North Devon beaches face the endless horizon of the Atlantic and range from shingle coves dotted with rock pools to vast stretches of golden sand. They are awesome and also brilliant places to visit in Devon with kids.

You can also visit safely from home! Indulge yourself in some virtual vitamin sea with these videos of the best beaches in North Devon.

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With miles of sand and good surfing Woolacombe Beach is every beach bum’s dream. It’s been named in the top five beaches to visit in Europe and the UK’s top beach. There’s an RNLI lifeguard station which is manned during the summer season plus cafes, restaurants and public toilets close by.

Dogs are allowed in two zones on the beach and must be kept on a lead.

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Tunnels Beach

Tunnels at Ilfracombe is spot where holidaying Victorians used to come to bathe. Walk through hand carved tunnels in the rock to reach this secluded cove where you’ll find tidal pools and rock pools.

There are admission charges for Tunnels at Ilfracombe. Dogs are not allowed on this North Devon beach.

Combe Martin

This small shingle cove opens out on to wide flat sands at low tide. It’s great for sandcastles, water sports and relaxing.

Combe Martin beach holds the Seaside Award and has plenty of facilities to help you make a day of your visit including parking, cafes, toilets and nature trails.

Combe Martin is one of Devon’s beaches where there is a campsite right next to the sand.

Croyde Beach

This award-winning Devon beach is a popular tourist hang out in the summer months and has a RNLI Lifeguard station to oversea the water. 

You can find Croyde at the end of a drive down proper North Devon roads. Keep going, the beautiful stretch of sand and great surf is worth it. Dogs are banned during the summer months.

Saunton Sands

If your ideal beach has sand, beach huts and dunes then you’ll love Saunton Sands. It has 3.5 miles of sand that dogs can enjoy all year round.

There is a section from the slipway where they must be kept on leads before they can run free.

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! is a two mile stretch of sand and shingle beach that is ideal for swimming and water sports. Why not take the plunge and learn to surf there?

There’s parking, toilets, cafes and amusements. Dogs are not allow at certain times of year.

Looking for more seaside inspiration? Take a look at the best South Devon beaches for families and these hidden Devon beaches. Shhhh!

Where to find the best North Devon beaches

Here’s where to find these amazing North Devon beaches:

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