Cuckooz, who carried out the research looked at some of the top beaches nationwide before narrowing down the list to solely include those with a bathing water quality rating of ‘excellent’ as decided by the Environment Agency.
They then took the average hotel cost in the immediate area and found that a night in a hotel by one of the country’s best beaches costs an average of £126 per night, almost £40 less than the UK’s average hotel cost of £36.
The most affordable is Formby in Sefton, with a night near Formby beach costing holidaymakers £98 per night or £685 for seven nights, way cheaper when compared to the country’s average of £952 for a week.
Compton Bay in the Isle of Wight provides further evidence that a summer holiday by the beach doesn’t need to break the bank; a week at a hotel in the surrounding area will cost visitors £709 or £101 per night.
The next best areas are West Wittering in Chichester at £103 per night, Durdle Door West in Dorset for £107, and Swansea’s Rhossili Bay at £111.
South Hams’ Blackpool Sands and Barafundle in Pembrokeshire also come in below the average UK hotel cost at £116 and £120 respectively.
Devon is a particularly viable destination for holidaymakers seeking a stay by a high-quality beach for relatively little money. Woolacombe beach is home to a cost of just £123 a night, sandwiching Cornish entry Porthcurno at £130 per night between the other Devonian entrants, Beer and Saunton Sands – all of which are top-rated beaches with local hotels offering nightly costs lower than the UK average.
Northumberland also has two entries – Beadnell and Bamburgh Castle, while Dorset’s Studland Bay joins nearby Durdle Door West on the list of great but affordable beach destinations.
Cornwall’s Treyarnon Bay completes the list as the most expensive at £158 per night, but this is still considerably cheaper than the cost of flights and a hotel in foreign lands.