this area have also been given an average 9.3 rating.

Plymouth – Wembury Beach
The sandy beach, low tide and numerous rock pools make Wembury beach the perfect place for a family getaway. This picturesque beach has an award from the Marine Conservation Society for its clean water.

11-12 miles away from the beach is where you can expect to get the best value for your money. Hotels in this region cost around £74, and have an average rating of 9.3.

Dismiss staying in hotels in the 4-5 miles zone. Although very close to the beach, these hotels average a lower 8.3 rating while costing over £88 on average.

4 top tips for the perfect beach staycation
Choosing a staycation over jetting off abroad can save you a lot of money – instead of splashing out on flights, staying on British soil and sampling the best attractions Britain has to offer can be just as fun and a whole lot cheaper. If you’re swapping travelling abroad for the sights and scenery of good old Britain, here are our top tips for a great staycation.

  • Create a budget: Just like you’d create a budget for your holiday abroad, you should do the same for your staycation. Decide how much you’ll spend on your staycation before you get there, and stick to it!
  • Use discount codes and coupons: Loads of UK attractions have offers available. Throughout summer, theme parks, waterparks, museums, and zoos will often have a 2-for-1 voucher, just take a look at your next box of cereal.
  • Speak to the locals: Ask a local if they know any secret spots. You may be surprised how many people are willing to recommend a new place for you to see.
  • Bring the right lotions: Don’t forget to pack the sun cream! Ideally, choose one that’s water-resistant and remember to reapply as directed. A great hack for getting sand off damp skin is to sprinkle talcum powder over yourself. The talc releases the grains by removing moisture from the body allowing the sand to fall freely.
Tatiana Rokou

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