The beaches of Devon are not to be missed. Some are super child-friendly and just dam right beautiful. Check out some of the best family-friendly beaches in Devon below, see if you have ever visited them before yourself…
5 family-friendly beaches in South Devon
Near Salcombe, made up of two sandy beaches in the South Devon area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lifeguards during the summer months, mix of sand and rocky areas meaning the Mouthwell Sands in particular is great for building sandcastles, making it a great choice for families. Dogs are welcome all year round on the larger beach, there is a day ban during the summer months on the other beach (Mouthwell).
South Milton Sands
Another beach with lifeguards during the summer months. Popular beach for families, with its golden sand and rock pools, great for the kiddies to explore. Overlooks the iconic Thurlestone Rock archway and its a great spot for stargazing. Dogs are welcome all year around.
Yet another beach designated by South Devon as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for water sports, especially surfing and building sand castles, if you are a family who like to stick to the beach. Dogs are welcome outside the summer months.
Bigbury on the Beach
Ideal for a family day on the beach with its shallow waters and dotted rock pools. Also located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a wide range of water sports available. Lifeguards too!
Located 3 miles from Dartmouth, this blue flag award-winning beach, backed by evergreens and pines is a popular destination for families on holidays, and yes you guessed it, it is also in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Seasonal lifeguards, supervised sandpits and water sports available.
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3 miles of golden sand, is this award-winning and widely recognised as one of the best beaches in the UK. Lifeguards during the summer months to ensure family and surfers safety. The beach welcomes dogs all year round with some restrictions.
One of North Devon’s most popular beaches and is known for its prettiness. To the rear are sand dunes and beyond is beautiful countryside. Families can enjoy building sand castles while surf lovers can catch some waves. Seasonal life guards on duty and dogs are welcome, but not in the summer months (1st may – 30th Sept).
3 miles of golden sand and again, a beach popular with families and surfers (mainly for beginners unlike Croyde Beach which is a bit more ‘wavy’). Saunton Sands is dog friendly all year round with no summer restrictions, making it a perfect spot for the whole family, including the fur balls, to enjoy a little beach time fun.
Hope you get to check out this fab selection of some of the best family-friendly beaches in Devon with something for everyone on your next family holiday. Whether it is catching the sun on the beach, building a sand castle with the little ones, or taking on the waves with a surf or two. Maybe you’d quite like just taking a dip?! All the beaches have access to cafes or restaurants, and/or somewhere you can grab some refreshments or toilet facilities either on the beach or just set back.
Here are a fabulous collection of baby and toddler friendly accommodations in Devon.