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 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.

  • Sunny Cove © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    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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  • Batten Bay © Philip Halling | BY-SA

    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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  • Plymouth Hoe - East Beach © Lewis Clarke | BY-SA

    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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  • Lannacombe Beach © Bill Boaden | BY-SA

    4. Lannacombe Beach

    Lannacombe beach is one of South Devon's true hidden gems. Nestled away between Prawle Point and Start Point this is a spot to avoid the summer crowds which flood the South Hams other beaches. It is roughly the same distance from the popular…

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  • Bovisand Bay © Derek Harper | BY-SA

    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…

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  • Dawlish Beach © Sarah Charlesworth | BY-SA

    6. 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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  • Holcombe Beach (Teignmouth) © Lambert | BY-SA

    7. 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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  • Bantham Beach © Tony Atkin | BY-SA

    8. 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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  • Hope Cove © Philip Halling | BY-SA

    9. Hope Cove

    Hope Cove consists of two sandy bays, Inner and Outer Hope. As the name suggests Inner Hope is more sheltered and is actually home to a small harbour tucked away behind the rocks at the northern end. The twin beaches back onto the charming…

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  • Woody Bay © David Mason | BY-SA

    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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