Our very own Curracloe Beach and Ballinesker Strand has been voted the nation's favourite by members of the public at the Irish Independent Travel Awards 2020.
Curracloe Beach has scooped the top spot in the Irish Independent's Reader Travel Awards for the second year running - as the nations favourite bathing spot.
"It's like a desert Island," you said of the Wexford wonder voted Ireland's best beach.
"On a hot sunny day it feels like you could be in the south of France. Beautiful sand and water and lots of fresh strawberries to be bought en route!" - The papers says.
A Blue Flag beach stretching over 10km along Ireland's Sunny South Eastern coastline, you hailed "miles and miles" of "unspoiled sands" and dunes.
In fact, "clean" was one of the words used most often to describe a beach beloved by generations. "The best memories of my youth are from spending time here running up and down the dunes."
Ireland's Top 10 beaches 2020
Curracloe is "where memories are made", you said. "You could be abroad on a fine day." The beach is close to Wexford town, has ample parking, public loos and a playground, and the Surf Shack is a friendly business offering not only surf lessons, but barista coffee, stone-baked pizzas and Featherbed Farm ice cream in summer.
1.Curracloe, Co Wexford
2.Inch, Co Kerry
3. Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow
4. Inchydoney, Co Cork
5.Portmarnock, Co Dublin
6. Lahinch, Co Clare
7. Tramore, Co Waterford
8. Ballybunion, Co Kerry
9. Enniscrone, Co Sligo
10. Salthill, Co Galway
"We only discovered Curracloe beach last year on a weekend trip to Wexford," one reader wrote. "It was February, so not exactly beach weather, but it was one of the highlights of our visit. I couldn't believe how long and beautiful the beach is. It just goes on and on, perfect for a long walk and to blow away the cobwebs. The kids loved running up and down the dunes, and it was nice to see how spotless it was too. We'll definitely be looking to visit again when it's warmer and sunny."
Locals hummed about the year-round appeal of a beach with a surprising stroll through the Raven Nature Reserve at its southern end - a forested sand spit where walkers might see red squirrels, pine martins and wintering geese. "Winter or summer, it's always good for a beautiful walk," you told us. Seals can be seen offshore, too.
Put it all together with rolling, grass-topped dunes and white sand, and you have the perfect all-rounder.
"It's like being on a desert island," as one reader put it. Curracloe "transports you to north of France".
Words : Irish Independent