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 Sunny Cove. 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.

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    1. Sunny Cove

    Directly across the estuary from Salcombe's popular North Sands and South Sands beaches is the lovely little Sunny Cove. Apparently named because of its sunny aspect the beach here is also slightly more exposed to the wind and waves than…

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    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…

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    3. 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…

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    4. Shoalstone Beach

    Shoalstone is a small shingle beach near the busy fishing harbour of Brixham. There is a twenty five metre open air saltwater swimming pool, dating back to 1896, at the eastern end of the beach. Berry Head National Nature Reserve is within…

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    5. 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…

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    6. 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…

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    7. 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,…

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    8. Plymouth Hoe - West Beach

    A shingle beach backed by a promenade in the city of Plymouth. There are shops, a cafe, a pool and toilets right by the beach. The city council is working to improve water quality. Signposted within Plymouth.

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    9. Bantham Beach

    Situated at the mouth of the River Avon, Bantham beach looks out over Bigbury and Burgh Island. Backed by sand dunes and the rolling hills of the South Hams, Bantham has little trouble fitting in with the South Devon Area of Outstanding…

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    10. Woody Bay

    Woody Bay, on the rugged Exmoor Coast, certainly lives up to its name. The rocky cove is backed by steep, heavily wooded cliffs. The walk down to the beach is as much of a delight as the cove itself; the path zig-zags through the woods,…

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