It’s safe to say that summer 2020 is nothing like we thought it would be. But that doesn’t mean it’s cancelled. Since the Foreign & Commonwealth Office updated its guidance regarding travel during the COVID-19 pandemic in early July, allowing UK residents to travel to certain destinations in Europe (think Spain, Italy, and Croatia), there’s still a chance that you could get your yearly dose of sunshine abroad before September rolls around. However, it’s still a little risky. And it’s totally understandable if you don’t want to travel anywhere on a plane right now. Or for the foreseeable future.
If you’re looking for the next best thing to Europe, you don’t have to look very far. Wales, which began slowly opening back up its tourism industry on 6 July, is actually home to some of the best beaches in the world. No, the weather isn’t nearly as reliable as it is in Ibiza, and yes, the water is slightly cooler, but if you love the beach as much as you claim to, it’s easy to overlook these things. Especially when you have a three-mile beach all to yourself (i.e. the total opposite of what you would have in Ibiza). The best part? You can reach them all by car.
So pack your bags, prep your Spotify playlist (or check out some of these great audiobooks), and get ready to hit the road. We’ve found eight beaches in Wales that are just as good (if not better) than the most popular beaches in Spain.