The 4 Best Beaches in Devon That Guarantee a Great Day Out


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: Exmouth Beach


For a great family day out splashing in the waves and building sandcastles, head to Exmouth Beach. Pack a picnic, your towel and your swimming things and make a day of it! There is plenty to occupy the whole family in the seaside town, from exceptional fish and chip shops and ice cream parlours to crazy golf, arcades, bowling and soft play. The beach is also life guarded and suitable for swimming, surfing and water sports. Exmouth also has plenty of eateries and evening entertainment, so you don’t have to rush back!

Is this a dog-friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on Exmouth Beach all year around. In the winter the whole beach is open to dogs, but during the summer months designated dog-friendly zones apply.

2. Perfect for relaxation: Meadfoot Beach


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


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


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 the ideal destination for those who love the great outdoors. Set in 275 acres of striking countryside, you are spoilt for choice with an array of nature trails, river walks, and outdoor pursuits for you to enjoy, plus the wonders of Dartmoor National Park on your doorstep. Meanwhile, you are just a one-hour car journey from four of the best beaches in Devon.

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Make the most of your Devon holiday this summer and enjoy a family hotel stay at Bovey Castle, complete with dining and activities credit! While you’re here you can also explore our top 10 things to do in Devon.

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