The best beaches in Devon

If you’re planning a summer holiday in Devon in a holiday cottage, some beach time should definitely be on your agenda. With some of the best beaches of any location in the world, spending a few hours catching some sun and watching the world go by is our idea of heaven!

Selecting the “best” beaches somewhere like Devon is tough because we all look for different things. What we hope we have done is highlighted a cross-section of beaches with a range of amenities. If you’re holidaying in one of our Devon holiday cottages this summer, there’s bound to be at least one here you’ll love!

Dawlish Warren

Dawlish Warren is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in Devon. Voted in the top ten by The Times and various nature magazines. Dawlish Warren is a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy the best of the scenery and wildlife. There are usually local events going on too in the summer months.

Ladram Bay

Ladram Bay near Sidmouth is a pebble beach set in a cove surrounded by sandstone cliffs. If you close your eyes and imagine the Devon coastline, chances are it would look something like this. It’s sheltered, dog friendly and has some fantastic cliff walks as well as lots of places to explore.

Strete Gate Beach

Strete Gate Beach near Slapton Sands is a long shingle beach that stretches for miles. There is a section for nudists but the rest is family friendly. The coastline is lovely, the sea relatively calm and the slope shallow, making it ideal for paddling.


Teignmouth is a town in Devon that has miles of lovely beach. It gets busy during high season, but is family friendly and close to amenities. The beach itself is quite wide, clean and is overlooked by the Victorian pier. It’s a great seaside spot to explore during any summer break in Devon!

South Milton Sands

If you want to do something other than just soak up the sun, sea and sand, South Milton Sands is for you. You can snorkel, scuba dive, body board and try all sorts of other activities. It’s also a great place for a spot of seal and dolphin watching, which makes this beach a must-see.

Beesands Beach

Beesands Beach is a typical, quaint Devon village with cottages and a pub. It also has a freshwater lake, lots of grassland and a sea wall. There is a coastal path that traverses the area too if you’re feeling energetic. Otherwise, the beach itself is a fantastic place to while away a sunny afternoon.

Putsborough Sands Beach

Putsborough Sands Beach near Woolacombe is a surfing hotspot. This north Devon beach is long, sandy and has some great waves. It’s also sheltered from the Atlantic wind too, which is another reason this beach is so popular.

We could write for days about the beaches in Devon, but we simply don’t have the space. If you’re planning to use one of our Devon holiday cottages this summer, any of these beaches will be well worth your time!

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