Devon Beaches

Devon is unique in that it is the only county in England that has two separate coastlines, found in North Devon and South Devon respectively. Explore them both when you visit Devon!

Along each of the Devon coastlines, you will find gorgeous golden beaches, secluded coves, and glistening water. The county is also home to nine spectacular Blue Flag beaches which is a commendation of the cleanliness and water quality of the beaches. There are also many dog friendly beaches in Devon, which are either open throughout the year or at specific times in the calendar so be sure to check the restrictions on these. Devon beaches are also ideal for families as a large number of them have regular lifeguards during the main holiday season. Interestingly, both the north and south Devon coastlines are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our guide to Devon beaches will help you decide your perfect coastal holiday in Devon and you can choose the perfect accommodation from our range of hotels, cottages, holiday parks, and B&Bs.

As they face out to the Atlantic Ocean, many of the beaches in North Devon have gained a reputation for their quality of surf. Beaches such as Croyde and Woolacombe often host surfing competitions, and the former is home to Goldcoast Oceanfest, a 3 day festival dedicated to celebrating surfing, music and other beach sports. Putsborough is another popular beach in North Devon with local surfers due to its sheltered shoreline. Further along the coast from Croyde is Saunton Sands beach, featuring three miles of golden sand and undulating sand dunes that are perfect for picnics. Westward Ho! beach is located along the North Devon coast, and is a popular beach with water sports enthusiasts as well as kite-surfers. The village in Westward Ho! offers unique shops, quaint cafes and welcoming pubs. There are numerous town beaches in North Devon which offer much easier accessibility than some of the harder to reach places, one of these is Instow beach where you will find a wide expanse of sand with dunes at the northern end. One of the most beautiful aspects of the beaches in North Devon is that they are perfectly positioned to watch breath-taking sunsets. Other beaches in North Devon to note include; Lee Bay, Hele Bay, and Combe Martin.

Interestingly, both the north and south Devon coastlines are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

South Devon is also home to some of the UK’s best beaches, ranging from quiet coves and inlets, to bustling town beaches. No fewer than 22 beaches can be found in the English Riviera, and this area has the highest concentration of Blue Flag beaches in England. One of the most popular beaches in South Devon is Bigbury Beach, a large family beach close to the village of Bigbury. The beach is perfect for families as there is plenty of room for playing on the sand and going for a refreshing paddle in the water, at low tide Burgh Island is reachable on foot. Salcombe is a popular location for sailing and other seaside activities, and as the town features four beaches, visitors are spoilt for choice when they enjoy a holiday here. Salcombe South beach is a fine sandy beach located just to the south of the Salcombe north beach, another sandy town beach. The other beaches in Salcombe are, Millbay and East Portlemouth. Blackpool Sands is a beach on the south coast of Devon that will make you feel like you have been transported to the Mediterranean due to the glassy azure waters and being framed on three sides by lush greenery. Other popular South Devon beaches include Challaborough, Beesands, Thurlestone Sand, and Soar Mill Cove.

Use our guide of Devon beaches above to plan your holiday in Devon.

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