Life’s a beach
Torbay attracts many visitors each year in search of sand, sun and surf, and with 20 beaches and coves dotted along 22 miles of coastline, few go home disappointed. The English Riviera has many award winning beaches. In 2011 the beaches received 6 Blue Flag Awards & 10 Quality Coast Awards. Keep Britain Tidy named them the cleanest in th country, and with no strong currents and shallow waters, they are also among the safest places to swim. The great British seaside holiday is alive and well here complete with sandy beaches, hidden coves and rock pools.
There are good places to go diving, perfect sands for building great palaces, safe areas to swim, and plenty of room to lay out a towel and just soak up the sunshine. For the adventurous there is kayaking, kite surfing, sailing, windsurfing. If Dad likes a spot of fishing he can check out some top quality onshore angling spots, as well as going out on offshore mackerel and wreck fishing boat trips while the kids can enjoy going crabbing at the harbourside. For a more sedate English Riviera beach holiday, you will find a selection of colourful beachhuts to hire during your stay so you can sit back, put your feet up and relax.
Here are a few of our favourite beaches, although you can find out information about all of them at the Torbay Council website here
Babbacombe Beach, Babbacombe
A delightful little beach, popular with families and weekend visitors. Although there is limited parking on the steep road down to the cove, there is a car park and level promenade at the bottom.
Oddicombe Beach, Babbacombe
Around a rocky headland from Babbacombe Beach, Oddicombe is accessible by the cliff railway and offers a secluded getaway from the crowds. You can easily spend a day on this shingle beach.
Ansteys Cove, Torquay
The perfect base for a clifftop walk, with a path leading out to Hope’s Nose and the opportunity for some fabulous views over the bay. There is a cafe near the beach, and also a shop, deck chair and sun bed hire.
Corbyn Head, Torquay
Just a short walk along Torquay Road into town from the cottage, Corbyn Head is very popular with families because of its proximity to Torquay centre and also its many interesting rock pools.
Our favourite place to get away from it all, and the closest beach to the cottage. A short stroll down to Hollicombe Gardens and through the tunnel leading down to the beach and you could be in another world. Never busy, often deserted, this is a perfect place for a romantic stroll.
A lovely crescent-shaped sandy beach. Here you can rent deck chairs and colourful beach huts. Again, well placed as a base for coastal walks, and just a short distance from the pretty shingle beach at Elberry Cove.
Goodrington Sands, Paignton
With its long unbroken stretch of sand and an amusement centre right next door, Goodrington Sands is perfect for a family with kids to entertain. If somehow they do get bored, you can catch the small steam train from here along the coast.
With wide sandy areas either side of the pier and always with plenty going on, Paignton Sands is another ideal family spot. Hire pedalos, go for a swim in the shallow sea, or wander along the the picturesque and often overlooked Paignton harbour for some fish and chips.
St Mary’s Bay, Brixham
A bit of an open secret but worth the slightly difficult route down, St Mary’s Bay is a delightful sandy stretch of secluded sand.