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East Portlemouth: Actually made up of a number of small beaches, which means you can hunt down your very own secluded spot. Kids will love the shallow rock pools at low tide, and it’s dog-friendly too.
Bantham beach: Situated in a designated AONB, Bantham beach has beautiful scenery with panoramic views over Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island.
Beesands beach: A mile-long shingle beach backed by fields and a freshwater lake offering a taste of old-school Devon life, with fishing boats selling the catch of the day and fresh crab sandwiches.
Bigbury beach: A stunning sandy beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty joined by causeway to Burgh Island, with shallow water for paddling and rock pools to explore.
Thurlestone beach: Made up of two peaceful beaches, both sheltered and with waters that are shallow enough for kids to splash about in.
Barricane beach: A picturesque landscape tucked in between the rocks, famous for cowries and other exotic sea shells.
Woolacombe beach: A big favourite for families and surfers, Woolacombe beach welcomes thousands of people each summer and has great attractions and facilities on and alongside the sands.
Croyde beach: Very popular with swimmers and more experienced surfers, as it’s been rated one of the best surfing beaches in the world.
Saunton Sands: This long straight sandy beach is backed by the impressive Braunton Burrows, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, but has good facilities nearby, too.
Combe Martin: Good for families due to the vast stretch of sand and rock pools that’ll keep children entertained for hours.