We’re famous for cream teas, thatched cottages and sandy beaches.

Little wonder then that the 70-mile coastline of South Devon is one of the UK’s prime summer holiday destinations.

Thousands of holidaymakers come to Devon every year to enjoy the coast – while those of us who live here can enjoy it all year round. There are some forty beaches on the sheltered South Devon coast and each one has its own particular character.

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South Devon’s beaches range from tiny sheltered coves to great swathes of golden sand and long stretches of pebbles and shingle. Many beaches offer safe bathing, family facilities, energetic watersports, wildlife havens, access for dog walkers or top waterfront restaurants.

A mild climate and good facilities have made the sands at Paignton, Torquay, Teignmouth and Dawlish popular with families.

Torquay Beaches

Anstey’s Cove Maidencombe Beach
Babbacombe Beach Meadfoot Beach
Beacon Cove Oddicombe Beach
Corbyn Head Peaked Tor Cove
Hollicombe Beach Torre Abbey Sands
Institute Beach Watcombe Beach
Livermead Sands

Paignton Beaches

Broadsands Beach Oyster Cove
Elberry Cove Paignton Sands
Fairy Cove Preston Sands
Goodrington Sands Saltern Cove

Brixham Beaches

Breakwater Beach Shoalstone Beach
Churston Cove St Mary’s Bay
Fishcombe Cove

Teignmouth Beaches

Dawlish Warren Beaches

Bigbury on Sea

Blackpool Sands

Devon’s best attraction, is also its most natural – the miles and miles of stunning beaches that line its coastline.

Beaches along the South Devon coast are some of the best in the UK. From small sandy shores and hidden coves to the larger family beaches there is a wide selection to choose from. South Devon beaches can be enjoyed all year round – the majority of beaches allow dogs in the winter months, a time which is usually the best to enjoy a quiet walk without the crowds.

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