Ten beaches you wouldn't believe are in Devon

Putsborough beach in North Devon

Check out these beautiful beaches, you will be surprised to find out just where they are! Grab your bucket and spade, swimming costume, towel, and sun lotion and come and have a fabulous beach hopping holiday in Devon!

Ladram Bay

Ladram Bay beach near Sidmouth in south Devon

Fancy a swim on Mars? Surrounded by red rock cliffs and rock formations protruding from the sea, you will feel like you are somewhere very special at Ladram Bay, found near Sidmouth. Thankfully this beach is a little closer to home and you only have to travel to Devon. Close by is Otterton village, with lanes lined with traditional thatched cottages, this quaint traditional village has been occupied since the Stone Age.


Salcombe beach in South Devon

With its blue lagoon-like water, it must be the Mediterranean right? It’s much closer and no planes are involved - it’s in Salcombe in South Devon. The town has some lovely local shops, butchers, and restaurants where you can shade from the midday sun while eating local delicacies.

Soar Mill Cove

Soar Mill Cove beach in South Devon

You will (most likely) have this South Devon beach to yourself so lay back and let your legs get some sun. Soar mill cove Beach is accessible only by walking along the West Coast Path or hopping in a kayak and paddling your way round to this lovely remote sandy beach. Close to Salcombe town, you can stock up on supplies before hitting this secret gem.

Gara Rock Beach

Gara Rock Beach in South Devon

Go traditional and pack some cucumber sarnies for a walk along the South West Coast Path to Gara Rock Beach. There are three other beaches nestled close by - East Porlemouth, Mill Bay, and Elender Cove - so you can plan a route and enjoy all that Devon's South Hams has to offer you.

Babbacombe Beach

Babbacombe Beach near Torquay in South Devon

This used to be (a very, very long time ago) the place to smuggle, murder, and fish, thankfully now it’s just fishing and building sandcastles. This intriguing cove is in Babbacombe, the northern part of Torquay, and is a great alternative if you are looking something different from the main tourist spots.

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho beach in North Devon

Westward Ho!: Pebble ridge + miles of sandy beach + lifeguards + surfers + ice cream = perfect beach experience. This treasure on the North Devon coast has plenty to do - you can learn to ride the waves, walk the dog, arcade games, explore the neighbouring Northam Burrows Country Park, or just treat yourself to a delicious local ice cream.


Putsborough beach in North Devon

A quieter beach than its neighbours Croyde and Woolacombe, Putsborough is a lovely beach perfect for families, with rockpools to explore and a long stretch of sand to play on. The rolling waves of the Atlantic also make Putsborough a paradise for surfers. With plenty of parking, a café and toilets, Putsborough offers a brilliant day out, with far-reaching views out to sea and the surrounding clifftops.

Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands beach in North Devon

A never ending sandy beach and dunes (actually it’s 3.5 miles long) beautiful in all weather, great waves and dogs are allowed all year round. Saunton Sands, on the north coast of Devon near Croyde, provides a day out in itself, you can spend hours walking the sand and dunes, there’s local beach shops, showers, hire of boards and beach buggies, and a restaurant that serves a very satisfying cream tea, Devon style of course.

Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands in South Devon

The Caribbean in the UK - splash through the sea hand in hand down this beautiful south Devon beach. Slapton Sands is on the south coast of Devon a short distance from Dartmouth, and really feels like a tropical beach when the sun is shining down. This is a great choice for families in the summer; there are lifeguards, flags showing the safest swimming areas, plenty of space, beach cafes and ice cream vans.


Woolacombe beach in North Devon

There’s no joking about this North Devon beach, one of Britain’s best, this 5 star 3 mile long beach is the ultimate destination for a UK beach holiday. Woolacombe beach lies between Baggy Point and Morte Point, the town itself has a laid back atmosphere and is family friendly. This is a holiday destination that will be on your list of places to keep coming back to.

Beach holidays in Devon

If you're looking to enjoy a beach holiday in the UK this year, we hope we've proved to you that Devon is the ultimate destination for one. Stay on the doorstep of one of these gorgeous sandy beaches with our selection of coastal cottages in Devon - start planning your perfect break by the sea today!

Posted by Emma on 4th June 2018