5 of the Best Beaches near Plymouth

5 of the Best Beaches near Plymouth

August, 2022

ake the most of the beautiful outdoors and enjoy one of Plymouth’s nearby beaches. August and September are great times to get your fix of vitamin sea. We are blessed with some amazing beaches and coastline for walking, sunbathing, surfing and exploring. 

Plymouth Hoe and waterfront

You don't need to travel far to get in the water. There is great sea swimming from the steps next to the Lido on the Hoe. Two swimmers' pontoons are moored about 50m offshore. For more advanced sea swimmers, Devil's Point is popular. The lido on the Hoe is a fantastic pool and a great place to sunbathe. Booking required. 

Tinside Lido, the Plymouth lido

Tinside Lido image credit: Plymouth Lido image by Nilfanion, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Bigbury on Sea

Bigbury on Sea features a beautiful sandy beach, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is joined by a causeway to the iconic Burgh Island. There is shallow water for paddling and rock pools for exploring. Bigbury on Sea is a popular family beach and great for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing too.

Bigbury on Sea

Bigbury on Sea image credit: Glen Denny / Bigbury-on-Sea

Mothecombe beach

Mothecombe beach is one of the quieter beaches in South Devon. Large and unspoilt and at low tide Mothecombe comes into its own with fine sand and plenty of opportunity for shallow, sheltered bathing. Pick up swell in the winter for surfing.

  • Address: Mothecombe, Plymouth PL8 1LB
  • Dogs are not permitted during the summer (from 1 May until 30 September).


 Mothecombe beach

Mothecombe Beach image credit: JOHN SIMPSON, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Cawsand and Kingsand beaches

Kingsand and Cawsand are twin seafront villages on the Rame Peninsula in Cornwall. The beach at Kingsand overlooks Plymouth Sound and has fantastic views of the ships coming and going. Like neighbouring Cawsand beach, it is a sheltered beach that reveals some good rock pools at low tide. Fish and chip shops close by for some dinner as well!

Cawsand Bay

Cawsand image credit: richard fryer / Cawsand Bay

Whitsand Bay beach

The beaches of Whitsand Bay offer three miles of stunning sand from Rame Head to Portwrinkle and are considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. Reached by steep paths and steps that wind down between the verdant vegetation, these beaches are never crowded. At low tide the long stretches of glistening sand provide great walking or jogging opportunities, whilst the constant swell keeps surfers happy riding some huge waves.

  • Address: Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 3BY


 Whitsand Bay

Whitsand Bay image credit: Longsands Beach near Whitsand Bay Golf Course by Martin Wyatt, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Wembury beach

Owned by the National Trust with its own Marine Conservation Centre and guided rock pool rambles, Wembury, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is not short of ways to keep you entertained. There's safe, clean bathing from gently shelving sand and shale, with beautiful cliff walks to Bovisand in the west and Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo to the east. Popular with surfers, but watch out for the rocks.

  • Address: Wembury, Plymouth PL9 0HR


Wembury church ovelooking Wembury beach

Wembury beach and church image credit: Nilfanion, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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