Retro seaside village named ‘best UK coastal hidden gem’ thanks to Caribbean-esque beach

A seaside village in the UK has been named the best ‘Hidden Coastal Gem’ – and it boasts some of the best beaches in the country.

Aberdyfi in Wales is in Snowdonia National Park off the coast of Cardigan Bay.

A small village has been voted the best hidden gem on the UK coast


A small village has been voted the best hidden gem on the UK coastPhoto credit: Getty
Aberdyfi in Wales is in the Snowdonia National Park


Aberdyfi in Wales is in the Snowdonia National ParkCredit: Alamy
The beach has golden sand - and tourists love that there are no arcades or shops


The beach has golden sand – and tourists love that there are no arcades or shopsCredit: Alamy

Vacation rental website HomeToGo has published its ‘Hidden Gem Index’ which finds the best UK travel destinations not yet on the radar.

And the highest coastal destination – Aberdyfi – landed in 10th place.

The study looked at all of Summer weather and pubs on activities and how photo worthy it was.

The village has pastel colored houses and Hotels line the beach with miles of golden sands.

Be sure to check the rules, as dogs are banned from the beach at certain times of the year.

There is also an old harbor where water sports are very popular with both locals and tourists.

The Sunday Times named it one of the best beaches in the UK for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Visit us in summer and you can even watch sailing regattas and sailing competitions.

A £4.4million project was approved last year to improve the quay wall and access to the water.

People on TripAdvisor rave about Aberdyfi, especially the beach.

One person, who dubbed it a “beautiful hidden gem,” wrote, “To say I was blown away by this little slice of paradise is an understatement.”

Another wrote, “The sand wouldn’t look out of place on a Caribbean island.”

Others praised it for not having “arcades or beach bars” and said it was like a “step back in time”.

If you want a cheap stay, there are plenty of B&Bs and hotels, as well as campsites and cabins to choose from.

Beach hotels can be found for as little as £100 a night, while campsites are available from as little as £13 a night.

Getting here is easy as there are two train stations nearby – Aberdovey and Penhelig.

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Or you can drive, both of which take about 2 hrs 30 hrs from the village Birmingham and Liverpool.

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People have raised the harbor and beach as they once did "Step back in time"


People have designed the harbor and the beach like a “step back in time”.Credit: Alamy

Emma James

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