Despite the days getting shorter, the weather turning (usually, although not always) crisper, and the inevitable feeling of ‘only 3 months until Christmas’, there are many reasons why family beach holidays can be enjoyed in early autumn. What you may lose in temperature, you gain in water warmth and tranquillity; enjoy raised sea temperatures and quieter attractions. Whether it’s a blustery walk along the coastline or capturing the remnants of the summer rays, the South Hams has many family beach holidays that suit adventure-seekers and those wishing to ‘chill’ out.
Blackpool Sands is a hit with children on family beach holidays- plus those who are still children at heart! If it’s weather for sun-bathing, the beach is great for soaking up the sunshine. For the more restless, and if the weather isn’t so kind, Blackpool Sands offers a host of watersports to try on family beach holidays. Kayaks are available to hire from The Venus Company, with double seaters ideal for a parent and child. This beach is also a fantastic chance to try stand up paddle boarding; on your family beach holiday you can have a go at one of the UK’s fastest growing sports.
After the exertion, Warren Cottage -about a mile from Dartmouth- , sleeping 6 is perfect for relaxing. Distant sea views retain the family beach holiday feel and the large terraced area with outdoor seating and Weber barbeque will make summer feel less of a distant memory.
If channelling their inner David Attenborough is your child’s cup of tea then visit Thurlestone Sands for a family beach holiday. At low tide the rock pools emerge, teeming with wonderful wildlife for your little ones to explore. Why not purchase buckets and nets from Thurlestone Post Office and Stores and download Devon Wildlife’s marine spotters guide to fully immerse yourselves in the excitement as part of your family beach holiday?
The Thurlestone Rock Apartments are in prime location for speedy access to the beach, with the imposing figure of Thurlestone Rock (hence the name) providing the backdrop. Each apartment has 3 bedrooms and a terrace or balcony to take in the views over the water.
Enjoy the good old-fashioned pastimes of kite flying and sandcastle building just across the water from bustling Salcombe. Millbay is the most spacious of the beaches along this strip, so you can watch your kite soar without fear of hitting too many picnickers.
Making waves in the surfing world, Bantham is busy with beach-goers all year round. For a more family-friendly activity, why not try beach cricket? Bantham’s large expanse of sand is perfect and everyone can get involved, whether it’s highly competitive or just a good laugh.
For a place to rest tired legs, Kirkdale is ideal for family beach holidays. Sleeping 11 it caters for extended family gatherings and is perfectly suited for kids with a games room. This contemporary property is walkable to 4 beaches, with quick access to the coastal path.
When thinking of family beach holidays, what springs to mind? Fish & chips of course! In the South Hams you’re spoilt for choice for this great British meal, as well as locations to enjoy it. Torcross, a beach steeped in history, is a stunning spot to grab some to take away; the Start Bay Inn does a great fish & chips either to eat in or perch on the beach.
1 At The Beach is a 2 bedroom apartment with superb sea views, only a stone’s throw from the waves. Its prominent location combined with its style all add together to create amazing autumn family beach holiday memories.
Whatever time of year you choose to visit, there are always plenty of things to do in South Devon when it comes to traditional beach pastimes. Looking for somewhere to stay? Find out the latest availability from locally based Coast & Country Cottages today: