Devon is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK for both Brits and international travellers alike. With so many beaches to choose from, it’s difficult to know which ones are worth the journey. Therefore, I’ve created a list of my top picks that have been recommended to me for all the family to enjoy when we can travel again (socially distanced, of course).

Exmouth beach

Located in the seaside town of Exmouth, just 11 miles from Exeter is two miles of long, sandy beach. Exmouth beach is ideal for families as there’s an array of rock pools, plenty of water sport activities, as well as many eateries to keep every member occupied.

Why not make a week of it? Exmouth itself is the perfect staycation destination being close to both the coast and the city of Exeter, which makes a great day trip out. For places to stay, Exmouth holiday cottages from Sweetcombe Holidays are a great option for both small and large parties, and many of their cottages allow dogs too!

Sunny Cove beach

The most stunning private sun trap, this peaceful little beach can be accessed by boat on a short five-minute ride across the waters. The beach itself has the most spectacular views of the Salcombe hillside and its luxurious houses, which tower above the crystal blue waters, creating an almost Mediterranean landscape.

As this stunning sandy beach is located away from the town, it is worth taking a packed lunch if you plan on staying for the day, as the majority of eateries can only be accessed via the boat on the other side. That said, a trip to Sunny Cove beach makes the perfect day trip as it boasts a large open space of golden sands that are perfect for playing games on and sunbathe, as well as showcasing a rock pool to explore.

Tunnels beaches

For a more secluded adventure, visit Tunnels beaches. Although the beaches are currently closed for the rest of 2020 due to the pandemic, they are a must once they reopen. Tunnels beaches have a romantic aura about them, making them a perfect day out for couples. In fact, you can even host your wedding reception at their bespoke wedding venue on the rocks.

They feature hand-carved coves, making for a truly spectacular view like no other in the UK with tidal and rock pools too. There is admission to the beaches, but the experience is meant to be completely worth it.


Located on the south-west coast of Devon, this Blue Flag awarded beach is definitely one to visit. With crystal blue waters and large open sandy space, Bantham is the perfect beach to visit all year round. For the avid surfer, Bantham is known as one of the best for hitting the waves, however, there’s plenty of space to walk around or sunbathe too. For pets, the dog-friendly beach is separate to the main beach, so be mindful of this when taking your furry friend.

For a bite to eat, there is a gastrobus located by the car park, which serves delicious food and beverages during the day. However, this can get extremely busy, so to avoid queues, I’d recommend taking your own food for larger parties.


These are just a selection of the incredible beaches that Devon has to offer. Have you been to any?


A Guide to Devon’s Best Beaches


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