Saunton Sands & Braunton Burrows
Renown for its long swathe of sandy shoreline and backed by grassy dunes, Saunton Sands is one of the UK's most underpopulated and spectacular natural beaches. Popular with surfers of all levels, as well as walkers and nature enthusiasts, this dog-friendly beach neighbours the UNESCO biosphere reserve - Brauton Burrows. Braunton is the largest sand dune system in England, and is home to a wide variety of rare plants and animals.
A big favourite amongst families, surfers and sunbathers, this 3-mile stretch of golden sand has won numerous awards. Even in the height of summer, there is always plenty of space for family activities; or, you can easily find your own quiet spot if you fancy getting away from it all.
Saunton Sands is North Devon's most popular surf beach, attracting many youngsters each summer. If you are not a keen surfer, don't worry; there is a wide range of other lively activities located both on the beach and in its old world village. Nearby pubs host live music most evenings throughout the summer.
Budleigh Salterton is a lovely seaside town situated on the Jurassic coastline. With a 2-mile pebbled beach and connecting estuary, this safe beach is a hit with young children, allowing them to splash and ride the estuary tides on boogie boards and inflatables. Pack a tasty picnic or grab a crab sandwich just fifty degrees north behind the brightly-coloured beach huts.
Budleigh Salterton boasts a charming fishing cove, backed by high limestone cliffs and strewn with crab pots, lines and colourful fishing boats. At high tides, the shingled beach transforms to reveal deep waters, which are perfect for swimming.