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Beaches in Devon

Blue Flag beaches, hidden coves, surfing and sunbathing

Devon's beaches are one of the reasons people come and visit the county.  On the north side there are fantastic surfing and watersport beaches whilst on the more tranquil south coast there area plenty of hidden coves and beautiful sandy beaches - many within easy reach of some Devon's most interesting towns and villages.


Bantham beach is a long and sandy beach with safe shallow water for families.  There is also an active watersports scene and plenty of facilities around the beach.

Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands in the South Hams is a lovely sandy cove neart to Dartmouth.  There is a cafe and toilet facilities as well as watersport facilities.  The beach is very popular with families given its safe and sheltered nature.

Bigbury on Sea

Bigbury on Sea in the South Hams is a large sandy beach and is well known for Burgh Island which is situated just off the beach.  There are cafes, shops and other facilities around the beach as well as the famous hotel and Pilchard Inn pub on Burgh Island which is accessible at low tide.


Challaborough beach in the South Hams is a sheltered horse shoe shaped beach with fine sand and has a reputation as an excellent surf beach and hosts several surf competitions.  The beach has a cafe and toilet facilities and there is also a regular lifeguard presence.

Dawlish Warren

Dawlish Warren in Teighbridge is a popular family beach with a mainly sandy beach with some shingle and has excellent facilities.  There are plenty of cafes, shops and amusements as well as lifeguards and a promenade.


Meadfoot beach near Torquay is a shingle beach popular with locals and visitors alike.  The beach has a promenade behind which is a tree lined hillside.  The Osborne Hotel overlooks the beach and has a restaurant and bistro.

Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands is a 3 mile stretch of beach overlooked by an art deco hotel and is in one of north Devon's most rural spots being backed by Braunton Burrows, a Unesco reserve and one of the UK's largest dune systems.


Shoalstone beach in Brixham is a small shingle beach just along the coast from the picturesque Brixham harbour.  The beach has some limited facilties but has easy access to the shops and cafes in Brixham.

Tunnels Beach

Tunnels beach in Ilfracombe is a unique in that visitors reach the beach via four tunnels.  The beach has plenty of facilites and provides a tranquil swimming spot on the otherwise choppy north coast.

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! beach in North Devon is a long sandy beach with good facilities including cafes, toilets and lifeguards.  The beach ahs rows of traditional beach huts and is an ideal beach for families.


Woolacombe beach in north Devon is one of the largest and most popular beaches in the whole of Devon with its golden sand and excellent watersport facilities.  The beach boasts great surfing conditions and is very popular with windsurfing, sailing and other watersports.





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