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Woolacombe can offer almost 3 miles of golden sandy beach, making it one of the most popular in Devon. The beach is hugely popular with families and has one numerous awards. The North Devon village of Woolacombe has a number of places to eat and drink and plenty of shops to by all the essentials you will need for the beach. They also provide a whole range of accommodation. The beach is great for surfing and the local surfing school will teach you all the basics so that you can be riding the waves in no time.

Dawlish Warren

On the south Devon coast Dawlish Warren is another firm family favourite. Just outside of Teignbridge and a short drive from Exeter Dawlish Warren is well connected to the rest of south and east Devon. Dawlish has won an amazing 9 blue flags and has an internationally recognized nature reserve as well as some unique sand dunes.


Broadsands is located in a pretty rural idyll and has a large stretch of red sand. The beach is very popular with families, especially with those who want to keep well away from the amusement arcades. The surrounding area also provides some great and scenic costal walks. The beach is close to Paignton which offers a number of attractions, hotels, b&b’s and Paignton Caravans.


Bigbury-on-sea lies in the popular South Hams area of Devon. The large expanse of sand connects Bigbury to Burgh Island which lays just 200 yards from the shore.  The Island and its hotel has played host to a number of famous faces over the years including Agatha Christie, Edward and Mrs. Simpson, the Beatles, Noel Coward and Winston Churchill and President Eisenhower.


Oddicombe beach is found at the bottom of beautiful red sandstone cliffs. This little sheltered haven is great for those who are looking for a nice relaxing day with a deck chair and a good book. If though during the day you find yourself too relaxed there are some water sports available from the beach. At the top of the cliffs you can enjoy the stunning views of the bay and for a relaxing way to enjoy them you can take the cliff railway from the beach to the cliff tops. The beach is close to Torquay town centre, numerous attractions and Torquay holiday parks and hotels.

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