East Portlemouth Beaches

East Portlemouth, Nr Salcombe, Devon

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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. 

Safe Beaches

East Portlemouth is actually made up of a number of small beaches - Fishermans Cove, Smalls Cove and Mill Bay - so you can hunt down your very own secluded spot. All the beaches have won Safe Bathing status so if you bring the kids then you know that the water is shallow, clean and safe for paddling. At low tide you’ll find loads of shallow rock pools, which will keep budding marine biologists or just kids who love looking at critters occupied for hours. If you want to explore slightly further afield, there’s a daily ferry from Fisherman’s Cove to Salcombe’s busier beach. Mill Bay, a privately owned and access is from the South West Coast Path and private access path, the public access is signposted and andy Cove is reached only by foot with the last section being steep. 

Facilities and Activities

The beaches that make up East Portlemouth have got all the nearby facilities you’ll need to make your holiday stress free. There’s parking, disabled access to the beach, toilets and a nearby cafe. You can find out more about the café here.

It doesn’t have to be just swimming and sandcastles at East Portlemouth. You can take in the local scenery with a walk along the nearby National Trust Coast Path. 



  • Disabled access to the beach
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Toilets


  • Beach side refreshment kiosk
  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking On Site



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    Recent Reviews:

    • SpikeyDJ
      Trip Type:
      Beautiful clean beach
      5 of 5 stars
      25th July 2020
      The access to this beach could have been improved but fixing the steps down to it and maybe a handrail. Read full review
    • helena45301010
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Great swimming / snorkelling and relaxing on sand between rocky outcrops
      5 of 5 stars
      15th Sept 2020
      Fairly steep path down to the beach but well worth it. Near Gara Rock hotel for refreshments. Great swimming! Read full review
    • annie20061
      Tidworth, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Quiet sandy beach
      4 of 5 stars
      18th Apr 2021
      We caught the ferry over from Salcombe, £2 each per adult one way and worth the money to get over to this lovely peaceful beach. There is a cafe and toilet, we did not use either facility. There are... Read full review

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