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All along the coastline of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are lots of beaches and coves, some large, sandy and easy to access, others small, rural and remote.

Beaches owned or leased to South Hams District Council includes Slapton Sands, Salcombe North, Salcombe South and small sections of Sugary Cove, Bovisand and Beesands.

Beaches near me

To find out about beaches near you, or to find out the owner of a private beach, please use the button below to visit the South Devon AONB site.

AONB Beaches

The AONB publishes a great deal of information about beaches in the South Hams including:

  • The type of beach;
  • Car parking facilities;
  • Toilet availability
  • Accessibility for people with disabilities;
  • Shops and other facilities;
  • Dog friendly facilities.

Bathing Water Quality

To find out more about Bathing Water Quality in the South Hams, please use the button below:

Find out about Bathing Water Quality

Beach Management Policy

To read our Beach Management Policy, please click on the button below:

Beach Management Policy

Sewage or Algae?

Every year we receive many reports of suspected sewage pollution that are in fact the breakdown of algal blooms

Algae blooms are easy to mistake for sewage, but foam on the water in coastal locations is more likely to be caused by algae than by sewage. Some algae blooms can be toxic, so it's best to avoid them.

The Environment Agency has produced this useful blog that can help you to tell the difference, and what you should do if you do see pollution at the coast.

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