Scarborough is blessed with two beaches. The South bay Beach is where all the action is. Treat the children to a donkey ride or visit one of the many amusements that aline the shoreline. Cafes, fish and chip shops, arcades and theatres all feature along the promenade so you will never have to move far from the golden sandy beach for refreshments or activities for the children.
If you prefer a quieter pace of life then the North Bay will suit. There aren't as many amusements or shops backing the bay so you can enjoy a quiet stroll along the shoreline taking in the beautiful views without being disturbed. Scarborough Castle over looks both bays and is well worth a visit.
Whitby has a blue flag beach which is dominated by the cliff-top ruins of Whitby Abbey. With a lifeguard present in the summer months and donkey rides in high season it is the perfect place to enjoy a UK summer break.
Nearby beaches include Runswick Bay, Kettleness, Sandsend Beach and Upgang Beach which all offer different views of the coastline and boast quieter areas where you can enjoy sunbathing or walks with the family.
Filey is a traditional seaside resort which is especially great for dog lovers. The beach is extremely dog friendly and the steep cliffs and tall sea walls offer the chance for dogs to run for hours without the danger of getting lost! The beach is also great for water sports enthusiast with windsurfing and surfing facilities in the area.
The Yorkshire coast also provides an excellent selection of coastal cliff walks with stunning views. Make sure you visit Bempton Chalk Cliffs which at over 650 feet high are the highest in Britain. It is THE place to go for wildlife enthusiasts with world famous seabird colonies including puffins, gannets and guillemots.
There are also many `mini' resorts like Hornsea, Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes and Withernsea which are quaint traditional places perfect for a self catering cottage holiday and within easy driving distance of the larger seaside resorts.
Wherever you decide to stay on the Yorkshire Coast you will never be far from golden beaches, giant rugged cliffs, seaside activities and impressive views.