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Devon Beaches

Devons South and North coasts together offer over 140 miles (225 km) of remarkably varied beaches. Whether you’re looking for secluded coves with no one else in sight, family friendly beaches with lifeguards and cafes or a full service old-fashioned beach with piers, cafes, slot machines and funfairs, Devon wil have a beach to suit you.

The North Devon Beaches

You’ll find Devon’s best surfing on the North Devon beaches where big waves sometimes sweep in from the Atlantic. But like the south coast there’s the full gamut of beach surfaces. There are golden beaches perfect for sandcastling, shingle beaches, pebble beaches and rocky beaches.

Google maps Best South Devon beaches guide

The South Devon Beaches
West Country Lets is based in South Devon so for now we’ll look at the South Devon beaches in rather more detail. These stretch from Plymouth in the West to Seaton on the border with Dorset in the East. Click here to view our Google map in detail or just click on the map.

West of Salcombe

Thurlestone Sands and South Milton Sands
These two beaches form a single continuous beach. South Milton sands has a charming cafe/kiosk, lifeguard station and WC. Thurlestone, nearby, has a pub and a shop. Plenty of bird spotting opportunites in the wetland reserve behind the beach

Outer hope
Small, sheltered sandy cove with a very nice pub just above it. Despite it’s size it has coastguard cover. It’s also one of the best places for children’s dam building activitie as there’s a fresh water stream that runs down the middle of the beach

South sands
A stretch of golden sand with easy access. You can also reach here with the regular ferries that run here from Salcombe in the summer. Great for water sports and you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, catamarans and wetsuits from the beach cafe/shop

East of Salcombe to Dartmouth
This stretch of coast between Salcombe and Dartmouth has some of the most spectacular coast and beautiful beaches in the whole of South Devon.

Gara Rock
A beautiful and fairly gentle 10 minute walk gets to you this large sandy beach from the parking field located on the lane between Rickham and High House.

Elender Cove
This hidden cove is just 10-15 minutes walk from Prawle Point car park. There is a steep and slightly treacherous path to reach the beach which is best at low tide and before the setting sun puts the beach into shadow.

You need to arrive early to bagsy one of the 15 or so parking places in the tiny car park although late arrivals can usually park ½ a mile away at the top of the, exceptionally narrow, lane and walk back down. Lots of interesting rock pools and a good spot for surfing or kayaking.

Still an active fishing village with boats pulled up on the beach and piles of lobster pots in evidence. It has a shingly beach and a very nice cafe, the Britannia which also doubles as a fishmonger. You can take your own wine for evening bookings and there is currently no corkage charge. The Cricket Inn just behind the sea wall is a nice lunch dinner spot with a large dining area and gastro-pub style food.

Torcross and Slapton Sands
Great views and plenty of space at this 4km shingle bar which shelters Slapton Ley, the freshwater lake behind it, from the sea. Dogs and BBQs are allowed on this beach.

Blackpool sands
An award winning beach which is justifiably popular with families. It’s privately owned and very well maintained with excellent facilities including a licensed cafe and a beach shop. The beach is fine shingle – too grainy for sandcastles but pleasant to walk on. However sandpits are provided to make up for this. You can also hire kayaks and canoes. No dogs allowed.

East of Dartmouth
This area is often known as the English Riviera. It’s east facing beaches are sheltered from the prevailing Westerley winds so unsurprisingly this was the area the Victorians descended on. Here you’ll find charming, if slightly faded, resorts such as Paignton, Torbay, Shaldon and Teignmouth.

A great spot for a family day on the beach. A large expanse of red Devon sand with deckchair, boat and pedalo hire available.

The traditional British beach. A pier with penny slots, bouncy castles, trampolines, deckchairs, boats and crazy golf. You’ll find them all here.

Pretty shingle and sand beach with woods behind it. You reach it via a steep lane with a small but convenient car park. Popular with divers and fishermen as well as regular beach goers.

Budleigh Salterton
Large pebbles, known as ‘Budleigh buns’ characterise this long, steeply shelving beach. Dogs are allowed at the far western end which also provides rock pools and the possibility of nude bathing.

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