Beaches

There are many fine beaches in the South Hams which are within easy reach of Dart Marina and close to Dartmouth. The Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide for 2010 listed twelve such holiday locations offering beaches with fine water quality. Exploring the Devon Coast by boat is a great way to see the sights and beaches around Dartmouth. Further along the South Hams coast are sheltered coves such as Pudcombe Cove and Scabbacombe that can only be seen and accessed by boat offering tranquillity, and often the sight of Peregrine Falcons hunting with their young. The beaches listed below are all easily accessible by car from Dart Marina:

Blackpool Sands

One of the best and closest beaches to Dartmouth is the award winning Blackpool Sands. A firm favourite with holiday visitors to Dart Marina Apartments, Blackpool Sands is situated in a spectacular crescent shaped bay. Blackpool Sands is one of the best beaches in South Devon and is set in an unspoilt, sheltered bay amongst evergreens. A superb golden beach, turquoise blue sea and magnificent pine trees give this part of Devon an almost Mediterranean feel. It is certainly one of Devon's most beautiful natural treasures and a must for any beach loving holiday visitor to Dart Marina.

Slapton Sands

Another popular choice with Dart Marina visitors is Slapton Sands. The beach is a short and scenic drive along the Devon coast from Blackpool Sands and offers miles of unspoilt shingle beach stretching between Strete in the north and Torcross in the south. At the Torcross end, the bar divides the sea from Slapton Ley - a freshwater lake and Nature Reserve. All of this area of Devon coast is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It offers excellent windsurfing, sailing and canoeing and is also an ideal place for taking a walk whilst marvelling at the great expanse of water across the bay.

Beesands

The next beach of note along the South Hams coast is Beesands. Backed by grassland and Widdcombe Ley freshwater lake Beesands is an important site for wildlife. There is a mile long shingle beach in very quiet rural location and the small village sits behind the shingle ridge that protects it from the sea

Hallsands

About a 30 minute drive from Dartmouth is the “lost village” of Hallsands. For decades the fishing village of Hallsands had been at the mercy of the forces of nature until, on a stormy night in January 1917, the village collapsed into the sea, undermined by the commercial removal of shingle from the local beach. Today only a few ruins overlook the beach and the shingle beach in a sheltered cove is popular with nudists. Hallsands also offers excellent fishing and is a favourite with divers exploring the many wrecks in this vicinity. South and North Hallsands are separated by a mile or so of coastline which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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