The English Riviera is home to over 22 miles of coastline, including a mixture of around 20 beaches and coves. Here's a quick overview on a hand-picked few in Torquay that we think are the best!
Maidencombe Beach, Maidencombe
A sand and shingle beach whcih welcomes dogs. It's great for swimming, offers refreshments and deck chair hire, and has disabled access also.
Getting here - the 85 bus will get you to Maidencombe Beach; however there is also a large car park.
Watcombe Beach, Watcombe
A sandy beach with moderate access, great for swimming and family days out by the beach. Dogs are very welcome, and refreshments and sun bed hire are available too.
Getting here - again, the 85 bus is an easy way to get here, but there is ample car parking too.
Oddicombe Beach, Babbacombe
A smaller, more private beach with a mix of sand and shinge underfoot. Access to the beach can be difficult at times and so is not suitable for those with mobility issues. A café and changing facilites can be found at this beach.
Getting here - Either the 32 bus or 122 to Furrough Cross and a short walk will get you close to the entrance to this beach. There is also a council car park around half a mile away.
Babbacombe Beach, Babbacombe
This beach is popular for those who want to try a spot of fishing, or for sailing. The most common access is via a moderate downhill walk, but the amazing cliff railway is a great way to get down (or back!)
Getting here - You can use the buses 32, 85, or the 122 (stopping at St Annes Road). There is some limited parking nearby, or council car parks a short walk away.
Meadfoot Beach, Torquay
A fabulous family beach welcoming dogs also, with pebble and sand under foot. Featuring a fabulous café, modern beach huts, toilets and ice cream stand.
Getting there - we have a number of apartments and cottages around Meadfoot Beach, but if you're staying further afield then there is ample car parking, or you can reach it on the X80 bus.
Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay
Torquay's iconic, longest sand beach, with easy access for young and old, as well as disabled access. There's also Torre Abbey Meadows if you fancy stopping across the road for a picnic, and a short walk to Torquay town centre.
Getting here - Easy access from 2, 3, 12 and 118 buses, as well as ample parking at the roadside or in nearby car parks.