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Attractions in Devon

Beaches in Devon

There are a huge range of beaches in Devon many of which are only a short drive from our holidays parks. But how do you choose? Well we have put together a list of our favourite Devon beaches to help make it easier for you.

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Bantham beach, Bantham
  • Sandy
  • Water Sports
  • Surfing
  • Pet Friendly

This beach is backed by marram covered sand dunes and has lots of rock pools. Bantham is one of the most popular surfing beaches in Devon.

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Added by Sheila on 29/07/2012 22:46:08

Lovely white sand beach. Not so busy as the others. You have to pay £5 to park but worth the money. I would recommend this beach.

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Challaborough Beach, Challaborough
  • Sandy
  • Water Sports
  • Surfing
  • Blue Flag
  • Pet Friendly

A sheltered cove with a fine sandy beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Great for building sand castles and exploring rock pools at low tide. The beach experiences swells and shore breaks and is consequently popular with surfers and body boarders. Challaborough Bay Holiday Park offers direct access to the Blue Flag Beach.

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Added by Helen Dwyer on 29/03/2012 13:59:14

Beautiful beach, very clean, loads of space to play, great exploring the rock pools. Enjoyed watching the surfers, water still very cold, end of March, so only dipped a toe myself!

Added by Sarah Cleverley on 29/09/2011 14:01:43

What can I say - simply amazing! Swimming, surfing, rock pools - the works! Also the most beautiful sunsets, absolutely stunning. We miss Challaborough every time we come home and want to be there all the time.

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Teignmouth Town beach, Teignmouth
  • Sandy
  • Water Sports
  • Surfing
  • Disabled Access
  • Pet Friendly

This is one of Devon's most popular beaches. With free summer entertainment, long promenade, state-of-the-art children's play area and adventure golf course means that a day on Teignmouth beach is a real family treat.

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Added by Sandra Davis on 22/06/2011 19:40:51

What a lovely spot, beach for kids, great parking, and town far enough away not to spoil the seaside.

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Bigbury on Sea beach, Burgh Island
  • Sandy

This is one of Devon's most stunning and sandy beaches, the shallow water makes it ideal for paddling and rock pools for exploring. Bigbury on Sea is a popular family beach and great for windsurfing and kite surfing too.

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Added by Sarah Cleverley on 29/09/2011 13:58:12

Spent the whole day there - we swam, paddled and loved the rock pools even though I got pinched on the finger by a crab! We then went to the Venus for lunch and sat admiring the view and all the little birds eating crumbs. After that we walked to the island which was amazing, my husband is disabled and can t walk far but we enjoyed a walk on the lower part of the island, my kids and dogs loved it too.

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Croyde Bay, Croyde
  • Sandy
  • Water Sports
  • Surfing
  • Disabled Access
  • Blue Flag

Croyde is perhaps Devon's best known surfing beach and for good reason, producing large and powerful waves. Croyde is a popular resort village with the beach being its main asset; as a result it can get a little crowded at the height of the holiday season. The beach is right next to Ruda Holiday Park which provides a perfect location for Devon's surfing hot spot.

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Added by Jill on 04/08/2013 12:51:19

A lovely beach within walking distance from Ruda Park. We spent a lot of time on the beach, which feels safe with the Lifeguards doing a brilliant job of keeping everyone safe. The sea was the warmest i've ever known it to be this year! There is also plenty of room on the beach to play games, we have had some great fun playing cricket.

Added by Sue Bowdery on 19/04/2013 10:30:02

Croyde is a fantastic beach for people of all ages and interests. The surf can be amazing (lifeguards in attendance). The sand is beautiful and great for sandcastles. Our children have loved digging around the stream that runs through the beach. The apartments in Ruda are lovely, The Ruda camp/caravan site is exceptionally well run and has effective (but extremely helpful) security staff.

Added by J Corkett on 04/08/2012 21:49:10

Great clean beach for all ages. Walking distance to all amenities, fantastic waves for body boarders and surfers, of all levels! Lifeguards on duty for both boarders and surfers. Beautiful.

