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 Woolacombe. 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. Woolacombe Beach

    Award-winning Woolacombe Beach is widely recognised as one of the best beaches in the UK. Located on Devon's north coast, between Croyde and Ilfracombe, the 3-mile sandy beach is popular with surfers and families looking for a traditional…

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    2. 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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    3. Blackpool Sands Beach

    Blackpool Sands is a crescent-shaped beach of coarse golden sand, backed by pine trees and the rolling South Hams countryside. Plenty of facilities including showers, toilets and a cafe serving local organic food.

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    4. Saunton Sands Beach

    Three and a half miles of golden sand backed by one of the most unique and impressive dune systems in the country. Saunton Sands is bounded to the south by the combined estuaries of the rivers Taw and Torridge. Popular with families and…

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    5. Bigbury on Sea Beach

    A large, sandy beach, with plenty of facilities, located between the rivers Avon and Erme in South Devon. Safe swimming, rock pools and the intriguing Burgh Island, which can be accessed via a causeway at low tide, or a unique 'sea tractor'…

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    6. Beer Beach

    Beer Beach sits below the picturesque Devon village of Beer, forming part of the 95-mile Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The name "Beer" comes from the Old English translation of "grove", rather than any connection with the beverage.…

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    7. Westward Ho! Beach

    A vast sandy beach backed by a pebble ridge that extends for two miles north of the village of Westward Ho! Facing westwards into Bideford Bay, the beach is popular with surfers and backed by the Northam Burrows Country Park.

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    8. Exmouth Beach

    Exmouth Beach is a two mile stretch of sand, backed by a wide promenade lined with shops, restaurants and pubs. All manner of watersports are available, including zones for jet skis. Plentiful parking. Donkey rides and swing boats in summer.…

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    9. Croyde Bay

    Croyde beach is set in a wide sandy bay between Woolacombe and Saunton Sands beaches. Despite being a little tricky to find and in a rural setting Croyde is one of North Devon's most popular beaches - and with good reason. Not only is…

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    10. Newberry Beach (Combe Martin)

    Pebble beach dog friendly beach all year

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