Trips to the Caribbean, Spain and Greece may be off-limits this summer, meaning England’s beaches are set for an influx of domestic tourists.
And the good news is that the country holds its own against holiday hotspots if the latest list of Blue Flag beaches are to go by.
Seventy-six beaches in England attained Blue Flag status which is awarded to beaches which meet safety and cleanliness standards.
The figure puts England ahead of Brazil, Cyprus and Mexico, and just short of Spain and Greece.
Scarborough, Margate Main Sands and Whitby are among the English beaches who earned the sought-after honour.
‘Relying on our beaches more than ever’
Allison Ogden-Newton, the chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, celebrated the high number of beaches awarded Blue Flag status
She said: "this year, more than ever, we are going to be relying on our country’s beautiful beaches to escape for a much-needed break after all the stresses and strains of the past year.
“Whether it’s camping in Cornwall, renting a cottage in North Yorkshire or simply having a day out at the seaside in Sussex, a fantastic beach is an essential part of a holiday for so many of us.
“From environmental education for the local community and ensuring responsible beach use, to cleaning regimes and an increasing number of recycling facilities, it is a full-time commitment to create beaches worthy of these awards.
“As we all plan our 2021 holidays much closer to home, thanks to the Blue Flag and Seaside Award those choosing to holiday at a destination with an award-winning beach can be assured it will be clean and safe and meet the highest standards for water quality and management.”
Full list of Blue Flag beaches in England
Royal Albert Dock and Salthouse Dock Marina
Central Beach, Mablethorpe
Central Beach, Skegness
Central Beach, Sutton on Sea
East of England
Felixstowe South and Pier
East Beach Shoeburyness
Three Shells Beach
Walton on the Naze Albion Beach
Tynemouth Longsands North
King Edwards Bay North
Whitley Bay North
Saltburn by the Sea
Yorkshire & Humber
Scarborough North Bay
Marina St Leonards
Hayling Island Beachlands
Margate Main Sands
West Wittering Beach
Poole, Sandbanks Peninsular
Bournemouth Manor Steps
Carbis Bay Carbis Bay Hotel Crooklets
Torre Abbey Sands