5 Unbelievable Beaches in Britain

While the UK is renowned for being a green and pleasant land, thanks to its glorious countryside, it is also the proud owner of some of the most stunning coastlines imaginable.  So, discover the beauty on your doorstep by swapping a short-haul getaway for a memorable stay cay at one of these UK paradises on Airbnb this summer.

Best for long walks: Portscatho, Cornwall

When was the last time you took a road trip out of the city? The calming coastal destinations of Portscatho in Cornwall could make the ideal retreat for reconnecting with the outdoors this summer.

Situated on the Roseland Peninsula, Portscatho has a wealth of walking routes ideal for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty making it the perfect place to stretch your legs.

Take the dramatic scenes from high up on the cliff tops before making your footprints down below on the sand as you follow the paths laid out by the hundreds of Portscatho visitors who return year after year.

Then all there is to do is head back to your Airbnb home away from home and relax over an evening drink - you certainly deserve it.

Best for families: Formby, Merseyside

Promising fun for the whole family, Formby in Merseyside could be the perfect place to get everyone back together this summer.

Stretches of long and uncrowned sandy beaches are great for family walks between the dunes and the woodlands where, if you're lucky, you'll spot one of our island's now super rare red squirrels.

Formby is filled with beach homes big enough to host the whole family - including plenty of properties with a pool to keep the kids happy - so you might feel like you went further afield than the short trip from Liverpool and Birmingham.

Homes in Formby are particularly hot property, popular with wealthy footballers - and you might just find the Merseyside coast is a perfect match for you and your brood when you book an Airbnb getaway this summer. 

Best for foodies: Luskentyre outer Hebrides

They say that Luskentyre feeds the soul - but if you really want to satiate your appetite, then the Outer Hebrides is the place to be. 

Situated on the island of Lewis and Harris, the beach town of Luskentyre offers some of the best seafood around, thanks to the clearest turquoise blue waters that kiss the coastline every day. The monkfish and hake come specially recommended, as well as the variety of crustaceans that come straight off the seabed from the surrounding Atlantic Ocean.

It's an area well known for fresh local produce and home-cooked grub, so foodies won't be disappointed by the best that this Scottish seaside destination can offer.

Of course, all you'll need to do is find yourself a spot at one of the sea-view restaurants offering a breathtaking view of Luskentyre's unforgettable seascape, with waters so unbelievably clear that you could be mistaken for thinking you're on a Caribbean island  not two hours out of Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Airbnb have a plethora of picturesque properties for you to enjoy this slice of paradise at your own pace.

Best for Instagrammers: Wells, Norfolk

Style-savvy holidaymakers will fall in love with Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk, where vintage seaside charm meets outstanding natural beauty.

The beach itself is a regular 'Beach of the year' winner and widely considered one of the Britain's best, while the delightful harbour town has so much to see that you'll find it hard to put the camera down.

Marvel at the cheerful beach huts that stand on stilts all along the coastline, each individually decorated in insta-worthy rainbow shades - perfect for that envy-inducing snap. Or, capture the teal river boats and candy-striped deckchairs that are sure to put some colour back into your life - and your grip. 

The unique charm of Wells certainly hasn't escaped its home owners, either, stay in one of many contemporary beachside homes on Airbnb with interiors that reflect their equally stylish hosts. From bright and airy modern properties overlooking the harbour to quaint and characterful cottages, you'll go home with a head filled with inspiration - and a heart full of contentment.

Best for Adrenaline junkies: West Wittering, Sussex

For Londoners keen to get out on the water this summer, thrill seekers can be riding the tide in Sussex within just two hours. West Wittering beach, located on the hugely popular southeast coast, has been a hotspot for kite and windsurfing even since the 1970s. 

This beach is best suited to beginners and intermediate level, because of the waist-height waters and low tide.  So, fans of water sports can get to grips with a new skill at any one of the coaching schools lining the Sussex coast, where the surfer community could keep you coming back to this holiday hotspot for years to come.

If that's not enough, West Wittering has a wealth of scenic cycling routes, as well as great places to take up horse riding, and plenty of unique Airbnb holiday homes (some with their own swimming pools).

So, could this summer be the perfect time to rediscover the adventure in you?