Bovisand Bay (Crownhill Bay)

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  • Bovisand is a sheltered bay which is easily reached from Plymouth.  It has fine golden sand and low-rise cliffs on either side.

    The beach at Bovisand is very wide when the tide is out, creating plenty of space for playing on the sand. As the beach slopes gently the water is shallow and therefore relatively warm on a sunny day, particularly after the tide has come in. There are also plenty of rock pools which make it fun for young explorers. The bay is also quite popular with snorkelers.

    During the summer months there is a bus (number 54) to the beach from the city. Both the bus stop and the car park are to the north of the beach and from the car park or bus stop there is a steep descent of around 5 minutes to get to the beach. For this reason the beach is not the best choice for those with mobility problems.

    Because of the easy access from Plymouth, Bovisand Bay is popular with locals.  It can get quite busy when the tide is in.

    The parking is owned by the café and is reasonably priced. There are toilets behind the café. There is more pay-and-display parking further along at Crownhill Bay.

    There are plenty of walks around the beach, which is situated alongside the South West Coast Path. Plymouth is a 5- mile walk to the north. Above the beach there are plenty of grassy areas, with scenic views, perfect for a family picnic.

    On a sunny day there are views from the beach across to Rame Head in Cornwall.

    Also known as:

    Crownhill Bay

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

    Dogs are allowed on the main beach all year round. However, dogs are not allowed on the beaches in Crownhill Bay at any time of year.

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    • Diving & snorkelling
    • Swimming/bathing


    • Toilets
    • Shop

    Nearest town



    PL9 0AD

    OS grid ref.

    SX 4923 5054


    There is a carpark both sides of the bay. they both charge.

    Water quality

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    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Bovisand Bay Reviews

    Beautiful sandy beach

    Jul 25th 2022

    Myself and the girls go for our sea dip here and it is an absolutely stunning location.  Beware of parking fees as its £5 minimum if paying by card unless you have the Ringo App downloaded this catches a lot of people out (so have cash to hand).  The cafe and the staff are amazing nothing is too much for them and we always buy our coffee to warm up after our dip. It is a steep stepped hill down to the beach and back up so unless you are quite fit and active its not the beach for you.  However once on the beach it is very clean and water is clear.

    sunny july

    Jul 03rd 2022

    nice location, great scenery, lots to see and watch, peaceful