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By Parkdean Resorts on 21/12/2023

Sun, sea and your significant other

There is nothing quite as rewarding as getting to spend quality time with your partner, throw in an idyllic coastal backdrop and you’ve got a winning combination. What’s more romantic than strolling hand in hand along one of Britain’s many stunning coastlines? The UK is packed with romantic holiday destinations. But, which are the best? We’ve discovered the top coastal locations for a couples beach holiday in the UK.

Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

The village of Robin Hoods Bay with a view of the sea and cliffs

Robin Hood’s Bay is the perfect destination for couples if you’re looking for somewhere to relax with a charming atmosphere. This dreamy fishing village, nestled on the North Yorkshire Coast between Whitby and Scarborough, is renowned for its history and character – easily making it one of the UK’s most romantic holiday destinations.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park is just over half an hour’s away from Robin Hood’s Bay along a scenic route. When driving north from Cayton Bay, you’ll pass through the historic seaside town of Scarborough. Why not stop off at Ravenscar, offering clifftop views to take your breath away.

Whether it’s getting lost together walking the cobbles of the maze-like streets or grabbing each other’s hand on the Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk, you’ll find plenty to connect over on a trip to Robin Hood’s Bay.

Rye, East Sussex

A charming cobbled street lined with historic houses and shops

Taking a stroll around the picture-perfect hilltop town of Rye you’ll feel as though you’ve taken a step back in time. This pretty English village in East Sussex is full of charming cobbled streets, fascinating shops and medieval buildings. It’s the perfect place to escape from the stresses of everyday life and make some memories.

Stop by the Mermaid Street Café for a delicious homemade scotch egg or grab a comforting drink by the fireplace at the historic Mermaid Inn, famously still standing since the 1400s.

Just a few miles away you’ll find the golden shores of Camber Sands Beach, where a romantic stroll along the sand is guaranteed. If you’re feeling up to it there are a range of walking and cycle routes from Rye to Camber Sands or you can hop on one of the regular bus services to simply sit back and enjoy the ride. The magic of Rye is also just a 10-minute drive from Camber Sands Holiday Park - making it the perfect base for your romantic escape.

Tynemouth, North East

A view over Longsands Beach in Tynemouth

Arguably one of the best coastal locations in the North of England, Tynemouth is a brilliant choice to enjoy a romantic coastal break. This location has a little bit of everything, from the soft sands of Longsands Beach to the historic Priory and Castle.

You’ll find a range of eclectic shops here such as the quirky gift shop Razzberry Bazaar, a great place to spend an hour or two browsing, not to mention the delectable eateries dotted along Front Street just waiting to be discovered. If you find yourself in Tynemouth on a Sunday morning, check out the popular Tynemouth Market hosted inside the town’s Metro Station. You’ll find everything on offer here from arts and crafts to vintage accessories and scrumptious street food.

If you’re a couple of history buffs then a visit to Tynemouth Priory and Castle is a must. Tynemouth is within easy driving distance of all our holiday parks in the North East with the closest being Whitley Bay Holiday Park just 10 minutes’ drive away.

Southwold, Suffolk

A pier stretching out to sea at Sunrise in Southwold

Located 20 minutes’ drive away from Kessingland Beach Holiday Park, Southwold in Suffolk is the perfect place to take a romantic beach trip. Southwold is not your typical English seaside resort - and you won’t find arcades, amusements, fun fairs or candy floss, just traditional seaside beauty and solitude.

What better way to spend time together than by exploring the beautiful beach, taking in the views of the multi-coloured beach huts and walking along the 810-foot pier? Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to one of Southwold’s quaint pubs or restaurants and enjoy a nice candlelit dinner, or if you want to explore more you can visit the Southwold Lighthouse, which was built in 1890, boasting wonderful 360-degree views. It’s the perfect couples selfie spot.

Llandudno, Conwy

An aerial view over a bay and pier in Llandudno

The seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales is the epitome of Welsh charm and romance, making it an excellent choice if you’re looking for a coastal destination that’s perfect for couples.

One of Llandudno’s best attractions is the magnificent Great Orme peninsula. This towering headland is a nature reserve with fantastic views, a café and a visitor’s centre, on a clear day, you might even see Snowdon! Getting up to Great Orme is all a part of its charm, as you can enjoy the fresh air taking the steep walk up to the summit by following the tram tracks. Or if you simply want to take in the landscape, why not take the cable car up before heading back down on the tram?

When you’re feeling peckish stop off at The Cottage Loaf, a delightfully traditional Welsh pub which will welcome you with open arms. Relax here and sit by one of the open fireplaces enjoying a local cask ale, or sample one of the locally sourced speciality dishes from their delicious food menu.

If you’re looking for a base to explore this amazing area, Llandudno is just a 20-minute drive from Ty Mawr Holiday Park.

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

A blue bay in front of sandy beach on the Isle of Wight

The stunning shores of the Isle of Wight provide the perfect backdrop for a blissful break. It’s difficult to pick a favourite place to explore on the island, but the scenic town of Ventnor definitely deserves a spotlight.

This traditional seaside resort has been welcoming couples looking for a romantic getaway since the tourism boom of the Victorians. You’ll find everything here that you’d expect in a charming seaside town, from the sweeping promenade to deliciously fresh fish and chips.

Take a stroll to the grand Ventnor bandstand which sits in a prime position overlooking the sea. The bandstand has a fantastic viewing platform for you to look out and steal a few moments of tranquillity with your partner.

Ventnor and the surrounding area offer so many things to do; visit the Ventnor Botanic Garden if you’re looking for somewhere to get away from the hustle and bustle, where you can immerse yourself in nature with over 6,000 species of rare and exotic plants to discover.

Thanks to the island’s compact dimensions, Ventnor is within easy reach of all of our holiday parks on the Isle of Wight.

St Ives, Cornwall

Boats in the harbour with St Ives in the background

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re somewhere along the stunning Mediterranean coastline when visiting St Ives in Cornwall, home to sandy surfing beaches and crystal blue waters. With its sprawling cobbled streets, beautiful beaches and picturesque walks, there’s no better place to enjoy a romantic coastal break.

With four fantastic beaches to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice! Whether you opt for a clifftop walk, a windswept stroll along the beach or to watch the sun setting by the sea, you’ll never be short on special moments. Porthmeor Beach is one of St Ives’ most famous and quite rightly so, in the summer months, this sheltered beach is ideal for beginners looking to try out surfing.

You’ll really get a feeling of traditional Cornish life here, almost as if you’ve taken a step back to the time of Poldark, and there are plenty of traditional pubs and inns that make it easy to imagine the rich history of this quaint fishing town. Settle for a seat at St Ives’ famous bustling harbour and enjoy a local Cornish pasty before making your way to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. One of this town’s most famous figures, the museum and gardens host an intriguing collection of Hepworth’s signature sculptures.

St Ives is an amazing location to stop off at on your way to Lizard Point Holiday Park.

Feeling inspired to book your own romantic break by the sea? Check out our UK couples' holidays at Parkdean Resorts.