South Devon's coastline is truly beautiful. With family friendly beaches that have cafes and play areas situated nearby, large expanses of soft golden sands, secluded coves surrounded by dramatic rugged red cliffs and the perfect places for a rock pool adventure discovering an underwater world of fascinating critters; you'll find your dream day out. There’s even a beach accessed by an 80m tunnel which was once used by smugglers!
Many of our beaches have awards for water and beach quality, and a great swathe of the coastline is under the protection of an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) or the National Trust. Children love nothing better than a paddle in the sea, so a clean beach with plenty of paddling opportunities is going to be right up there at the top of your holiday wish list. The beaches in South Devon are great for crabbing and there are miles of safe, award winning beaches ideal for families, or if you want more action, you can try some of the popular watersports on offer.
If you want to get out and explore the coastline take a walk along The South West Coast Path, which will guide you along the stunning panoramic sweep of coast, and also allow access to some hidden coves and beaches.
Dawlish Warren is internationally recognised as a wildlife centre, while Bigbury on Sea hosts the fabulous Burgh Island, accessible only at low tide or by sea tractor. Sitting on the River Beach in Teignmouth at sunset promises a wonderful view of the sun going down over Dartmoor in the distance. If you’re looking for a beach to sunbathe on then Blackpool Sands, surrounded by evergreens and scented pines, is the perfect place to relax. Fancy somewhere a little more secluded? Try the charm and wilderness of Challaborough Beach, a sheltered cove popular with surfers with sizeable swells and decent onshore breaks.
Each beach has its own distinct character, from the pebbly and barren to the sandy and playful. Whether you want a day walking away from the crowds or a fun filled day splashing about in the water, there’s a beach to suit your tastes. Check out the great beaches of South Devon below or if you know where you will be staying you can search for beaches by location.