Top Devon Beaches

Top Devon Beaches

By: Devon Hotels Association
Added: 11 July 2016

Devon's best beaches for family fun this summer holiday!

Devon is blessed with mile up mile of glorious coastline, sandy beaches, clear waters and fun activities for everyone - perfect for a family holiday in the UK! 

Whether you want to relax on the sand or have a dip in the sea, soak up the sun in one of these locations, while the little ones splash in the waves or check out the rock pools…

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One of Devon’s most popular beach locations, due to its wide sands and tall dunes that surround the cool blue water. Its shallow shore is perfect for kids to play, while the older ones can venture out and learn to surf as the waves are the best in North Devon.

South Sands Beach

A small sandy cove located at the mouth of Salcombe, South Sands beach is an area of stunning natural beauty. With a variety of water sports on offer as well as beautiful coastal walks, it is ideal for a family holiday by the sea with plenty to do.

Bantham Beach

There will be plenty to see while lying on the warm sand at this location, as Bantham beach offers beautiful views over Bigbury Bay and the famous Burgh Island. The beach itself has shallow waters which makes it perfect for the whole family to enjoy, and at low tide the rock pools will be exposed providing hours of fun!

Teignmouth Town Beach

A great spot for a family getaway, this beach stretches out so you’ll never have to worry about crowds even in the height of summer. With rock pools to explore as well as the Victorian pier full of amusements, your little ones will be entertained for your entire stay.

Slapton Sands

Brimming with history and beautiful views this beach is a great destination for family fun. With safe waters and lifeguards on duty in the summer months you can rest easy, and if you fancy a day off the sand you can visit the popular nature reserve and see some of Devon’s wildlife.

Budleigh Salterton Beach

This two-mile pebbled beach situated a stone’s throw from the town centre is one of Devon’s most unspoilt areas with beautiful, safe water perfect for bathing. The town contains shops and cafes while also leading to the coastal walk, so there is always something to do in this small but beautiful area of Devon.

Wembury Beach

Whether you want to sunbathe on the sand or stroll along the cliff paths, Wembury beach will make all the family happy. It is an area of amazing natural beauty, and the waters are shallow enough for the little ones to enjoy.

Croyde Bay

Situated in North Devon, this popular surfing location is also perfect for families to enjoy. With rock pools and footpaths to the charming village nearby it is a great destination for a holiday away from the busy tourist areas of Devon.

Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach

Ilfracombe’s must see attraction; Tunnels Beach is a beautiful coastline accessible only by tunnels that were hand carved in the 1820’s, an experience that everyone in the family will enjoy. With rock pools rated 3rd best in Britain it is a location that has something for everyone.

Westward Ho! Beach

This huge sandy beach stretches out miles from the town and is backed by a pebble bridge, and with beautiful views and lifeguards in the summer months the whole family can relax and enjoy the sun while having a dip in the water.