The region with the most Blue Flags this year, with eight, was Thanet in Kent, whose resorts include Margate.
The Dorset regions of Poole and Bournemouth had four Blue Flags, as did Torbay in Devon and the Isle of Wight, which also had 13 Seaside Awards.
More than 50 English beaches have met tough new EU standards to receive Blue Flag awards for 2013.
And a further 113 beaches in England are clean enough to get Seaside Awards (formerly Quality Coast Awards).
The results were announced today by Keep Britain Tidy which administers the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards schemes in England.
The Blue Flag 55-beach total for 2013 is down on the 79-beach total for last year but beaches this year were subject to much tougher standards.
They had to meet a new "excellent" standard required under the new EU Bathing Waters Directive.
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