7 heavenly Devon beaches for all occasions

By Vicky Rogers on June 1, 2015

The Blue Flag awarded beach Blackpool Sands, near Dartmouth in South Devon

There’s a beach for everyone in Devon’s southernmost tip…

Whether you are looking for family days out enjoying traditional beach pastimes like sandcastle building and rockpooling, quiet coves for peaceful strolls, or scenic beaches linked by the South West Coast Path perfect for walking breaks, visitors looking for a seaside getaway won’t be disappointed!   Here’s just a selection of beaches to choose from:

Best Beach for Solitude

For a quiet retreat beside the sea, the tiny village of Hallsands is a wonderful destination. Accessed via green Devon lanes, this remote cove offers peace and quiet in abundance. Walk along beautiful Hallsands beach, admiring the views out to sea, or head along the coast path a short way, and look down on the ruins of South Hallsands, a tiny fishing village destroyed by storms in 1917. Stay at The Reach, a cosy property with stunning views over the Start Bay coastline. The property features a large terrace with incredible views and is an ideal base for a couple, with or without a dog.

July weeks start from £836 per week, (£60 per person per night based on 2 sharing.)

Best Beach for Family Fun

Blackpool Sands is a Blue Flag awarded beach on the Start Bay coastline. This beautiful shingle beach is perfect for families looking to paddle in the shallow waters, relax in the sunshine and enjoy a variety of water sports, including windsurfing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding. Forgotten your sun cream? Nip to the onsite shop and pick up your beach essentials, whilst for a delicious lunch, pop to the Venus Café, a fabulous beach café with stunning views over the beach and out to sea. Stay at nearby Hillfield Village, a luxury family friendly development of 28 properties, sleeping 2-12 people. Guests can enjoy the use of the outdoor swimming pool, children’s play area and all weather tennis court. Properties include Vantage Point, a VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded property sleeping 8, with a private hot tub and sauna.

10% off July weeks, now £2773 per week, £50 per person per night, based on 8 people sharing.

Best Beach for a Long Scenic Walk

South West Coast Path, which closely links numerous sandy coves along this picturesque coastline – perfect for a walk with breathtaking sea views!  The small fishing village of Hope Cove is a former smugglers’ haunt and is home to two beautiful sandy beaches on the coast path. Walk along the path a little further to Thurlestone Sands beach, home to the iconic Thurlestone Rock, and then on to Bantham Beach, where you can enjoy views towards the famous Burgh Island. These stunning beaches are all family friendly, and all are perfect for rock pooling, sandcastle building and swimming.

Why not stay at Drake House, a newly completed and immaculately presented VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded seaside holiday home sleeping 10, with wonderful sea views, just a few metres walk from Hope Cove’s unspoilt sandy beaches. Explore miles of the South West Coast Path, almost from your doorstep, or visit the popular sailing town of Salcombe just a 10 minute drive away, with its independent shops, restaurants and quaysides.

July prices start from £3750 per week (£54 per person per night, based on 10 people sharing).

Best Beach for Sunbathing

Make the most of the South Hams sunshine and head to the aptly named beach ‘Sunny Cove’. Take the foot passenger ferry from the popular sailing town of Salcombe, across the estuary to East Portlemouth beach, and walk to this stretch of golden sand, perfect for sunbathing and relaxing – a hidden gem on this unspoilt coastline. Stay at Woodwell in Salcombe (sleeps 8). New for 2015, this luxury VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded property has stunning views over the estuary and out to sea from the spacious open plan living area, the four boutique bedrooms, and from the sunny terrace. Relax with a glass of something chilled, or dine al fresco whilst watching life on the water… or why not take the very pleasant short walk to Salcombe’s fabulous range of individual shops, restaurants and beautiful waterfront.  With several unspoilt sandy beaches within easy reach, this is the perfect base for exploring the Devon coastline this Summer.

Introductory Offer! £250 off all week long bookings in 2015 – selected July weeks are now £4675 (£84 per person per night, based on 8 sharing).

Best Beach for Shopping

The fabulous beaches of North Sands and South Sands in Salcombe are ideal for those who are looking to combine their day at the beach with a little retail therapy. Enjoy a peaceful morning building sandcastles on the beach and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings, before heading to the popular Winking Prawn beachside restaurant at North Sands, where you can enjoy some seafood or something from the barbeque on their terrace. Once you have finished your lunch, walk in to Salcombe, where you can peruse the independent shops and art galleries, picking up some unique gifts for friends and family. Stay at Oversteps House, a luxury VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded self-catering property for up to 16, in the most incredible location just 100 metres or so from South Sands.

£200 off remaining August weeks, now from £5869 per week (£53 per person per night, based on 16 sharing).

Best Beach for Art Lovers

The beautiful landscape found on the South Hams coastline has always been a source of inspiration for artists. The iconic Thurlestone Rock on Thurlestone Sands Beach was painted by none other than famous landscape artist William Turner. With stunning scenery, an abundance of wildlife and rare flora and fauna, this is a wonderful area to create art. Sit on the beach and work on your own version of Turner’s master piece, or why not try beachcombing for shells and driftwood, to create a lasting memento of your holiday .  Stay at the stylish apartment 6 Ocean’s Edge, at Thurlestone beach.  This modern, chic property sleeping up to 6 has both sea and country views from the balcony.  Guests at this luxury development have the use of the outdoor swimming pool, as well as direct access on to the beautiful Thurlestone beach, a few metres away.  The South West Coast Path is also within a short walk.

July prices start from £1553, £37 per person per night, based on 6 sharing.

Best All- Year-Round Beach

For a fabulous experience all year round, head to the unspoilt sandy beach of Bantham. During the Summer, enjoy long luxurious days relaxing on the sand, exploring the rockpools with the children, or surfing in the clear waters. In the colder winter months, enjoy bracing walks with the dog, followed by a warming meal beside the roaring open fire, at the popular pub The Sloop. For somewhere to stay, book a break at Kirkdale, which is situuated approximately half a mile away. Sleeping up to 11, and designed with socialising in mind, this luxury spacious property is perfect for a bigger group. The games room is perfect for children (and adults!) to relax in, whilst the open plan kitchen and dining room is the ideal setting for a family lunch.

£200 off remaining July weeks, now £3768, £49 per person per night, based on 11 sharing.

Why not find out more information about coastal cottages in South Devon, within easy reach of the beautiful beaches in the area.

Find out more about the best beaches in South Devon here, including how to find them, where to park and what you can do there.