Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!
NORTH Wales has three towns in the list of the top seaside destinations in the UK for staycations.
The region has performed well in the research by Marbles, which uses data like beach ratings, hotel cost, number of nearby attractions, and how many rainy days there are.
Beaumaris is the highestg p placed North Wales town, coming in seventh in the list st of the top 40, scoring ng well on attractions s and accommodation costs.
Next up from the region is the Queen n of Welsh resorts Llaandudno – which was placed at 11th. Researchers earchers were impressed with h the reasonable hotel costs and the number of attractions.
Porthmadog, inset, also made it on the list – down in 36th – with its low number of rainy days and nice beaches nearby.
Jim Jones, managing director of North Wales Tourism, which represents around 1,500 tourism-related businesses, was not surprised by the success.
He said: “I am delighted to see Beaumaris, Llandudno and Porthmadog in the top 40 for this survey. “Lonely Planet named North Wales as the fourth top place to visit in the world, and Travelodge also put North Wales in its Top Five places for a staycation, so it’s good to see yet another travel provider putting North Wales firmly on the holiday map. “This survey is another fantastic vote of confidence in what North Wales has to offer visitors, , with year-roundy activities, excellent v value for money for meals meals, quality accommo modation, clean be beaches and good w weather. “With a quarter of th the British populatio tion living within a two two-hour drive of North Wales, staycations are increasinglyincre popular. “Fi “Figures releasedl dl last month by the Welsh Government show that North Wales has seen another excellent season, with tourist providers looking forward to remaining busy. “Increasingly, people are deciding to visit this area thanks to the variety of activities – more than £100m of private money is being invested in tourist attractions in North Wales. Plus there is a wide range of accommodation to suit all pockets, from hotel rooms through to camp sites.”