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Explore the beaches of Devon - The West Country's Riviera.

The best beaches of Devon. The Exclusive Travel team explore the world famous beaches of Devon and some of the exclusive coastal and beach holiday luxury accommodation available there.
Some of the highest rated and Blue Flag beaches in Devon are Goodrington Sands, Maidencombe Coastline, Meadfoot Beach, Broadsands Beach, Breakwater Beach, Preston Sands, Paignton Sands, Torre Abbey Sands, Anstey's Cove and Oddicombe Beach. Each of these beaches have their own individual special setting, contour, views or activities. For those seeking a vibrant family holiday, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham have an excellent selection of nightclubs, bars and great restaurants as well as some great family favourite activities. Check out our beach reviews below as well as some stunningly exclusive beach properties for holiday rental.
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  • Maidencombe Beach
  • Paignton Sands
  • Preston Sands
  • Oddicombe Beach
  • Torre Abbey Beach and Marina
  • Meadfoot Beach
  • Goodrington Sands
  • Broadsands Beach
  • Breakwater Beach
  • Ansteys Cove
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Award winning beaches of Devon.
Of the 22 miles of coast and 20 coastlines on offer, 10 of these have actually been awarded the respected Blue Flag award again this year. The coastlines of the English Riviera really do have whatever you need to offer, and extra. From lengthy sandy beach walks to silent picnic areas, lovely secret coves to shake pooling or coasteering.
The English Riviera truly differs from various other UK locations as a result of the extraordinary beaches available. Devon has some truly awe inspiring and impressive coastlines to explore or for your summer days on a golden beach.

Goodrington Sands.
Goodrington is one of the most popular coastlines in South Devon, with both locals and visiting holidaymaker's attracted to the stunning sandy coastline as well as brilliantly coloured beach huts.
Young people or anyone young in mind will certainly enjoy the water adventure park at Splashdown Quaywest with its amazing flume rides and also the bold Devil's Decline destination with a 15 metre vertical drop. Goodrington Sands is also great for other water sporting. The Seashore Centre is run by Reach Outdoors in partnership with Torbay Coastline and Countryside is definitely an area to visit if you have interest in sunset kayak journeys, coasteering, rock pooling or snorkeling.

Just along from Goodrington Sands you'll locate Young's Park, a recognized park land and also a natural habitat for swans, geese and a variety of wild birds. The destination consists of bumper boat and also swan boat flights on the manmade lake, crazy golf and entertainment galleries. This is a fantastic place for family picnics or if you're looking for family roaming with dog pleasant walks and home cooking, the Cantina Cooking area as well as Bar, offers you a warm welcome with terrific food and also a beautiful outdoor seating areas to appreciate the coastal views and the warm English Riviera environment.

Maidencombe Coastline.
Maidencombe is a little, private coastline en route out of the English Riviera area and towards the neighboring town of Shaldon. It is within very easy reach of Torquay and just a few miles north of Babbacombe.
The beach is accessible from the South West coast path by a narrow pathway and steep steps leading down to this secluded getaway. From the top of the path there are breath taking views of the rugged red earth shoreline, showcasing one of South Devon's finest landscapes.
This sandy coastline is bordered by deep red sandstone high cliffs offering shelter from the elements. Low tide exposes quantities of fascinating little rock swimming pools where the chances for crabbing are countless, don't neglect to bring your net and bucket along. The coastline has actually obtained the Quality Coastline Award as a result of the exceptional waters top quality and it's safe swimming makes it an excellent selection for families and eager swimmers.

On foot you can head up the roadway in the direction of the picturesque town of Maidencombe while viewing the quaint little thatched cottages. A visit isn't complete without tasting the delights available at the 17th century family run thatched pub. This pet friendly conventional Devon country favourite has an attractive beer garden, bar as well as restaurant serving free range, organic and localized produce comprising seasonally sourced fruit and vegetables from neighborhood farms. A wonderful way to finish your day at the beachfront.

Meadfoot Coastline.
A mile from Torquay Harbour, Meadfoot Beach can be conveniently accessed by vehicle or on foot.
Mobility access provides access to the beach using a slope onto the boardwalk and a slipway. With sufficient car vehicle parking centers within walking range of the coastline this is an incredibly popular location for locals as well as visitors going back to the English Riviera.
There is a splendour regarding Meadfoot, with it's sophisticated curve, resembling the stunning crescent of the Osborne Resort, which highlights the coastline. There's a historic link to the location as well as Charles Darwin who stayed here in 1861. You will be presented with a spectacular sea views and inspirational backdrop.

Broadsands Beach.
Nestled in between the historic towns of Paignton and Brixham, Broadsands gentle sloping makes it a prominent choice for families with children. The beach is a covert treasure and an excellent alternate to the busier primary beaches of Torquay as well as Paignton offering the conventional seaside attractions. The surrounding picturesque rural landscape produces an enjoyable feeling and also a sense of escaping everything. The beautiful pastel coloured beach huts as well as conventional seaside deck chairs really enhance this tranquil and captivating area.
The large park directly behind the coast is an ideal spot for ball games such as football, rounder's or cricket. Within a brief strolling distance from the beach at the south end there is a nine-hole pitch and putt course with stunning sea sights from every angle.
The attractive long sandy coastline is an assigned windsurfing area while sailing boats able to enter from the slipway this is the perfect area to checkout if you are seeking leisurely water-based pursuits.

