With COVID-19 restrictions lifting across the UK, the North Yorkshire hotspot has seen a huge rise in online searches for accommodation in the area and it has topped holiday rentals online search engine HomesToGo's spring staycation searches, with 51 per cent of those surveyed admitting they would like to go to the seaside for their first trip post-lockdown.
There was an 1,137 per cent uplift in searches for Saltburn-by-the-Sea, whilst Rye, Sussex, Poole and Bournemouth, both in Dorset, and Bude, Cornwall, all ranking high on the searches.
Caroline Burns, head of PR and travel expert at HomeToGo, said: "Destinations along the coastline surrounding the North York Moors National Park have seen an increase in searches across the board. Following the announcement on 5th April regarding domestic travel’s return, searches for Whitby saw an uplift of 39%, Staithes 78%, Sandsend 95% and the picturesque village of Robin Hood’s Bay 484%, in comparison to the same period in 2019. While over half of Brits list beach stays as the type of trip topping their post-lockdown wish list, HomeToGo’s Return Of Travel study also revealed that holidays involving wildlife experiences and cultural activities rank second and third respectively. Home to the Victorian spa town of Saltburn, sublime walking routes such as the Cleveland Way National Trail, and iconic historical sites including Whitby Abbey, it’s easy to see how seaside destinations along the North Yorkshire And Cleveland Heritage Coast tick the boxes for travellers this spring."