Local BeachesThe South coast of Devon boasts an array of wonderful beaches - from secluded coves to town beaches, from sheltered bays to surfing hot-spots. We've listed here just a few beaches within about a half hour's drive from the house.
This beach is long and sandy with water shallow enough for the kids to swim safely, and lively enough for water sports enthusiasts further out. It’s also one of the best surfing beaches in South Devon.
Already voted one of the Top 10 Beaches by the Times, Dawlish is great for wildlife enthusiasts and families who want to join in local events and festivals.
Teignmouth beach is a long one, so you don’t need to worry about crowds. It stretches down from the mouth of the River Teign and is overlooked by an impressive Victorian Pier. You may find local fishermen mending their nets, a parade full of amusements and activities like catching sand eels and exploring rock pools.
If you want a beach holiday without the crowds, Mothecombe beach is one of the quieter beaches in South Devon. Large and unspoilt, it’s privately owned but open to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The owners have won an award from the Marine Conservation Society for keeping the sea and sands clean.
South Milton Sands
A beautiful beach for a traditional holiday. There’s plenty of facilities for snorkelling and scuba diving, but not much for surfers. Seal and dolphins are regular visitors to the shore.
Close to Kingsbridge in South Devon, Beesands is a mile-long shingle beach backed by fields and a freshwater lake. If you want a taste of old-school Devon life then this is the place to be, with fishing boats still offering up the catch of the day on the village green and the fresh crab sandwiches served locally.
If you want a beach holiday that gets you away from the crowds and gives you a chance to relax in peace and quiet, then East Portlemouth is well worth a visit. It’s set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is one of the quieter beaches in the area, making it an ideal spot for families or couples who want to leave the world behind.
A Blue Flag award winning beach and one of the most stunning beaches in South Devon, Blackpool Sands is privately managed and has kept its standards high, making it one of the most popular family beaches in the area.
Bigbury on Sea Beach
Dusted with sand and lapped by shallow waters, the beach offers safe fun for for families and children. Dotted with rock pools, the beach keeps children entertained for hours and there are also are a number of facilities and activities available if you’re seeking a bit more excitement.