St Marys Bay
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St Mary's Bay is a secluded cove not far from the town of Brixham. The beach is mostly sandy with some shingle and rocks. Located just south of Berry Head the beach just about lies on the popular 22-mile stretch of coastline known as the English Riviera. This name dates back to Victorian times because of the temperate climate, sub-tropical plants and scenic waterfronts.
The beach is a popular spot for swimming and snorkelling, although there is no lifeguard service. It is also a good place to search for fossils.
St Mary's is best reached from the pay and display car park at Sharkham Point, at the end of St Mary's Road along a path and some steep steps. This can make disabled access quite difficult.
Sharkham Point is the headland to the south of the beach. From here there are excellent views of St Mary's Bay and the heritage coast beyond. There are further panoramic views from the coastal path that passes above the beach.
To the north, the path takes visitors to Berry Head National Nature Reserve. Here there are public toilets and a café. Otherwise, the closest facilities are to be found in the centre of Brixham with its attractive working harbour. Here you will find no shortage of shops, pubs and restaurants.