Let’s face it, everyone loves a holiday by the sea, and the beaches of Devon are some of the finest in the UK. Perhaps because of its two separate coastlines, Devon has a beach to suit every visitor so it’s perfect for all ages. The south coast has been favoured for generations thanks to its sandy beaches, warm climate and sheltered bays. If you’re more into surfing and rockier landscapes north Devon has the waves and a far more rugged appearance to suit adventurers looking for the ideal Devon beach holiday.
For many, a great beach holiday in Devon means the picture perfect coves of Torquay. With no less than an impressive eleven sandy beaches to choose from, the town has the facilities, attractions and climate to make for the perfect family beach retreat. Torre Abbey Sands is the most popular of the town’s beaches, and as it’s the main stretch of sand it’s convenient and well-located for families. If you prefer a quieter beach away from the crowds follow the coast around to Babbacombe. You can travel down to the beach via the cliff railway and feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Slapton Sands is a unique sandy beach as it’s tinged with history too. You’ll find a Sherman Tank nearby at Torcross to commemorate the loss of American servicemen during a D-Day rehearsal in 1943, and Slapton Ley Nature Reserve is nearby if you fancy a walk. Dogs are welcome on this beach all year round too, so this is a good choice if you’re taking your pet along. The beachside cafe is always brimming with customers throughout the summer – and we can recommend the fresh crab sandwiches!
Woolacombe may be known for its surf scene, but there are four sandy beaches to choose from in the area so it’s a great spot even if you’re not a fan of the waves. Woolacombe Beach is one of the north Devon coastline’s shining sandy bays. Its waters are safe for swimming, it’s sheltered by fluffy dunes and the model village of Woolacombe nearby makes it a peaceful place for a day by the sea. This beach has access for the disabled too, and there are lifeguards on duty throughout the summer for added peace of mind. Barricane Beach is a quieter beach in the Woolacombe area, and it was given its Caribbean-inspired name due to the many shells that wash up on it from the Gulf Stream.
Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe is a great one for those with small children. The tunnels were carved in to the rock by hand in the 1820s (to enable separate bathing for men and women) and they make fun places to explore for all ages. There are four tunnels, and there’s also a tidal pool for children. There’s a small fee to access this beach, but its surrounded by dramatic scenery and well worth it for a day out. Don’t worry if there’s a shower during your visit as there’s an indoor play area too.