SUNGLASSES? Check. Sun cream? Check. Swimsuit? Check.

Everything you need for a nice, relaxing day at the beach.

Brighton beach that is, voted number four in TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s choice awards 2018.

It’s rated behind Bournemouth beach at number one, Luskentyre beach (Isle of Harris) at number two and Rhossili Bay at number three.

Brighton beach has always been a popular tourist spot but after reaching an all-time high number of ten million-day trips in 2014, tourism in Brighton dropped the following year.

The bounceback began in 2016, when visitor figures rose by 5.8 per cent compared with 2015.

This also had a positive effect on Brighton’s economy with income from daytrippers increasing 6.2 per cent in 2016.

The shores and sea aren’t the only things that attract people to the beach, with Brighton Palace Pier one of the main attractions.

Brighton Palace Pier Group CEO Anne Ackord said “We’re very proud that Brighton beach has been named one of the best in the UK.”

“It’s one of the most scenic places to go to when you visit Brighton. There is nothing more calming than sitting in a deck chair and watching the waves crash against the shore.

“We are pleased that Brighton has once again been recognised for its excellent environment and all the fun of the seaside.”

Brighton beach beat the likes of Weymouth beach, another popular tourist spot, and Three Cliffs Bay in Swansea.

Although our beach lacks a little sand compared to the others, some believe the pebbles add to its charm.

“It’s great to see Brighton and Hove beach up there with the best, pebbles and all,” said Ruth Allsop of Brighton and hove City Council.

“A tremendous amount of work goes in to making our city attractive for visitors and accolades like this are always very welcome.”

Initiatives like Take It Home, set up by The Argus in 2013 help keep the city and the beach clean and free of litter, giving it a nicer look and feel.

Ms Allsop said attractions around Brighton add to the success of the beach.

She said: “We’re also extremely lucky to have a thriving independent shopping scene, high quality restaurants and bars and the beautiful South Downs countryside right on our doorstep.

“Major attractions such as the British Airways i360, the Royal Pavilion. Brighton Palace Pier and Sealife Centre ensure there’s plenty on offer year round as well as the beach.”

Worldwide, Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean topped the list, followed by beaches in Brazil, Cuba, Aruba and the Cayman Islands.

Bournemouth beach was the only British beach to make it into the worldwide top 25.

So it seems Brighton has a long way to go before cracking the international market but for now top five in the country is simply sand-tastic.