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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.