We can’t lie, we seriously miss the Mediterranean at the moment.
But the endless confusion over the green list doesn’t make vacationing abroad very appealing.
But as we finally seem ready to see some sunshine, maybe you can recreate some of those holiday vibes here in the UK.
From beaches rivaling the Costa del Sol to a sight so French you can practically see France itself (hint: you can), these vacation spots almost look like the real deal.
Famous Five in St Ives
This summer, leave St Tropez and head to St Ives, the chichi seaside resort of Cornwall instead.
It has the full package – beautiful sandy beaches, a picturesque fishing port, and a solid arts scene, not to mention a few dining options, like the seafood platter at Porthminster Cafe.
20 minutes from Porthminster Beach, Baragwainaith is a charming Cornish cottage sleeping four with sea views and a glass smugglers tunnel into the kitchen.
From £ 43 per person / person.
Point Breakers in Sandgate
Even if you can’t make it to the mainland this summer, you can see the real France from the balcony of The Breakers, a gorgeous beach house in Sandgate on the Kent Coast.
A stone’s throw from the sea, this cool contemporary pillow seats up to 11 people and offers sea views from the terrace.
With clean, stony shores and clear waters, this tranquil stretch of beach between Folkestone and Hythe has a touch of Madeira and is popular with paddleboarders, kayakers and swimmers.
Pick up a top-notch fish dinner at the Little Fish Shop or catch a play at the Folkestone Amphitheater, a short walk away.
From £ 88 per person / person.
Costa del Carmarthen
Spain has nothing on the beaches of Pembrokeshire and when the sun is shining it could easily be mistaken for the Costa del Sol (well almost).
At the start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is Amroth Beach, a stretch of golden sand and a local hot spot for swimming, snorkelling, or watching the sun set over Carmarthen Bay.
Stay at Capel Swn y Mor, a beautiful converted Victorian chapel overlooking the beach, which can accommodate six people. It is bathed in sunlight with wooden beams and arched windows. There’s even an oceanfront balcony, perfect for a sparkling sunset or three.
From £ 19 per person / pn.
Sizzling Southern Hams
Who needs San Sebastian when you’ve got the sexy and salty sizzle of the South Hams?
On the sunny south coast of Devon, a short walk from Salcombe, South Milton Sands is a stunning butter-colored beach dotted with sparkling rock pools and Thurlestone Rock, a stone arch rising out of the sea.
Suitable for dogs even in summer, its sparkling waters hide reefs and wrecks, making it popular with snorkelers and snorkelers.
Stay in the Old Cider Barn in Galmpton, a pretty thatched cottage that sleeps four, with exposed stone walls, wooden shutters and a bright interior.
The South West Coast Path descends to the beach where you can have lunch at the Beachhouse, which serves a menu of the day’s catch.
From £ 31 per person / person.
Island in the (Gulf) Stream
Guernsey’s aquamarine waters, soft white sand, and prickly palm trees are more like Bali than Britain.
Located 30 miles off the coast of Normandy, Guernsey is closer to mainland Europe than to mainland Britain and therefore has all the essence of being ‘abroad’. Gallic signage to old people in casual caps.
Fermain Beach, on the east coast of the island, is a favorite with locals. Accessible only on foot or by boat, you can refuel at the Beach Cafe, which serves crab sandwiches and champagne, then spend the night in Fermain Tower, an 18th-century loophole tower now owned by the National Trust, which can accommodate two people and has a roof terrace with a magnificent view of Fermain Bay.
From £ 63 per person / person.
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