Added by S Graham on 19/07/2012 17:49:27

First class

Added by Angela Burton on 10/07/2012 22:41:24

I simply love Croyde. Croyde is an area that is unspoilt by development, free from rubbish and litter and has a clean and safe environment. The beach is always immaculate and well-guarded by life-guards. Croyde Bay is very close to where I stay in Ruda Park. The surfing is always very good, and, as I touched on earlier, the water is always clean and free from rubbish. I would recommend Croyde!

Added by Eric Tudor on 02/07/2012 09:17:56

Very clean sandy beach ideal for families and a steady short stroll from the Ruda campsite.

Added by Jim Hayward on 23/04/2012 18:15:35

Croyde Bay is absolutely beautiful, very clean, and great to walk along. There are plenty of rocks for the children to explore. Also the surf is fabulous. Well worth a visit.

Added by Caroline on 05/04/2012 08:52:16

We have been coming to Croyde since we were teenagers and we are now in our fifties! Our children loved it from toddlers to teenagers and now as adults with their own families. Beautiful sand and sand dunes and a lovely walk via the beach to the beautiful village. Ruda Park is great too.

Added by Peter Whitmore on 04/01/2012 21:29:05

This beach is excellent due to the surface of the beach and the condition of the waves. It is really suitable for surfing and pleasant for walking around.

Added by Mrs Patricia Moreton on 01/10/2011 11:14:44

Fantastic beach, very clean and child friendly. Life guards are always there.

Added by Emma Dorrian on 01/10/2011 08:37:29

Lovely beach and very clean!

Added by Julie Hawkins on 29/08/2011 10:06:41

This beach is only a stones throw from Ruda Bay Holiday Park. Brilliant for families of young children as it's clean and very safe. Surfing/body boarding is great here and the sea was full of them during our stay....no good if you just want a little swim though! Didn't bother me much as don't like swimming in the sea anyway! There is a lovely cafe selling hot/cold snacks and drinks. Great Beach!

Added by Tim knapp on 14/07/2011 22:39:20

Croyde beach remains one of the best beaches in the country - always something to do, clean, interesting especially for the kids and with the lifeguards doing a great job it will always be safe for everyone.

Added by David Fatucchi on 13/07/2011 08:26:47

Been to Croyde every year for the last seven years and one of the factors is the Beach it is always clean and the sea is always within reach even at low tide which is also always clean. There are also plenty of rock pools on the right side of the beach for the children to explore at low tide which they seem to love and of course the surfing. A wonderful beach that I could not fault.

Added by Emma & Barney aged 8 yrs on 29/06/2011 18:14:52

Croyde bay is a brilliant beach; we did belly boarding and played on the sand dunes. We played rounders and volley ball. The rock pools are awesome; we found loads of sea creatures.

Added by Marc Williams on 16/11/2011 18:32:05

Beautiful flat and quite expansive beach with tremendous surfing waves.

Added by Josephine Case on 22/10/2011 10:43:23

Great beach next to campsite. Children have loads of room to play games or enjoy the sand dunes. Shop and toilets very convenient.

Added by Sue on 05/10/2011 09:03:40

Croyde Beach was good as it always is. Been coming here for 20 years and it’s a favourite with all the family.

Added by Jane on 16/09/2011 18:56:54

Lovely beach with great surf. Best boarding was on an incoming tide. We always felt safe there as the life guard service is excellent.

Added by Liz Gray on 04/09/2011 08:25:19

This was a really lovely beach - very clean and so close to the camp site!! The only down side was that our short stay meant that the tide was out most of the afternoon so we had a long walk to paddle with 2 young children. The rock pools provide some good activity though and both boys enjoyed searching for creatures to show their new friends. We would definitely go again.

Added by Paul Filer on 29/07/2011 08:27:10

Do love Croyde beach. It’s close to the facilities i.e. caravans camping site lodges, car park and toilets. Rock pools for children and even at low tide the sea is never far away. Might be nice to see a rustic path running 50 metres from the beach entry point down the beach to help those families with babies and push chairs. It's a bit of a struggle in the deep sand at the start of the beach.

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  • park Holiday Park
  • marker Blue Flag
  • marker Disabled Access
  • marker Pet Friendly
  • marker Sandy
  • marker Surfing
  • marker Water Sports

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