Not only did Bournemouth do well in the UK but it was ranked the fifth best beach in Europe, seeing off some hot competitions from places like Sicily, Crete and Gran Canaria.
These awards are based on travelers’ reviews and ratings submitted to the TripAdvisor website over the past year so they truly represent ‘the people’s choice’.
Other British beaches which scored highly for their quality and cleanliness included the Luskentyre beach on the Isle of Harris, (rated second best in Britain) followed by Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula and then Brighton beach.
Clearly, TripAdvisor travelers are hardy folk and the absence of any sand at all on Brighton beach has not deterred them, nor the fact that the Isle of Harris is not exactly, well, accessible.
The European beaches which came in ahead of Bournemouth in the popularity stakes included La Concha in San Sebastián, Spain (named the best beach in Europe), followed by Elafonissi in Greece and Falesia in Olhos de Agua, Portugal.
The Bournemouth Tourism folks are probably not too bothered about the fact that Grace Bay on the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean was named the world’s best beach. After all, it doesn’t have a pier or an Oceanarium.