The Beach Guide

Best beaches in Devon

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Devon as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Devon is Plymouth Hoe - East. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Devon just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • Plymouth Hoe - East Beach

    1. Plymouth Hoe - East Beach

    Plymouth Hoe East is a developed promenade area just below Smeaton's Lighthouse. The beach itself is rather small and composed of rocks and shingle. It has fine views over Plymouth Sound, a lively natural harbour at which there is always plenty…

  • Batten Bay

    2. Batten Bay

    Batten Bay beach is situated just a stone\'s throw across Plymouth Sound from the Barbican and Hoe. However, unless you take a water taxi it is quite a circuitous route through Plymstock to get here. Probably the best thing about Batten Bay are…

  • Gammons Head Beach

    3. Gammons Head Beach

    A small, sandy cove, sheltered by high cliffs, that disappears at high tide. Accessible on foot only, via the South West Coast Path and a steepish climb down. There are no facilities. The nearest parking is at East Prawle Point.

  • Dawlish Beach

    4. Dawlish Beach

    Dawlish town beach, a mixture of sand and shingle, follows the curve of the sheltered bay from Lea Mount to Langstone Rock, a distance of over a mile. Great for swimming, with pleasure boat trips around the bay in summer. There is a wide, scenic…

  • Bovisand Bay

    5. Bovisand Bay

    Bovisand is a sheltered bay which is easily reached from Plymouth. It has fine golden sand and low-rise cliffs on either side. The beach at Bovisand is very wide when the tide is out, creating plenty of space for playing on the sand. As the beach…

  • Shipload Bay

    6. Shipload Bay

    Encircled by towering cliffs, Shipload Bay Beach is made up primarily of shingle and rocks. The beach was famous in the days of old for having been a favourite haunt for smugglers and access to the beach would have been via a small donkey path that…

  • Leas Foot Sands Beach

    7. Leas Foot Sands Beach

    Leas Foot Sands is a lovely little sandy beach located in front of the Thurlestone Golf Club, just north of Thurlestone beach. The beach here is nearly always far less busy than its better-known neighbour and is often more sheltered from the breeze…

  • Holcombe Beach (Teignmouth)

    8. Holcombe Beach (Teignmouth)

    Holcombe beach is quite narrow strip of sand and shingle, flanked by dramatic red cliffs. Running alongside the beach is a low sea wall along which it is possible to walk to Teignmouth. Directly on top of the sea wall is the railway line which runs…

  • Dawlish Warren Beach

    9. Dawlish Warren Beach

    A popular sandy beach that extends north for almost a mile to the mouth of the River Exe. The beach is part of a bustling seaside resort that also incorporates a nature reserve and a golf course. All facilities and plenty of activites, including…

  • Teignmouth Beach

    10. Teignmouth Beach

    Teignmouth, on the mouth of the River Teign estuary makes an excellent base for a day out at the beach. This traditional South Devon seaside resort has some fine examples of Georgian architecture along with a Victorian pier. It is also situated…