Are you in need of some vitamin sea? Close your eyes and think of paradise. Even better take a look at these videos of the best South Devon beaches for a virtual fix. Grab an ice cream from the freezer, don a sun hat and roll out a picnic blanket for a true British beach experience. 

If you are planning on visiting a Devon beach in person please do so responsibility and adhere to the latest advice from local councils and the Government. Check before you travel that car parks are open and facilities, like toilets, are available.

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You might also like to check out my guide to more things to do in South Devon with kids.

Here’s the scenes you can expect to greet you on South Devon’s beaches:

Blackpool Sands

Not only is Blackpool Sands one of Devon’s best beaches, it’s always among England’s best too. The crystal clear waters of this shingle bay lap against a shelving shore line in a long cove surrounded by countryside. Can this really be England?!

In the summer months there’s a lifeguard on the Blue Flag beach and you can hire water sports equipment. Dogs are allowed on the beach from November to April and the Venus Cafe is open all year round. Check the website for full details, open dates and parking charges.

Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands is a two mile stretch of beach that sweeps across Start Bay between Strete Gate and Torcross. Not only is it ideal for water sports and beach fun, it is also steeped in history.

At the Torcross car park you can see a WWII tank that was part of the D-Day landing rehearsals here. Older children may be interested in finding out more about the history of Slapton Sands.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round but must be kept on a lead in the Slapton Ley Nature Reserve that backs on to the beach. Local parking charges apply in the car parks along the beach.

You’ll find pubs and cafes at Torcross and there’s often a van selling drinks, snacks and ices creams at Street Gate.

Bantham

This Blue Flag surfer’s paradise is eye-wateringly beautiful. Grassy dunes roll into a golden sandy beach with cliffs to the East and the River Avon estuary in the West. You can find Bantham Surfing Academy on the beach and there’s a RNLI Lifeguard station here in the summer months.

The shallow water is ideal for paddling toddlers. There’s also rock pools to explore.

Dogs are not allowed on the main beach between May and September but can walk around the estuary. Parking is cash only. The Gastrobus can often be found selling hot and cold takeaway food in the car park.

Not far from Bantham you can also find Bigbury and Thurlestone beaches, which are also excellent South Devon beaches for families.

Broadsands Beach 

This shallow sandy beach on the English Riviera is a favourite for families. Not only is it a safe place for kids to paddle and bodyboard you’re also in a great location to see the locomotives of Dartmouth Steam Railway chuffing between Paignton and Kingswear through to the summer season.

There’s a cafe and a takeaway on the promenade above the beach. Behind this is a playing field where you can play ball games if the kids get bored of making sand castles.

Local parking charges apply. Dogs are banned from May to September.

Branscombe Beach

Brancombe is a scenic pebble beach on Devon’s Jurassic Coast. It’s ideal for paddling and there’s a lovely walk back up the valley to Branscombe village where you can find a working forge and National Trust cafe in the old bakery.

You can park at the beach, or if you are a National Trust member there is a free car park in the village. It’s a short walk away.

There’s a cafe on the beach and areas where dogs are allowed all year round.

Salcombe North Sands and Salcombe South Sands

If you visit Salcombe North Sands on a sunny day and you could be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere in the Mediterranean. It’s set in a small cove with tree-lined cliffs rising up on either side. The view from this tidal, sandy beach stretches out into Salcombe Estuary and the sea beyond. 

The beach slopes slowly in to the water making it a good place for a paddle or swim with young children. There’s a pay and display car park across the road. This is also where you’ll find The Winking Prawn cafe. It’s super family-friendly and sells beach toys should you have forgotten anything.

Like its neighbour, Salcombe South Sands is in a small sheltered cove on the Kingsbridge Estuary and is easily accessible for families. You can also hire water sports equipment or take boat trips from nearby.

The cafes and restaurants of Salcombe are not far away and there’s parking at the beach or close by.

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Mill Bay

Be aware that the road leading to this beach was blocked by a landslip in 2020. Check the National Trust website to see if it has reopened before you travel.

Mill Bay is a hidden South Devon gem on the Kingsbridge Estuary opposite Salcombe. The beach is in a small cove that you access down a long country lane, but it’s worth seeking out. There’s plenty of sand and rock pools for children to explore and a great view of the comings and goings on the water.

The National Trust has a small car park here. Access to the beach is a bit bumpy so leave pushchairs in your car. Your dog is allowed all year round.

South Milton / Thurlestone Sands

For a day beside the sea with plenty opportunity to spot wildlife South Milton and Thurlestone Sands is the ideal South Devon beach. It’s backed by wetlands in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is home to wading birds and wild fowl. It’s also where you can admire the iconic arched sea stack Thurlestone Rock.

Just like neighbouring Bantham, this is a surfing hotspot that also offers families golden sands and shallow waters for splashing about.

This beach is dog-friendly throughout the year and there are facilities in nearby Thurlestone village.

Looking for more seaside inspiration? Take a look at the best North Devon beaches for families.

Where to find the best South Devon beaches

When it’s safe to travel again, here’s where to find these amazing beaches. Please stay safe and come back later!

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