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Devon beach named best in UK for second year running

Woolacombe beach in Devon has been named by travellers as the UK's best beach for a second year in a row.

The three-mile long stretch of sand retained the top spot in a list based on TripAdvisor reviews and ratings.

The travel site described Woolacombe as having "rolling, unbroken surf which makes it the ideal hotspot for surfers".

It added: "The sheer length of the beach means that there is no shortage of sand to sit down and relax on during the busy summer months."

The number one beach in the world was named as Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos, a set of islands south-east of the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean.

Closer to home, the best beach in Europe was named as Playa de Ses Illetes on the Spanish i sland of Formentera.

:: The t op 10 beaches in the UK according to TripAdvisor are:

1. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon

2. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset

3. St Brelade's Bay Beach, St Brelade, Jersey

4. Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Swansea

5. Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

6. Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

7. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

8. Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall

9. Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset

10. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris

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