Devon is a classic UK holiday destination for many families throughout the summer in particular. Travelling far and wide to find places where little ones will be safe, and a place where parents have everything they need, can be daunting. So, to save you the hassle, we’ve rounded up the absolute best ones for you!
- Staunton Sands
Close to the village of Staunton, this is a beautiful sandy beach that is popular for families. The beach itself is very wide and spacious. With public toilets available and a hotel/restaurant nearby, you’ll have no trouble bringing the kids and grabbing a bite to eat. They’ll enjoy climbing up the many hills and mini sand dunes that surround this flat beach.
- Woolacombe Beach
This is one of the most popular beaches in Devon, with huge flat sandy planes with silky yellow sand. If your kids have been wanting to learn to swim, this beach is very safe as there are lifeguards on duty at Woolacombe Beach. It’s also dog-friendly if you keep them on a lead, and there’s plenty of available parking spaces.
- Westward Ho!
This excellently named beach is a perfect spot for families. There are plenty of rock pools to explore, and the soft, wet sand means that it is ideal for making sand castles! This beach is accessible, with ramps down to it, and there are toilet facilities at the beach. There are also a few shops dotted around, so if you need any supplies or snacks, you’ll be sorted. It has a section of the beach that is dog-friendly, and sections that aren’t, in case anyone in your group doesn’t like dogs. Between May and September, lifeguards are on duty, so it’s very safe.
- Putsborough Beach, Woolacombe
We mentioned Woolacombe Beach earlier, but this one located close-by is a real hidden gem, and a favourite with local families. There is so much on offer here, from family-friendly surfing facilities to an abundance of easily-reached rockpools. With several shops along the front of the beach, you won’t be let down if you need to grab some food, suncream or any other supplies. The scenery at this beach is also stunning, and the relative calm of it compared to busier beaches means that it is guaranteed to be a peaceful and fun day out.
- Tunnels Beach at Ilfracombe
This is a really unusual beach and has won awards for its impressive geological features. As the name suggests, you walk through hand-carved tunnels in the rock to get to the beach itself. There is a small charge to enter, but it’s well worth it for the interesting scenery and the great amenities that this beach offers. You can also find out more information about the beach’s history, since it opened in 1823, plus smugglers’ caves, rock pools, a family-restaurant and play hut! There are very clean toilets, and the parking is very accessible.
- Croyde Beach
This wide, spacious beach is great for a family day out. The scenery is magnificent, and you’ll have a great view of the nearby Lundy Island. Older children can book surfing lessons (you can hire wetsuits on the day), while younger children will be content to make mud pies in the soft, wet sand, or to go exploring in the many rockpools nearby. You can also take a small trek through the sand dunes that back on to the beach – if you’re feeling adventurous! There are ample facilities here for families, including toilets, a family-friendly restaurant, car parking spaces and a variety of shops.
- Bantham Beach
This one is a local favourite and less busy than some other beaches along the South Devon Coast. This beach is part of the designated South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s also won awards from the Marine Conservation Society and the coveted Blue Flag, so you know it’s clean and safe for swimmers of all ages and skills. While car parking costs a small fee for the entire day, it’s well worth it. There are also food trucks to be found, offering seaside favourites like burgers and fish ‘n’ chips. Toilets are available here, and there is a section of the beach that is dog-friendly.
With something for everyone, these Devon beaches are sure to amaze you, and provide an amazing day out for all the family!
Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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