The Beach Guide

Croyde Bay

Croyde beach is set in a wide sandy bay between Woolacombe and Saunton Sands beaches. Despite being a little tricky to find and in a rural setting Croyde is one of North Devon's most popular beaches - and with good reason. Not only is this one of the prettiest spots along the coast it also has the best surf.

Croyde bay sits between two headlands, which offer some protection from the wind. To the rear are sand dunes, and beyond, the rolling green hills of the Devon countryside. Despite being just on the other side of Baggy Point from Woolacombe beach Croyde has a much less developed laid back feel to it.

The sand at Croyde is fine and golden. Towards the shoreline this becomes firm and compacted, which is great for sandcastles but even better news for surfers.
When the sand banks are right Croyde produces steep, powerful waves which attract surfers from far and wide.

With a seasonal lifeguard service and a fair range of facilities on the beach Croyde appeals to all types, from families to hardcore surfer types.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Not allowed 1st may to 30th Sept

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Slipway

    Nearest town



    EX33 1FF

    OS grid ref.

    SS 4355 3924

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Croyde Bay Reviews

    Jun 09th 2019

    Clean and great the rnli are here also

    What did we get wrong?