Find the nearest Beaches in Devon
Planning a trip to the Devon coast and looking for where the nearest beach is, our beach lists will help you discover the nearest beach to me. Then for each beach, we will answer questions around location, rural or town, sandy or pebble, rockpools, tide times, weather forecast, dog restrictions, bathing water quality, closest beach cafes and provide general information on the beach and its facilities.
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Finding the right beach in Devon is easy – simply explore the beach links below, to find the closest hit the jump to my location compass or use the search bar to plan where your next Devon beach visit should be.
- Torre Abbey is the main Torquay beach on the promenade. A great family sandy beach in the town with some rocky sections to explore. The waters are shallow and safe and popular for watersports. On the other side of the seafront road is a large public green, called Torre Abbey Meadows. Facilities include pay and display parking, promenade, cafe/restaurant, toilets, disabled visitors’ facilities and beach access, deckchair hire, slipway, bowling, tennis, crazy golf, pitch and putt.
- Ness Cove beach lies below the red cliffs of Ness Headland accessed through what is believed to be an original smugglers tunnel by Shaldon Wildlife Zoo. The beach is mainly shingle with rock pools and gently slopes towards the sea. Watercraft are not permitted between the yellow marker buoys and the shoreline, apart from a marked access lane to the beach. Facilities include cafe, parking, toilets, evening BBQ’s can be booked and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards.
- Beer Beach in East Devon is a very pretty, curved, pebble beach and usually quite busy all year round. The picturesque village of Beer lies around the cove and is a great spot for browsing or enjoying a meal or afternoon tea. It’s good for swimming but you’ll share the pebbles with lobster pots and fishing boats as well as sunbathers, walkers and kids crabbing! It’s a great spot to buy fresh fish straight from the fishermen though and take a pleasure cruise on one of the many operating from Beer itself. Pecorama close and well worth a visit as well as Seaton beach. There’s good parking on the cliffs but it’s about a 5 mile walk which may be a bit steep for little ones and older ones. You can also park in the middle of the town and take the road to the beach on foot. It slopes and can be a bit steep for some. Beer is a pretty seaside village built around a small cove on the south coast in East Devon. The pebble beach is a natural sun-trap and is sheltered from sea breezes by the surrounding cliffs. Part of the beach is still used by local fishermen and deep sea fishing trips can also be arranged. The beach is close to the centre of town and facilities include toilets, parking, shops, cafes.
- Broad Sands is a beach near Watermouth between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on Devon’s North Coast. The beach is a sand and shingle cove protected by high wooded cliffs with some rocks to climb and caves worth exploring with care. The high cliffs make this a sheltered beach for swimming. Although this is a hard beach to access you will find in the summer this can be busy as you have some local holiday parks. The beach has no facilities with access down a steep cliff descent of 200+ steps from the coast path. Devon also has a similarly named beach on the south coast near Paignton, click here for Broadsands beach, Paignton.
- Mill Bay Cove beach is sand and shingle at the bottom of a steep descent. The building at the top of the beach was originally a mill, hence the name of the bay. No facilities, access via walking the coast path. We have no dog information for Mill Bay Cove beach.
- Bigbury-on-Sea beach is a large sandy beach, with some shingle mix. The beach is popular with surfers, windsurfers, kitesurfers and swimmers and great for traditional children beach games with shallow water is ideal for paddling. Just 250 yards offshore is Burgh Island, which is accessible across the causeway at low tide. Walk across at low tide or take the big-wheeled tractor ride. Facilities include car park, shops, food, toilets.
- Wonwell Sands beach is a small sandy beach on the east side of the Erme estuary. At low tide you have a large area of sand but the beach becomes limited in space as the tide comes in. Parking is limited and access via a narrow lane from Kingston village. We have no dog information for Wonwell Sands beach.
- Slapton Sands is a large shingle bar bordered by water on both sides, the lake behind is freshwater. This beach is exposed and is being washed away at an alarming rate. This bar provides a good location for gentle walks including the Ley nature reserve. On a windy day watersports gather to kite surf and windsurf in the bay. Slapton Sands was evacuated during World War II to allow raining for Operation Overlord. Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy, the operation that launched the invasion of German-occupied western Europe by Allied forces. The operation commenced on 6 June 1944 with the Normandy landings (commonly known as D-Day). An American Sherman Tank stands as a memorial to Americans that died when attacked by a German E-boat whilst practising for D-Day landings. Facilities include parking at Torcross, Slapton or Strete and cafes and pubs at Torcross.
- Thurlestone Sands is the larger of the two Thurlestone sands beaches – fine, shingle sand and sheltered waters. The southern part is also known as South Milton Sands. This beach is very much the beach that time forgot, a family beach for traditional beach activities and games; just relax and play amongst the rock pools. Just off the beach is Thurlestone Rock, a natural arc that gives the town its name. The town itself is full of thatched cottages and behind the beach you have fields and a National Trust nature reserve. You can occasionally get a south-westerly swell which produces some big surf. Facilities include car park, cafe, shops, toilets, lifeguards in the summer.
- Small cove between high cliffs and a thick wooded hillside, operated by the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. Anstey’s Cove makes a perfect base for walks along the coastal paths, leading to Hopes Nose, presenting some impressive views across the bay. Parking ¼ mile from beach with step access to the beach from parking, cafe/refreshments, promenade.