Often described as the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coach, Exmouth’s two miles of sand are ideal for water sports. This includes boat trips, kayaking, kite surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, swimming, and windsurfing: it can get extremely busy in the summer. Backed by a wide promenade, it’s also popular all year round with walkers, wildlife enthusiasts, and cyclists, and there are plenty of local restaurants and shops.
Exmouth is perfect for families with classic seaside entertainment such as crazy golf, Dinosaur safari trails, and plenty of food choices. On the promenade, you’ll find old favourites like crazy golf and swing boats. Annual celebrations include Exmouth Festival and the Kite Festival in spring and summer, and seafood festivals later in the year.
The sand is ideal for building sandcastles, picnics, and rock pooling, and there’s also a nearby private beach, Sandy Bay. The beach itself is ideal for walks, or for those who prefer more dramatic options, the cliffs offer dramatic views of the Jurassic Coast.
Dogs are welcome on many parts of the beach throughout the year, and dog bins are provided. There are, however, seasonal restrictions on the main beach. There is a lifeguard service at this beach.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Dog bins are provided and dogs are welcome all year on parts of the beach and on the main beach from October to the end of April.
- Good fishing
- Kite surfing
- Wind surfing
- Disabled facilities
- Town centre nearby
- Pub nearby
- Beach hut hire
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Exmouth Beach Reviews
The perfect beach!
TraceyAug 02nd 2021
I absolutely love Exmouth beach and the seafront facilities. It’s perfect for families with soft golden sand and whilst no sea is totally safe it’s well supported by life guards. The water is usually crystal clear and currently a great temperature. Re the previous comment, I’ve never experienced issues with dogs on the beach or around the town. I understand there are two specific beach locations for families and dogs and as I’m always in the safe swim zone it never causes me an issue.
perfect family beach
StephAug 04th 2020
The sea is calm, the beach is sandy and there’s a lovely rockpool to explore. Both ends are dog friendly but not in the middle so you can choose where it suits your needs. There’s water sports and boats to watch. There are restaurants and bars on the seafront and at the harbour, which is perfect for crabbing.
Come on Exmouth Council, don't let the minority spoil your lovely town.
RichardAug 22nd 2022
Firstly I would like to say how much my wife and I adore our regular visits to Exmouth, and to pass on our thanks to all who work so hard to make it such a special place.
However, previous correspondents are correct regarding inconsiderate dog owners, who ignore the rules and allow their dogs on to beaches where they are not permitted, and others that leave their animal’s faeces on the promenade, instead of removing it.
Another issue that seems to be getting worse, is the incidence of vehicles speeding along the sea front. It does appear that some regard Queens and Marine Drives as a place to explore their vehicles performance, totally ignoring the speed limits.
So, I direct a heartfelt plea to Exmouth Council to please get a grip on these issues. Yes I appreciate that times are tight, but these problems need to be addressed, if Exmouth is to continue to be the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Devon resorts.
Too many dogs - none on leads
Exmouth beach has been taken over by Dog Owners for exercising their animals. We have even seen Dog Walking business from further afield including Exeter. Dog owners ignore restrictions in summer and there seem not to be dog wardens to stop dogs roaming everywhere. . Faeces are often not picked up and dogs and their owners mainly play ball etc.. As dogs romp , occupy and defacate in the shallow shore line it is not safe for small children.
Most dogs are friendly often approaching strangers and owners cannot understand why you might not like their dog/s around you and take offence very quickly if you ask them to take their dog away from you..
At the new Glacerie & Patisserie & Restaurant owned by Michael Caines (called a Watersports Centre) we recently went for refreshments, lovely setting and quality of everything, but totally ruined by Dog owners and huge dogs, barking dogs and ofcourse their owners who assume everyone loves their dogs… We left quickly not consuming our purchases.
Many of us used to love Exmouth beach but feel it is now ‘owned’ by dog walkers. Now it seems Dogs have more privileges than humans on the sea shore
Exmouth beach ruined by dogs!
Too many dogs and poo, unhygienic and unsafe for children. Dog owners ignore boundaries and dogs roam around yapping and generally causing havoc, barking frightening children, eating picnics. Such a shame this beautiful spot is ruined! The council could act to deal with this it affects local businesses.