Breakwater Beach.
Just a brief stroll from the attractive Brixham harbour as well as the lengthy breakwater, this gently sloping tiny pebble beach is a real joy. With its calm cozy waters, it is a popular place for scuba diving with sensational underwater landscapes and also a range of fish, seahorses and also sea grass to see. The coastline is close to the enchanting fishing community's shops, cafes and also a prospering fish market.
The freshly reconditioned Breakwater Restaurant is worth a visit to absorb the awesome scenic sights across the bay. This household run bistro offers the best in service, environment as well as a wonderful food selection with a substantial option of locally sourced produce as well as Brixham caught fish being firm favourite.

Preston Sands.
Preston's sandy beach is just a short walk from Paignton Sands. This safe, clean family friendly coastline is a popular holiday hot spot with lots of opportunity to sunbathe, paddle as well as build castles in the sand. This is also a great location to go for a swim as Preston Sands has actually achieved the distinguished Beach Honor for safety.
Why not grab an angling web and discover the rock pools at low tide at the north end of the beach. The children will appreciate crabbing and spotting the sea life among the algae rocks also.
Preston Green runs the length of the coastline and is a risk-free location for the children to have a good time. The whole place is environment-friendly and great for ball games and it's also geared up with terrific family friendly facilities consisting of a kids's playground with climbing frameworks, a basketball court and also outdoor fitness equipment. The long promenade is ideal for keen walkers strolling to both ends of the beach and along the South West Coastline Course.

Paignton Sands.
The beach at Paignton has every thing you might possibly want from an English Riviera family seaside holiday with insane golf, donkey trips, endless sand and also shallow clear waters for risk-free swimming.
There's so much to do here you'll be spoilt for options. There truly is no better place to admire the magnificent seaside scenery that the Bay has to offer than out on the still water. So why not hire a pedalo for some gentle, leisurely workout or check out the neighboring harbour which supplies mackerel sea fishing trips along with sightseeing excursions.

Paignton's famous pier sits grandly in the middle of the beach and there's an abundance of typical seaside enjoyment games to amuse all the family including timeless coin press, grabber and slot machines from yesteryear to the most recent computer games. The pier end has outdoor bouncy slides, trampolines, and also bumper car rides for the more youthful children's amusement. Why not a selfie for your vacation memories or a family picture in one of the giant deck chairs.

Torre Abbey Sands.
This is Torquay's major coastline with a great stretch of glorious sand, lined by the ultra-modern Abbey Sands development of waterside dining establishments, bars as well as coffee shops at one end and the Victorian magnificence of The Grand Hotel at the other end.
The lengthy sandy beach west of Torquay harbour is very accessible as the main road from Torquay to Paignton runs alongside it. Torquay's renowned spiral white seafront bridge is another excellent viewing platform to take some vacation pictures to share with your loved ones at home.

The gentle sloping coastline makes it really safe for swimming and also excellent for family members with little ones desiring to paddle in the clear, blue sea and also build a sand castle or more.
For water sport lovers this wonderful sunny area has actually been designated a windsurfing area and a selection of water sport centers are offered in the summer months. If you're showing up by car with your own water sporting activity devices in tow, there's a lot of parking beside the boardwalk and also plenty of parking within a couple of min's stroll.

Anstey's Cove.
Anstey's Cove is a concealed gem snuggled between Torquay as well as Babbacombe. As you come down the remarkable hill path towards the cove, you're bordered by stunning forests full of animals, wild flora, butterflies and birds. Perfect for eager photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. The incredible sights include remarkable rocks and limestone cliffs which unfold before your eyes.
This silent cove with its small beach is just one of the most picturesque spots on the English Riviera. Whether you are searching for a relaxing, private place to leave the crowds or fancy exploring the rugged landscape by foot, there's something for everyone. Dogs are permitted so all members of the family can be provided for.
The enchanting beach cafe's offers a vast selection of hot and cold treats and beverages along with hiring kayaks as well as stand paddle boards for water sporting activity enthusiasts. With sun beds as well as deck chairs additionally available on the beach boardwalk, all of your coastline requirements are catered for.

Oddicombe Beach.
Oddicombe beach, is an all year location for locals as well as holiday makers alike, whatever time of year you select to visit this enchanting little coastline you are sure to have a fantastic day. The coastline has actually held the Blue Flag honor for over thirty two years, since the worldwide acknowledged award was created. Take a fun flight down to this gorgeous Blue Flag beach on the High cliff Train, and also uncover a photo postcard cove with golden sand, vibrant beach huts, a standard beach store, bathrooms and also the Mediterranean passionate 3 Degrees Bar and Bistro.

But it's not all about the coastline in Devon. Torquay, Paignton and Brixham have some wonderful nightclubs, bars and great restaurants. Whether you need a couple of drinks, a little boogie or the complete fine-dining experience, the neighborhood clubs, pubs as well as restaurants are certain to have everything you're looking for.

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