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Beaches in South Devon

Discover glorious south Devon and stunning, sandy beaches

One of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK. Vast stretches of blue skies, green rolling countryside, trimmed with golden and white sands or sea-smoothed pebbles, even a lighthouse to visit. Safe, clean beaches and coves offer a perfect backdrop for an easy, relaxing day out with the family. The stuff holidays and memories are made of...

Time for flip flops, sun hats, sandy picnics, ice creams and lollies, buckets, spades, sandcastles, shell collecting, rock-pooling, surfing, crabbing, beach cricket, messing about in boats, stand-up paddling, oh, and even a spot of sunbathing !

Start at beautiful Blackpool Sands, our nearest beach, privately owned and just a 20 minutes drive from Gitcombe. A beach for all weathers, all year around, as you can always take refuge in its cosy beachside Venus Cafe. Enjoy tasty, organic seaside food and, in the summer months, it's open for suppers too. The Sunday Times and Conde Nast's Traveller magazine both voted it one of the UK's best for families. The coastal drive from Blackpool Sands to the nearby beaches of Start Bay is absolutely stunning, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the Mediterranean.

Spread your wings and make for Kingsbridge and gorgeous, sandy beaches at Salcombe (North Sands and South Sands), Thurlestone Beach, South Milton Sands, Hope Cove (inner and outer beaches), Bantham Beach and Bigbury Beech. All unspoilt, as nature intended, and unique in their own way. PS try the Gastro Bus at Bantham, just what you need on the beach.

You'll have to come back another time if you want to set foot on all our beaches, as this list doesn't include some of the more secret, smugglers' coves, tucked away, and off the beaten track. Come back soon.

Our mini south Devon beach guide

Try exploring the coastline in this order...

  • Blackpool Sands
  • Start Bay
  • Torcross
  • Beesands
  • Hallsands
  • Great Mattiscombe
  • Lanacombe Bay
  • East Prawle
  • Rickham Sands
  • Mill Bay
  • Portlemouth
  • North Sands South Sands
  • Outer Hope Cove
  • Inner Hope Cove
  • South Milton Sands
  • Thurlestone Sands
  • Bantham Beach
  • Bigbury Beach
  • Mothercombe
  • and find a few more secret coves...

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