Scarborough is called the "Queen of the Yorkshire Coast" and situated with Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast to the north and Filey and Bridlington to the south. York inland to the west is one hour by car or 45 minutes by train.
Scarborough has lots of attractions for visitors aside from the beach. Scarborough Castle dominates the coastal skyline, and backing onto the beach there are lots of options for eating out and traditional seaside entertainments, and the number of festivals in summer is growing. North along the coast you come to Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby and Bridlington to the south, or if you have had enough of the seaside the North York Moors National Park reaches right to the edge of town. Further afield, but easily reachable in a day trip, you can go shopping in Leeds, visit historic York or visit local market towns such as Beverley, Helmsley and Malton which are in easy reach .
The most famous hotel in town is the Grand, which dominates the skyline from the beach and was one of largest hotels in Europe when it was completed in 1867. These days Scarborough has many other hotels, from luxury spas to B&Bs. There are also plenty of other accommodation options around town.