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There is something extra special about the sea lapping at your ankles, the sound of crashing waves on the cliffs, and the healthy sea breeze against your face.

The stunning Yorkshire coastline is full of charm, from tiny fishing villages clinging to rocky cliffs to the most picturesque stretches of white sand. Add in the famous Whitby Abbey and some of the country's best fish and chips and what more could anyone ask for on a Yorkshire break with family and friends. These beaches are all within an hour from our luxury holiday homes, where you can retreat back to for a cosy evening in front of the log burner after a day exploring.

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Saltburn by the Sea

Offering a most authentic seaside experience, Saltburn has over a mile of curving, golden sands, and rugged sea cliffs. The views are breathtaking, as is the drive in through the North York Moors National Park and along the Heritage Coast of Cleveland. There’s plenty waiting to be discovered in Saltburn.

The award-winning Seaview Restaurant is a must; there are unrivalled views and the freshest seafood, landed daily from the surrounding waters. After filling up on fish and chips, take the famous (and oldest) water-balanced cliff lift running between town and beach. you’ll land on Saltburn’s magnificent Victorian Pier, the sole surviving example on the Yorkshire coast.

Surf’s up at Saltburn… The beach is great fun for surf lovers, with the best waves recorded in Autumn (if you dare). Saltburn offers plenty of water sports for all ages to try, making it a great family day out.

Whitby

Whitby is not a traditional coastal town. It is just as famous for its fascinating history, culture, and vampire legends as it is for Blue Flag beaches. It is also recognised for some of Yorkshire’s best fish and chips.

Whitby has endless charm and surprising contrasts. Climb 199 steps to the stunning Whitby Abbey, which dominates the skyline and towers over the cobbled streets. The beach is wide and welcoming, and the fully working harbour is filled with brightly coloured fishing vessels.

Steeped in history, there is something for all ages. Follow Bram Stoker’s footsteps and find his inspiration behind his classic horror novel Dracula. Whitby is also where Captain Cook came to serve his apprenticeship in the 17th century, and you can head to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. There’s a microbrewery behind Whitby Abbey, and a famous Goth Weekend held twice a year!

Staithes

This charming fishing village has plenty to offer. Wander down through the winding streets filled with fishermen’s cottages. Or climb up along the towering cliffs with views over the choppy sea and harbour. The soaring, rugged cliffs make Staithes a great place for walking, geology (it’s nicknamed the Dinosaur Coast), and getting back to nature.

One of the largest fishing ports on the Yorkshire coast, local fishermen catch cod, lobsters and crabs. Discover the delights of rock pooling and fossil hunting on the small sandy beach. If you have young children you may recognise Staithes from the much loved CBBC series Old Jacks Boat, featuring Bernard Cribbins on his old fishing boat, accompanied by Salty his faithful dog.

The beauty of the village lends itself to art and there’s well-known painters and current artists can be viewed at the local gallery.

Robin Hood's Bay

This is the Yorkshire coast at its most beautiful. This picturesque old fishing village is recognised by the huddle of red-roofed former fishing cottages that spill right down to the waterline – a way that 18th-century smugglers hid their illicit trade. Full of culinary delights, sample the locally caught fish and local ales.

This great family day out is perfect for anyone who loves unusual architecture and breathtaking scenery. The sandy beach is unspoilt, with rock pools and ancient fossils to discover. There’s many coastal and country walks, cycle paths and bridleways right on the doorstep.

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