Staycations are on the rise. And we’re delighted that Devon is one of the most popular places for a staycation in the UK.
We think our wonderful little corner of South Devon has everything for the perfect holiday. It’s home to a wonderful selection of award-winning beaches, spectacular countryside, an array of family-friendly attractions, a fabulous local food scene, and some of the best weather the UK has to offer.
Here are our top five reasons to choose a staycation in Devon.
1. Beautiful Beaches
Long sweeping bays of golden sand, tiny pebble coves, fine shingle bays… Devon is home to some magnificent beaches, with seven Blue Flag beaches in South Devon alone. Including our very own Dawlish Warren.
Paddle in warm waters, nose into the watery world of a rock pool, slurp ice cream on a deckchair, munch fish and chips on the prom, build sandcastles, or get active with watersports. Whatever your style of beach day, you’ll find something to suit here.
2. Wonderful Woodland
If you want to get closer to nature and soak up some of Devon’s best scenery, South Devon has some wonderful wooded areas to explore. Our woodlands are teeming with wildlife, from owls and woodpeckers to deer, foxes, bats and badgers, while springtime sees the ground carpeted with wild flowers.
For the adventurous, you can swing through the treetops, cycle along forest paths, follow activity trails through the woods, or have fun in a forest playground.
3. Plenty of Family Attractions
South Devon has an abundance of family-friendly attractions. Animal lovers will be delighted by an assortment of zoos, farms, aquariums and our iconic Dartmoor ponies, while children with a fascination of all things mechanical will love the railway journeys and boat trips.
If you’re thrilled by the great outdoors, you can Go Ape! in the treetops, visit a theme park, get involved in a Treasure Trail, or paddle down the river on a kayak adventure. And don’t worry if you have a rainy day or two – there are galleries and museums, historic houses and plenty more to keep the family entertained.
4. Fabulous Food and Drink
British food has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, and Devon has its fair share of culinary delights for foodies. Our coastal towns are renowned for their scrumptious seafood, from fine dining, to good ole British fish and chips, and crab sandwiches on the quayside.
Our fertile land provides wonderful grazing for first-class beef and lamb, and ensures our fresh produce takes pride of place at farmers’ markets around the county.
There are abundant pubs, restaurants and cafés serving local cuisine, which you can wash down with a glass of our delicious cider. And you can’t leave Devon without sampling one of our famous cream teas (jam on top, please!).
Finally, one for our dog-loving friends. By choosing a staycation in Devon, your faithful doggie companions will love you forever. Because, instead of being sent to boarding kennels while you’re off having fun, they can join you on your holidays!
There are dog-friendly beaches so your canine pals can play on the sand and splash in the waves. There are miles of dog-friendly walks, along glorious coastal paths and through magnificent moorland. South Devon is filled with pubs, restaurants and cafés that will welcome your beloved pooch, and they can stay with you here in our pet-friendly accommodation. It’s the pawfect holiday!