Hello everyone and welcome back to our blog page. We hope you are all well? Did you read our recent post about Lukesland Gardens, a beautiful garden to visit with something for the whole family? Click here to give it a read. This week we wanted to share with you some of our favourite beaches in Devon for a family day out.
Making sure you have everything you need for a beach day and keeping all family members happy can sometimes be a little challenging. Visiting the right beach with the right facilities can make all the difference so on this blog we will share some of our favourites with you.
Woolacombe / Putsborough
If you are in the North Devon area or close to it then Woolacombe and Putsborough are two excellent family-friendly beaches to choose from. The two long sandy beaches connect in the middle making for one large beach. Putsborough has a large car park, a good size cafe and large toilets.
Woolacombe, on the other side has a lovely town which has lots of restaurants, cafes and shops. There is a car park next to the beach as well as facilities available.
Both beaches boast long sandy stretches, meaning lots of space for the little ones to run around and make sandcastles.
The beaches are dog friendly but do also have sections where dogs cannot go.
Another fantastic beach to visit if you are in or near North Devon is Croyde Bay. Situated within Croyde itself this beautiful beach is a great spot for a family beach day. There is a large car park at the edge of the village which has toilets and shower facilities, an essential with children. The village of Croyde is a short walk away, there are lots of cafes, restaurants and a fantastic ice cream shop.
When the tide seeps away it leaves behind lots of pools, making it a great beach for rock pooling with the children.
The beach is not dog friendly during the summer months. There are lifeguards between May to September, Easter Weekend, all October weekends and October half term.
If you are after that long stretch of sand, then you could not get much better than the beautiful beach of Saunton Sands. A particularly popular beach for families with a cafe, toilet and shower facilities all available. It has a large car park and good access down to the sand.
The beach is dog friendly all year round.
Lifeguards patrol the beach during the summer months.
If you have booked yourself a holiday in the stunning South Devon area, then we recommend you visit Blackpool Sands. It is one of the prettiest beaches around with its turquoise waters and dramatic coastline.
Despite its name, it is actually a shingle beach. There are some facilities available including a cafe and toilets.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach. Lifeguards patrol the beach all year round.
There is limited parking available surrounding the beachfront.
Another beautiful, sheltered beach to visit for a family day out is Beer Beach. Surrounded by nearby cliffs, the landscape makes for a picturesque spot. Even on a windy day this stunning beach is that little bit more sheltered which makes it an excellent choice for a family beach day.
There is limited parking by the beach but lots more in the town. Within the town, you will find shops, cafes and restaurants.
The access to the beach is excellent, dogs are not allowed on the beach and there are no lifeguards present.
A beach which has become one of the countries longest established holiday destinations is of course Exmouth and for good reason. It is perfectly designed for a wonderful family beach day. It has a long sandy stretch of beach making it great for playing on, long beautiful sand dunes and lots of facilities. There is a wide promenade with shops, restaurants and cafes.
There is lots of car parking space, good accessibility and lifeguards during the summer season.
It is dog-friendly but restricted to certain spots in the summer months.
If you are looking for a beach with a view, then Bantham beach is an excellent choice. It has iconic views looking out to Burgh Island. It is also an excellent choice for a family beach day with its large expense of sand to play in and rocks for climbing and rock pooling.
The accessibility is not as great for this beach but there is plenty of parking. Lifeguards patrol during the summer months and at weekends during the offseason.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September.
Bigbury on Sea
Our final beach of choice is Bigbury on Sea for its shallow waters and soft sand. The beach can be quite tide dependent but is the perfect beach on low tide. There is a good range of facilities including a beach shop, toilets and cafe.
The beach is not dog-friendly. There is a car park located right by the beach.