Devon is famous for many things: the wild moors, clotted cream, cider, the list goes on and on. When it comes to our region of the county, perhaps the most famous feature is the array of stunning South Devon beaches and the clean, temperate water that laps against their shores. As the only county in England with two separate coast lines there are dozens of beaches nestled among the rugged cliffs. We’ve picked out three of the best South Devon beaches for you here.
All of these South Devon beaches meet top standards for cleanliness, making them safe for children. They also feature great amenities including a Venus Café at each site, which means you can spend the whole day at the beach in comfort.
1. Blackpool Sands. No illuminations or rollercoasters here, just a huge stretch of soft pebbles caught between sparkling sea and scented pines. On a hot day you could be somewhere on the Med. As a Blue Flag beach, Blackpool Sands is immaculately clean and has everything you need in one spot to have a great day out: sand pits for the kids, wet suit and kayak hire, showers, toilets, and lifeguards on duty in the summer months so you can feel safe with the kids frolicking in the surf. It’s no coincidence that Blackpool Sands is featured first on our list of amazing South Devon beaches.
2. East Portlemouth Beaches. This trio of quiet South Devon beaches are overlooked by beautiful Salcombe on the other side of the Kingsbridge Estuary. The shallow, safe water makes the area ideal for water babies to go paddling in, and the array of rock pools will keep children entertained for hours as they search for crabs, starfish and other aquatic animals. Better yet, these particular South Devon beaches have no restrictions on dogs, so you can bring Fido with you – just be sure to pick up after him! The nearby coastal path will let you explore some of the area’s most wonderful views, and there’s even a ferry that shuttles over to Salcombe throughout the day.
3. Bigbury-On-Sea. No visit to South Devon would be complete without a day out at Bigbury-On-Sea, just as no article on the best South Devon beaches would complete without mentioning it. Burgh Island sits just off-shore and when the tide runs out you can walk across the expanse of soft sand and explore the island. If the tide’s in, then a ride on the sea tractor offers a memorable journey through the waves. A great spot for the family thanks to the shallow water and spacious beach, Bigbury-On-Sea is a classic English seaside spot.
Tell us about your favourite beaches in South Devon – we’d love to hear about them.
We have a selection of South Devon cottages that will give you the perfect holiday base from which to explore these beaches, and the other coves that pepper the area.