History of Blackpool Central Pier

Best Shoreline in the World!

In 2016 a study praised Blackpool for having the second best shoreline in the world, bet only by a very exotic spot!

It was pipped to the post by Dubai, while the Gulf of Mexico sailed in at third place.

There’s no wonder why, Blackpool seafront boasts seven miles of golden sands with award-winning theme parks, attractions and things to do.

The locations were rated on these factors:

  • clarity of the horizon,
  • sea colour,
  • sand quality,
  • cleanliness,
  • interesting features,
  • air quality
  • and the weather.

The study was commissioned by Royal Caribbean and spearheaded by psychologist, Dr David Holmes. He formulated a mathematical equation in a bid to scientifically prove which shoreline is the most seductive.

Second Best Shoreline in the World

The weather was the only thing that kept Blackpool off the top spot.

It came in as the second best shoreline in the world for its clean beaches and interesting features such as the world-famous Blackpool Tower.

Blackpool Beaches, second best shoreline in the world
Blackpool Beaches

Others that made the top ten were Cape Town in South Africa, Cavelossim in India, Krabi in Thailand and Whitehaven Beach in Australia.

Dr Holmes said: “While this formula may not account for every eventuality, the top ten hopefully helps holidaymakers identify the shorelines which are, scientifically, most impactful.

“All countries have good and bad shorelines; however some are stunning in their unpretentious beauty combined with iconic features. Shorelines such as Dubai in UAE score well across all elements of the formula, whilst others such as Inchydoney in Ireland offer wonderful experiences with the added benefit of attracting smaller crowds.”

It’s Great to be the Second Best Shoreline in the World

Being named second best shoreline in the world is great news for Blackpool and highlights how much the resort has developed in recent years.

The resort has seen continued investment including £350 million spent on upgrading the promenade and sea defences, to the investment in improving Blackpool’s sea water and beaches.

Blackpool is more or less a year-round seaside resort. While most other UK seaside towns are out of season, the October half-term holiday is one of the busiest times in Blackpool. Enjoy full-on entertainment and everything you need to make the school holiday as good as it can be.

All of the major attractions are open for business; with shows and events; the LightPool Festival and loads of free stuff for everyone. Oh, and we’ve also got the world-famous Illuminations shining every night until November. No wonder it’s the second best shoreline in the world!


1 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2 Blackpool, United Kingdom

3 Gulf of Mexico, United States of America

4 Cape Cod National Seashore, United States of America

5 Inchydoney, West Cork, Ireland

6 Twelve Apostles, Victoria, Australia

7 Cape Town, South Africa

8 Cavelossim, Goa, India

9 Krabi, Thailand

10 Whitehaven Beach, Whitehaven Islands, Australia

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