There are some forty beaches on the sheltered South Devon coast and each one has its own particular character. Listed below are the Blue Flag beaches within the area
Dawlish Warren Beach is ideal for families, as it is sandy and has excellent facilities. The beach is mainly sand and dunes with some shingle. It has a cafe, shops, food outlets, and amusements. There are also facilities for disabled visitors, and a dog exercise area.
Nearby there is a nature reserve, and there is a harbour at Cockwood. Blackpool Sands is a lovely cove at the northern end of Start Bay. The beach is sand and shingle, and facilities include windsurfing, canoeing and sailing.
There is a café/restaurant, toilets, disabled visitors' facilities, disabled access to the beach, and a slipway. The beach is two thirds of a mile long and is flanked by steep, wooded cliffs. This is one of the very best beaches in Devon and is popular with families. Challaborough beach is a sheltered horse shoe shaped cove made up of excellent fine sand. At low tide, there are plenty of interesting rock pools to explore. The beach is especially popular with surfers and hosts top class surf competitions. There is a cafe, toilets, and first aid facilities. There is also a car park. Shoalstone is a small shingle beach in Brixham at the southern end of Tor Bay. The beach is about three-quarters of a mile along the coast from Brixham harbour - where the fishing vessels and pleasure boats are based.
There is an outdoor swimming pool and there are good views across Tor Bay. Nearby, you'll find plenty of places to eat (locally landed fish being a specialty) and a good selection of pubs. Meadfoot is a shingle beach in the lovely Wellswood area of Torquay. With Lincombe Woods behind, it's a small beach away from the main Torquay town centre area.
It has canoeing, paddle boats, café/restaurant, disabled visitors' facilities, beach huts, deck chair/pedallo hire, a slipway, lost child centre, and first aid. This beach is used mainly by locals and visitors who prefer a quieter environment. Oddicombe Beach in Torquay is situated a couple of miles away from the town centre. It's at the bottom of red sandstone cliffs - which the more energetic among us can walk up and down via steps.
However, there is also a cliff railway which takes you to the bottom and top of the cliffs. Oddicombe is a shingle beach with sailing, pedallo hire, beach huts and slipway.Bigbury-on-Sea is in the South Hams and Burgh Island is situated just off the beach. The beach is a mix of mainly sand and some shingle and is backed by low cliffs, and on one side lies the River Avon estuary.
There is an excellent cafe specialising in local, organic food, large council car park, toilets and showers and a seasonal shop. Burgh Island is accessible across a sand spit at low tide and via tractor at high tide.