Sandgate tops Airbnb’s most popular beach destinations

A Kent coastal village has been revealed as the number one trending beach destination on Airbnb.

Sandgate, which is nestled between Folkestone and Hythe, has beaten popular locations Margate and Whitstable as having seen the biggest increase in Britons seeking accommodation on the accommodation booking platform.

Sandgate Beach, with the castle seen to the left

The village of Sandgate is home to a pebble beach, where new colorful beach huts have recently been added, and Sandgate Castle.

It was the only place in the county to make Airbnb’s top 10.

Other seaside gems that have captured the interest of Britons this summer include Seaburn in County Durham, Portishead in Somerset and Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire.

It comes as more people opt to stay this year, with concerns over Covid-19, which means travelers are choosing to stay closer to home.

In total, nearby travel accounts for 82% of overnight stays in the UK in 2021, according to Airbnb.

Sandgate Castle
Sandgate Castle

Amanda Cupples, Managing Director Northern Europe at Airbnb said: “There’s nothing like the smell of fish and chips and the sound of seagulls to transport you straight to vacation mode, and this past year has seen a real resurgence of the great British seaside vacation.

“And it’s not just the familiar summer pillars that feel the love; this list shows Britons are exploring lesser-known destinations and favoring beloved gems as a way of escape this summer.

“We encourage anyone considering hosting to give it a try and enjoy the next wave of travel – it not only increases income, but also helps revive local economies.

“If you can’t catch them, join them!” “

Cllr Tim Prater, Head of Sandgate Parish Council, said: “It’s great to see, and those of us who live and love Sandgate will be delighted others to discover the area.

“It’s great to see, and those of us who live and love Sandgate will be delighted that others discover the area …”

“Our award-winning beach has received the Seaside Award for eight consecutive years and we have both long established places and new places to eat and drink.

“The fantastic Lower Leas Park is right on our doorstep, and we are in a good position to walk to Folkestone and Hythe if you really want to leave the village!”

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