Beaches in South Devon
South Devon has some of the best beaches in England – crystal clear waters, large sandy beaches and beautiful secluded coves.
With over 120 miles of stunning coastline running from Seaton to Plymouth, South Devon has over 50 beaches just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.
Family Friendly Beaches
Kids and families will love the sandy beaches where you can spend hours building sandcastles and discovering creatures in rock pools, and many have lifeguards throughout the summer for extra safety. Many beaches in South Devon have awards for water and beach quality, so you can be sure the kids are having good clean fun. If you want to know a bit more about beach safety – please see our safety guide.
Sailing, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding – and more – the beaches in South Devon are watersports havens – whether you are trying for the first time or a seasoned professional – there is no better way to explore the South Devon coastline than getting out on the water.
Dog Friendly Beaches
Many of the beaches in South Devon are dog friendly – some all year round and some just in the winter. So bring all the family and enjoy long strolls on the beach or a dip in the sea – check out our dog friendly beach guide for more information.
To help you find your perfect beach in South Devon, we have developed our Top 10 beaches list with something for everyone, or if you want to explore further – we have a beach map for your convenience.
The South West Coast Path
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.
The South West Coast Path runs the length of the South Devon coast - and so you can be sure of well-kept and marked paths and signage to show you the way.
The Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of stunning coastline running from Exmouth in South Devon to Studland in Dorset. The start of this coastline, in Exmouth, is marked with a five metre high ‘geo needle’ at Orcombe Point. The cliffs and beaches along the route record 185 million years of the earth’s history.
A geological ‘walk through time’ this part of the UK coastline spans the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and was awarded England’s first natural World Heritage Site status in 2001.
Much of Devon’s Jurassic Coast lies within the East Devon AONB meaning it’s an ideal habitat for rare and important plants, birds and animals. You might even spot dolphins and basking sharks whilst exploring.
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