How do you like to spend long summer days?
South Devon is home to a fabulous array of sandy coves, perfect for a variety of traditional seaside pastimes. The beautiful Salcombe beaches are particularly special – whether you are looking to swim in the sea, play ball games on the sand, or explore the rockpools, Salcombe has a beach for everyone!
North Sands is a pretty cove with shallow waters, great for paddling with the children. Home to one of the most popular eateries found on any of the Salcombe beaches, North Sands is certainly a great haunt for foodies and families alike. Enjoy a fun afternoon relaxing on the beach whilst the children dip their toes in the water, before heading to the beachside café The Winking Prawn for a long lunch on the terrace, where you can enjoy something from the barbecue! Whether you fancy mouth-watering shell-on prawns, a delicious crab salad, or just a scrumptious Salcombe Dairy ice cream, you will not be disappointed. North Sands is also one of the best Salcombe beaches for rockpooling – head towards Fort Charles at low tide to explore the pools and spot tiny fish and crustaceans, left stranded by the outgoing water.
Many Salcombe beaches are suitable for watersports, but South Sands is particularly good for those that love to be in the sea – this beautiful Blue Flag awarded beach has unspoilt clear blue waters and watersports equipment hire available on site. There is also a fabulous beachside restaurant, and a regular 30 minute ferry service from the beach to Salcombe’s shops and restaurants, making this understandably one of the more popular Salcombe beaches.
The aptly named Sunny Cove is one of the best Salcombe beaches for a peaceful afternoon of sunshine! Accessible only from the water or on foot from the South West Coast Path this beautiful secluded beach looks out at the mouth of Salcombe Estuary, and is perfect for those looking to sun bathe whilst enjoying beautiful views across the water towards the other Salcombe beaches.
East Portlemouth and Mill Bay
Situated on the opposite side of the estuary from Salcombe town, these beautiful sandy coves are some of the prettiest Salcombe beaches. For a day at the beach to remember, why not buy a picnic of local food, including freshly baked bread from The Bake House, and seafood from The Salcombe Fishmonger, before heading across the water on the frequent foot passenger ferry for a day at the seaside. Relax on the fine sand, whilst the children play ball games, fly kites or search for shells and driftwood, ideal for making beach art when you return home!
Once you have visited this variety of Salcombe beaches, there a many more sandy coves in the surrounding area, either accessible on foot via the South West Coast Path, or just a short drive away. For more information about different beaches in South Devon read this article.
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