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Bovey’s 4 Best Beaches in Devon That Guarantee a Great Day Out

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Devon is renowned for its spectacular coastlines and beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination for both holidays and day trips.

But with so many idyllic spots to choose from, which beach is right for you? Discover the sandy sights we would recommend soaking up at one of these best beaches in Devon…

1. Perfect for families: Preston Sands Beach

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For a great family day out spashling in the waves and building sandcastles, head to Preston Sands Beach. Pack a picnic, snorkel and your fishing nets to explore the rock pools at low tide. Little ones will love spotting all the periwinkles, sea slugs and shrimps!

Bordered by a promenade lined with colourful beach huts (which are available for hire), this safe and sandy beach is multi award-winning. With safe waters perfect for a swim, you’re guaranteed a lovely day together at Preston Sands Beach.

Is this a dog-friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on Preston Sands Beach outside of summer season, but between 1 May – 30 September they are not allowed on the beach.

2. Perfect for relaxation: Meadfoot Beach

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Nestled below some spectacular cliffs, Meadfoot Beach offers a quieter beach to escape to. Steeped in history – this grand beach has links to Charles Dawin and Agatha Christie – Meadfoot is a popular retreat for those who love diving and fishing.

Grab your towel and a good book to while away a peaceful afternoon on the shore of the triple award-winning Meadfoot Beach. Why not hire one of the modern chalets and have access to your own seating area and kitchenette?

Is this a dog-friendly beach?

Your pet pooches will be allowed to enjoy a day out with you on the northern end of Meadfoot Beach, however they are not permitted on the south western section.

3. Perfect for water-sports: Teignmouth Town Beach

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Located on the mouth of the River Teign estuary, Teignmouth Town Beach is a traditional seaside resort. Its sheltered position means it’s a beach popular with kayakers, paddleboarders and other water-sports activities, as well as providing a safe space for a leisurely swim.

The grand Victorian pier, built over 150 years ago, offers an amusement arcade packed full of games to keep all the family entertained should the weather take a turn for the worst. Also, keep an eye out for dolphins, which have often been spotted just offshore!

Is this a dog-friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on Teignmouth Town Beach outside of summer season, but between 1 May – 30 September they are not permitted.

4. Perfect for everyone: Dawlish Warren Beach

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Regularly chosen as one of the top beach resorts in the UK, Dawlish Warren Beach ticks many boxes. With one and a half miles of sandy shoreline, award-winning clean waters and an internationally protected nature reserve, it’s a perfect place to spend the day soaking up the views.

With family amusements nearby and a stretch of cafes and seaside shops, there’s plenty to keep everyone happy at Dawlish Warren Beach.

Is this a dog-friendly beach?

Your four-legged friend can also join you, with dogs permitted on selected areas on the beach all year round.

From Bovey Castle to the beach

Nestled in the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park, the luxurious Bovey Castle Hotel & Spa is just a one-hour car journey from all four of these best beaches in Devon. Set in 275 acres, you can really make the most of the outdoors on a staycation at Bovey Castle with nature trails, river walks and activities for you to explore, plus the wonders of Dartmoor National Park on your doorstep. From the 4th July, our luxurious self-catering Bovey Castle Lodges will be reopening, whilst our bedrooms will be available to book from 9th July.


Wellbeing and safety will be at the forefront of everything we do for you at Bovey Castle and we have been working behind the scenes to ensure you don’t miss out on luxury.

Things may look a little different, but we will still be looking after you in the special Bovey way…we can’t wait to see you very soon!

Our exclusive Dartmoor Escape offer

Make the most of your Devon staycation this summer and enjoy a five night stay for the price of four in one of our classic bedrooms, from £205.00 per room, per night, with our exclusive offer.

Book our luxurious Dartmoor escape hotel offer at Bovey Castle today or explore our top 10 things to do in Devon.

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