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Children playing on Dawlish Warren beach next to shore

Local Beaches in South Devon

Without a doubt, one of the main reasons visitors choose a holiday in South Devon is the superb choice of fantastic beaches along our beautiful coastline. There are so many wonderful beaches to choose from and most are within easy reach of our holiday park in Devon – either just a short walk away or a pleasant train ride from Dawlish Warren train station just down the road.

If you are looking for a beach guide of South Devon, here are a few worth visiting on a day trip.


Dawlish Warren Beach

Welcome Family is located just a short stroll from the wonderful Dawlish Warren beach. It has won the Blue Flag award many times, based on water quality and cleanliness. This means you and your children can have fun both in and out of the water!  Read more here in our Dawlish Warren Beach Guide.


Coryton Cove

This secluded beach can be reached by heading along the coast path at Dawlish Warren, past Red Rock. This quiet cove has brightly coloured beach huts for hire and consists of soft sand and shingle. It’s ideal for swimming, although it is not patrolled by lifeguards. There are rock pools to explore and the jetty makes an ideal spot for fishing. Dolphin sightings are common!


Teignmouth Beach and Pier

Teignmouth’s Grand Pier is situated in the middle of a superb level seafront with Victorian promenade where there’s ample car parking and a lovely sandy beach. The Den, a grassy area adjacent to the beach, has a children’s play area with water play in summer. RNLI lifeguards patrol between Whitsun and August.


Shaldon – Ness Beach

This gentle South Devon beach is a mix of shingle and sand and is popular with families. It is next to the red cliffs that shelter Shaldon village and is accessed through the small Smuggler’s Tunnel.

There are striking views of the Teign Estuary and Teignmouth, accessible by ferry. Seals can occasionally be seen from here. Why not combine your trip to Shaldon with a visit to Shaldon Zoo. This small zoo looks after and preserves some of the world’s rarest and most endangered animals.


Exmouth Beach

Why not hop on a ferry from Starcross to Exmouth? This beach is situated on the other side of the Exe Estuary and boasts two miles of golden sandy beach.  Here you may like to have a go at water sports such as kite-surfing, kayaking or windsurfing.

There are rock pools to investigate that are home to all manner of sea creatures, such as crabs and star fish – guaranteed to keep kids enthralled. Why not enjoy some traditional fish and chips whilst visiting this lively, traditional seaside town.


Oddicombe Beach

Babbacombe Cliff Railway, in Torquay, is the easiest way to travel down the cliffs from Babbacombe Downs to the delightful Oddicombe Beach. When you reach the bottom you can relax and enjoy the fabulous vista. There’s free admission to the Babbacombe Cliff Railway Visitor Centre, so pop in and find out all about it. Have a coffee at the cafe with no need to worry about the steep walk back up the cliffs – just board the next carriage up.

Why not hop on the Hop 22 bus from Welcome to Babbacombe. You can plan your journey here.

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Explore Local Towns

As well as being close to gorgeous beaches, Welcome Family Holiday Park makes a fantastic base for accessing the wealth of charming local market towns, as well as the county capital Exeter.