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We have complied a list of North Devon and South Devon’s best beaches, offering you the ultimate beach guide to the South West England coastline.

Whether you are looking for a sand or shingle beach, a beach with breath-taking scenery or opportunities for watersports, Devon’s best beaches may see you booking a holiday to Devon sooner than expected!

Read on to discover 7 of the best beaches in Devon…


Best Beaches in North Devon

1. Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe North Devon

Naturally Woolacombe has made it to the top of our list; with its rolling surf, unbroken Atlantic breakers, golden sands and spectacular views over the Woolacombe Downs, it’s easy to see why this Devon beach sees tourist flocking from all over to this award-winning part of Devon! Considered one of the best beaches in North Devon, Woolacombe is the ideal spot for a summer spent on the waves.

Address: The EsplanadeWoolacombe EX34 7DL

2. Croyde Bay Beach

Croyde Devon

Our next best beach in North Devon has to be the beautiful Croyde Bay Beach, which is considerably smaller than some of it’s sister beaches along the coastline. Croyde plays host to fine golden sands and it rests between two headlands, meaning that there will be some protection against the wind. With a range of facilities and seasonal lifeguard cover, this beach in Devon is sure to be popular with families.

Address: Croyde Bay Beach, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1FF

3. Westward Ho! Beach

Westward ho

With everything you would expect from one of the best beaches in Devon, Westward Ho! Beach plays host to seaside shops, delicious food outlets and a long stretch of sandy beach. If you are looking for a traditional seaside to take your family, Wesward Ho! Beach is perfect, and it is also popular with windsurfers and dog walkers.

Address: Westward Ho!, Devon, EX39 1LL


Best Beaches in South Devon

4. Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands, Devon

Slapton Sands is the type of beach you’d expect to see plastered across the front of a postcard, because of its picturesque setting! This idyllic shoreline makes for the perfect family holiday; with soft dense sands for constructing sandcastles, a gentle current for swimming or canoeing and of course plenty of room for sun bathing. This South Devon beach is also a great spot for animal lovers as it’s open to dogs all-year-round.

5. East Portlemouth

East Portlemouth, South Devon

This best beach in South Devon is slightly different to all of the other beaches in Devon, as East Portlemouth isn’t just one long stretch of coast but actually several small beaches, coves and bays. Each of the small independent beaches have won Safe Bathing status and with so many to choose from you’re pretty much guaranteed your own secluded spot, making this beach perfect for couples.

Address: East Portlemouth, Nr Salcombe, Devon

6. Bigbury-on-Sea

Bigbury-on-Sea and Burgh Island

This particular beach in Devon has a number of award-winning qualities, but possibly it’s most noticeable feature is its beautiful scenery. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bigbury-on-Sea is a photographer’s dream, with shallow waters, soft clean sand and wonderful views towards Burgh Island. For views back towards Bigbury-on-Sea, cross to Burgh Island at low tide or grab a ride on the ever popular sea tracker during high tide.

Address: Bigbury, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4AZ

7. Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands

Our final best beach in Devon, Blackpool Sands brings a little slice of the Mediterranean to Devon with its clear waters, clean beach and fragrant backdrop of scented pines and evergreens. This picturesque stretch of coast is not only perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon spent relaxing on the shore but with fantastic water sports available and the delicious Venues Café within striking distance, it’s easy to see why this beach has been awarded Blue Flag status.


So there you have it, our choice of Devon’s best beaches. you can also enjoy a host of dog-friendly Devon beaches with your canine companion. If this list has left you longing for a trip to the South coast then why not book one of our holiday cottages in Devon? Full of character and style, these cottages are the perfect addition to any Devon beach break!

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