Local Information : Beaches in Devon
Local Information : Beaches in Devon
Local Information : Beaches in Devon
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Local Information : Beaches in Devon

The beaches in Devon are beautiful and dramatic, and with 300 miles of coastline and 60 beaches on offer there's sure to be one that's your little piece of heaven. Here are our personal favourites:


This traditional seaside resort is the oldest in Devon and offers a great spot for ‘bucket and spade' family fun on this safe stretch of golden sand. It's easy to get to: handy with little ones in tow. There are various watersports on offer and the area is popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing.The long wide promenade is lined with a selection of traditional shops and cafes. Map.

Budleigh Salterton

My personal favourite, full of old fashioned charm with beach huts and a civilised Pimms crowd. This sheltered beach nestled between the red cliffs is usually calm so great for evening swims and safe for children (who will enjoy the pebbles more than you think). The large pebbles also make it perfect for sand-free BBQs and picnics. The town has a selection of shops and a cracking ice cream shop - The Creamery. Map.


An elegant and distinctive town full of regency charm. This is a good option if you want to combine beach with other activities as there are a nice selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. The beach has sand and pebbles with rock pools at the eastern end to explore. Sidmouth hosts the International Folk Festival in August each year, when this sedate town comes to life.


Hailed as one of the most picturesque villages in England, Branscombe is definitely worth a visit. If you can navigate your way through the village (access is down a narrow lane so traffic can be challenging in summer months) then you will be rewarded by a lovely beach, flanked by dramatic cliffs and green fields. Café and ice cream shop onthe beach and a great pub in the village.


This picturesque fishing village was once a smuggler's haven. Lovely pebble beach and a charming selection of shops and eateries, many of which can offer you fresh local seafood - try a delicious crab sandwich and sit out and watch the sea. Good starting point for walks along the South West Coast Path.

Further along the coast in the Torbay area there are plenty more popular beaches on offer, including the award-winning Blackpool Sands. This family beach with beautiful blue seas is sheltered by evergreens and pines. The beach has a Lifeguard Patrol but no dogs are allowed in summer months.

Continuing down to the South Hams, the delightful and ever popular Salcombe is certainly worth a visit. This upmarket hotspot is popular with the boating crowd. It's fabulous, with a real buzz in the summer and plenty of good restaurants and pubs to keep you entertained long after the sun goes down. Also nearby is East Portlemouth, introduced to us by friends, it's less crowded and just as lovely.

Back up to North Devon, the coastline changes from smaller coves to long stretches of sandy beaches, many great for surfing. Woolacombe is very popular and a really lovely stretch of golden sand that offers plenty of space. Whilst good for surfing, the shallows provide safe paddling for little ones too. There's lots to offer all the family with plenty of shops and eateries, as well as pubs and surf shops for the surfing crowds. Just round the corner and the headlands of Baggy Point you have the beautiful fine sand beaches of Croyde and Saunton, both popular with surfers and families alike. The surfing crowd means there are a good selection of restaurants and pubs (family-friendly) open all year round, whilst the Saunton beach café is a great spot to sit on the deck with a hot chocolate and watch if you don't want to brave going in.

The wide array of Cornish beaches are also easily accessible. You can easily make a day trip out and about and visit a number of the stunning beaches on offer.

Dogs are welcome on most beaches, often in designated areas, so please check details for restrictions, particularly during the summer months. A useful website is 'The Good Beach Guide' which when you enter the name of the beach you are planning to visit will provide detailed information.

 "It's hard to have a favourite as they are all so wonderful in different ways. Why not go and explore them all and find your own favourite"