Devon has some beautiful beaches, and the following are definitely not to be missed. It is clear to see why this stunning region is known for its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A holiday to Devon would simply be incomplete without visiting some of our impressive beaches lying in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
South Milton Sands/Thurlestone
With stunning sandy shores and crystal clear waters, this beach is the water sport enthusiast’s dream. With activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, surfing, bodyboarding and stand-up paddleboarding all available and very popular.
Mill Bay and East Portlemouth
A very popular beach in the summer for families thanks to its many rockpools waiting to be discovered and a stream which is great to splash around in and build sandcastles, or if you’re on a relaxing escape, watch the boats sail by and time will fly.
To get here from Salcombe, hop aboard the East Portlemouth ferry before walking across the foreshore to Mill Bay.
A picturesque traditional fishing village, with a pebbly beach. From here you can visit Britannia @ The Beach or The Cricket Inn and even take a stroll over the hill to the old ruined village of Hallsands.
An impressive 2-mile long stretch of shingle, quite possibly the most picturesque beach in South Devon, you will be in awe. Behind is a fresh water nature reserve, perfect for a walk or if you like spotting wildlife in their natural habitat.
A very busy and popular beach in the summer and dog-friendly in the winter months. There are great facilities available with a cafe nearby and spectacular views across the Start Bay.
The ultimate surfer’s paradise. With beautiful long stretches of sand and perfectly positioned for waves to crash in. A great beach for a family day out or a walk across to Bigbury on Sea and even Burgh Island id the tide is out.
One of South Devon’s secret treasures. A quiet beach to relax on, with plenty of rock pools to be discovered and a fantastic quiet spot for body boarding. You may even spot some seals on this section of stunning coast!
Perfect spot for a beach day. Worth checking the tide timetable though as at high tide this beach is completely submerged. If you fancy a spot of lunch, you are only a stone’s throw away from the Winking Prawn, who do gorgeous food.
A fantastic beach to visit if you have young children, with a great range of attractions behind the sand dunes.
Situated in between Paignton and Brixham, a beautiful sandy beach with a large park behind if you would rather play over here.
A great beach for families, with pedalos available for hire and rock pools to be explored at low tide.
Accessed by a steep road, this beach is great for paddling and you can even rent a beach hut for the day.
Situated at the bottom of the cliffs in the dramatic South Devon coastline. Rocky but sometimes sandy shores.
If you’re looking to relax, this is the beach for you. Further away from the busier beaches, Maidencombe Beach is a stunning beach for swimming thanks to its crystal clear waters.
Ness Cove Beach
A picturesque sheltered cove, accessed through an old smuggler’s tunnel. A gently sloping shingle beach, makes it perfect for swimming.
Teignmouth Town Beach
A long stretch of sand, means this beach is rarely overcrowded so you are able to make the most of the sandy shores and enjoy the attractions the pier has to offer.