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Devon's golden beaches
East Portlemouth in the Salcombe Estuary
East Portlemouth in the Salcombe Estuary
Devon has hundreds of beaches and coves, which attract locals and visitors alike. The county boasts two long coastlines - the north facing the Atlantic and the south the English Channel. Here, we highlight some of the most popular beaches in Devon.
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Devon has miles and miles of beaches.

The north coast faces the Atlantic; the south coast faces the English Channel.

Devon has nine Blue Flag beaches in 2003, and 32 Tidy Britain Seaside Awards.

Torbay is the most successful when it comes to flag awards.

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Devon's beaches are one of the reasons why the county is so popular among visitors.

Thousands of holidaymakers come to Devon every year to enjoy the coast - while those of us who live here can enjoy it all year round.

In 2005, Devon was awarded 11 Blue Flags.
The award of a European Blue Flag
is a symbol of high environmental standards as well as good sanitary and safety facilities.

If you're wondering why there are none in East Devon, it's simply because the local council doesn't participate in the Blue Flag scheme.

The 11 beaches are listed below - click onto the links to see a photo and find out more.

Challaborough (South Hams)
Croyde Bay (N Devon)
Dawlish Warren
Woolacombe Village Beach (N Devon)
Blackpool Sands (South Hams)
Shoalstone (Brixham, Torbay)
Meadfoot (Torquay, Torbay)
Oddicombe (Torquay, Torbay)
Bigbury on Sea (South Hams)
Tunnels Beach, Ilfracombe
Westward Ho! (Torridge)

The county also has dozens of beaches in the Marine Conservation Society's Good Beach Guide.

The MCS tests bathing water quality for pollution and bacteria, and the beaches recommended in the guide need to pass those stringent tests.

For a list of the South West beaches on the recommended list, see the MCS website.

Devon also boasts 33 Tidy Britain Seaside Awards in 2005.

This distinctive yellow and blue flag award is only given to beaches that are clean, safe well managed and have water quality that meets European legislation.

The 33 beaches in Devon are:

Blackpool Sands
Croyde Bay
Dawlish Warren
Coryton Cove, Dawlish
Hope Cove
Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach
Mouthwell Sands
Putsborough Sands, Nr Braunton
Salcombe, North Sands
Salcombe, South Sands
Shaldon, Ness Cove
Slapton Sands, Torcross
Strete Gate
Teignmouth Town
Thurlestone, South Milton
Torbay, Babbacombe (new in 2005)
Torbay, Breakwater, Shoalstone
Torbay, Broadsands
Torbay, Corbyn Head
Torbay, Goodrington, South Sands
Torbay, Maidencombe
Torbay, Meadfoot
Torbay, Oddicombe
Torbay, Paignton Sands
Torbay, Preston
Torbay, St Marys Bay, Brixham
Torbay, Watcombe (new in 2005)
Westward Ho!
Woolacombe resort

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