Revealed! The most popular British beach destination 2012


Revealed! The most popular British beach destinationStock photo, Portelet Bay, Jersey: Rex

Jersey has been named the most popular destination for a summer staycation.

The Channel Island beat out Bournemouth, Blackpool, Torquay, and the Isle of Wight in an annual report by Expedia.

The 2012 Beach Report reveals the most popular seaside escapes for Brits based on bookings for hotels stays so far this year.

As well as listing the top 10 UK beach destinations, the report also revealed the top 20 beach hotspots abroad, and Spain's Balearic Islands came out a clear winner, followed by the Algarve in Portugal and Malaga and the Costa Del Sol in third place.

The strength of the pound against the euro has seen a boost in foreign holiday bookings, with Brits gaining about 10% more for their money than last summer.

According to the Telegraph, Expedia's managing director Andy Washington said: "It's interesting to see that short-haul travel and 'staycations' continue to be a trend for UK travellers this summer.

"We often see travel patterns changing in line with currency fluctuations, and we expect many Britons to take advantage of the relative strength of the pound against the euro, with European destinations growing in popularity as a result."

In fact, according to the latest Post Office Travel Money report, anyone heading to Spain or France will see an extra £50 spending power for every 500 euros converted compared to last summer.

And, if you're heading further afield, you can also expect big bargain boosts. Tourists travelling to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will get 24.5% more for their money this year, or £86 for every £500 converted, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Heading to Mexico? You'll get 15.7% more pesos from your pound, and 16.7% more if you're planning a trip to South Africa.

Expedia's 2012 top 10 British beach destinations
1. Jersey
2. Bournemouth
3. Blackpool
4. Torquay
5. Isle of Wight
6. Guernsey
7. Newquay
8. Weymouth
9. Penzance
10. Ramsgate

Expedia's 2012 top 20 beach destinations for Brits
1. Balearic Islands, Spain
2. Algarve, Portugal
3. Malaga & Costa del Sol, Spain
4. Sorrento (Penisola Sorrentina), Italy
5. French Riviera, France
6. Malta
7. Canary Islands, Spain
8. Morocco
9. Lake Garda, Italy
10. Channel Islands, UK
11. Cyclades Islands, Greece
12. Miami, Florida
13. Croatian Coast
14. Cyprus
15. Alicante & Costa Blanca, Spain
16. Devon and Cornwall, UK
17. Valencia & Costa Azahar, Spain
18. Monterey, California
19. Costiera Amalfitana, Italy
20. Bournemouth, UK

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