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.

Stay nearby: The Old Reservoir, Sidmouth (sleeps 4)

The Old Reservoir Sidmouth

For more properties around Ladram Bay, have a look at our collection of cottages in Sidmouth.


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.

Stay nearby: Ferndale Orchard View, South Allington (sleeps 3 and 2 dogs)

Ferndale Orchard View

For more properties near Salcombe Beach, have a look at our collection of cottages in Salcombe.

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.

Stay nearby: Charnwood Cottage, Hope Cove (sleeps 4 and 2 dogs)

Charnwood Cottage Hope Cove

For more properties near Soar Mill Cove, have a look through our cottages in Hope Cove.

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.

Stay nearby: Ferndale Treetops View, South Allington (sleeps 4 and 2 dogs) - second-floor apartment

Ferndale Treetops View

If you are looking for a bigger selection of properties near Gara Rock, check out our collection of cottages in the South Hams.

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.

Stay nearby: The Cliffs At Babbacombe Torquay, Torquay (sleeps 4) 

The Cliffs At Babbacombe

For more properties near to the spectacular Babbacombe Beach, have a look at our cottages in Torquay.

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.

Stay nearby: Cloud 9, Westward Ho! (sleeps 4) 

Cloud 9 Westward Ho!

We have a huge selection of properties near this vast expanse of beach - take a look at our cottages in Westward Ho! to see the full collection.


Putsborough beach in North Devon

A quieter beach than its neighbours Croyde and Woolacombe, Putsborough is a lovely beach perfect for families, with rock pools 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.

Stay nearby: Dunes at West Croyde, Croyde (sleeps 8 and 2 dogs) 

Dunes at West Croyde

Nearby Croyde not only has more gorgeous sands but also many more cottages to stay in. Take a look at all of our cottages in Croyde.

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 are local beach shops, showers, hire of boards and beach buggies, and a restaurant that serves a very satisfying cream tea, Devon style of course.

Stay nearby: Ocean Point, Saunton (sleeps 4)

Ocean Point Saunton

For more properties near this beautiful beach, have a peek of our collection of Saunton Sands cottages.

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.

Stay nearby: Cliff House, Torcross, near Slapton (sleeps 10 and 3 dogs)

Cliff House Torcross

Slapton Sands is also home to many more holiday homes for you to discover, have a look at our collection of Slapton cottages.


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.

Stay nearby: Morte View, Woolacombe (sleeps 2 and 2 dogs)

Morte View Woolacombe

For more gorgeous holiday cottages in Woolacombe, check out our collection of cottages in Woolacombe.

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