The most popular seaside destinations this summer

THE most popular beach destinations for a summer vacation have been revealed – and Cornwall did not take the top spot.

Instead, the less popular Sandgate in Kent took the top spot, followed by the beaches of Lincolnshire and Durham.

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Sandgate in Kent is one of the most popular holiday destinations this yearCredit: Alamy

The survey, conducted by Airbnb, revealed the UK’s hottest beach destinations for this summer.

The top spot was awarded to the destination with the strongest year-over-year growth in summer season bookings.

Sandgate, a small village in Folkestone, is often overlooked in favor of Kent’s other popular spots such as Whitstable, Ramsgate and Margate.

The Pebble Beach has even recently opened a number of colorful beach huts, while families can opt for fish and chips at nearby cafes.

Sandgate Parish Council Chief Tim Prater said: “Our award-winning beach has won the Seaside Award for eight consecutive years and we have both new established places and new places to eat and drink.

Just behind Sandgate were Ingoldmells and Sandilands, both in Lincolnshire, followed by Seaburn in County Durham.

The Blue Flag beach at Hornsea was also in the top ten, as was Portishead in Somerset.

Amanda Cupples, Managing Director Northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “The past year has seen a real resurgence of UK summer seaside holidays.

“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.”

Two Lincolnshire beaches also feature in the top ten

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Two Lincolnshire beaches also feature in the top tenCredit: Alamy

Top 10 of Airbnb’s most popular UK beach destinations for summer 2021

  1. Sandgate, Kent
  2. Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire
  3. Sandilands, Lincolnshire
  4. Seaburn, County Durham
  5. Portishead, Somerset
  6. Guette, Somerset
  7. Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire
  8. Hornsea, East Yorkshire
  9. Cleveleys, Lancashire
  10. Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
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