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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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town



EX33 1FF

OS grid ref.

SS 4355 3924


Car parking is available (including disabled parking) for a charge.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Croyde Bay Reviews


Jul 28th 2020

Tankers trying to take excess sewage away during holiday season unsuccessful. Council guidelines..  stay out of water
Same every year. Something needs to be done.

Amazing beach

Belinda Pierce
Jan 28th 2020

This beach has everything surf, sand, in the summer holidays there are also volleyball courts with nets and sometimes football pitches with goals in place.  The sand is wonderful, the dunes are such fun for hide and seek and they wear the children out.  Either end of the beach there are tidal rock pools which are great for clambouring about on - learning and seeing crabs, anenomes, shrimps and little fish, lots of mussels and other rooted shellfish.  A terrific beach for the whole family and sometimes in summer there is an ice cream stand in the middle of the beach.  Teas/coffee and food also available at the cafe - along with public toilets and shower.  The surf can be incredible and the RNLI ensure everyone stays safe.  just LOVE this beach

Jun 09th 2019

Clean and great the rnli are here also

What did we get wrong?