Challaborough Beach

Part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the sheltered sandy beach of Challaborough Bay combines a horseshoe cove with rugged cliffs. The beach is a combination of rock and sand, and the perfect location to build sand castles, explore rock pools at low tide, and watch the ebb and flow of the sea swells.

The beach is surrounded by the Holiday Park, which has a private car park; spaces may be available for a fee just a short walk from the sand. There are plenty of facilities including public toilets, a café, and a beach shop in season. RNLI lifeguards are on duty in the summer season. A sloping path and slipway lead to the beach from the road. There is a ramp at the northern end of the beach, plus concrete stairs and a handrail.

Challaborough is a popular choice for bodyboarders and surfers: all levels of enthusiasts are found here. There can be strong undercurrents in this location as well as large breaking waves. Visitors are advised not to use inflatables when the weather is windy. 

The Art Deco hotel on Burgh Island is visible from the bay, and at low tide it’s possible to reach the island; it’s totally covered by water when the tide is in.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Beach is not open for dogs between 1st May and 30th September

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  • Shop

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SX 6488 4474

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Challaborough Beach Reviews

A stunning beach opposite burg island a traditional fairy tale each with rock pools and lovely walks

Sylvie padwick
Aug 09th 2019

A fairytale stunning beach a proper bucket and spade Cove magical


A friendly place to visit

Odette Levy
Jun 08th 2019

Friendly people, The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful.

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