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Here at Saltwater Escapes, we love the beautiful beaches on our doorstep, and we love the fact that our furry four-legged friends can enjoy them too. Luckily for us many of South Devon’s beaches are dog friendly all year round, but some have restrictions from May to September. So, with September 30th fast approaching, when restrictions are lifted, we can look forward to seeing man’s best friend splashing around on the shores of our beaches. But which beaches do we recommend you visit for a spot of doggy digging and doggy paddling whilst you’re staying with us and which of our properties are dog friendly?

Goodrington Sands, Paignton

Goodrington Sands is made up of two areas of sand separated by a rocky outcrop in the sea. Goodrington Beach has won a prestigious Blue Flag Award for cleanliness and the beach is kept clean and hazard-free by daily raking with a tractor. You can hire sun loungers, deck chairs, kayaks and paddles boards as well as other water sports being available. Splashdown at Quaywest water park is a short walk away as well as Goodrington Green, with its boating lake, crazy golf, go-karts and play park. There are also a selection of ice cream kiosks, cafes and bars including the popular Cantina Kitchen & Bar which serves delicious food using local produce.

Restrictions: North Sands is dog friendly all year round. South Sands is dog friendly from 1st October through to 30th April.

Where to stay: Dart Valley Coastal Apartments, Paignton. Click the link below:

Fishcombe Cove, Brixham

Fishcombe Cove is small, peaceful, shingle beach just on the outskirts of Brixham surrounded by wooded hillsides. The beach is accessed via a steep pathway leading from a small car park or from steps leading down from Battery Gardens. An idyllic, secluded spot if you want to escape the crowds on the larger, sandy beaches. Fishcombe Cove Café serves hot & cold drinks and food from April to October (weather dependent.)

Restrictions: Dog friendly all year

Where to stay: High Hopes, Brixham. Click the link below:

Meadfoot Beach, Torquay

Just a mile from Torquay harbour Meadfoot beach is lined with colourful beach chalets and a popular café. This sandy, shingle beach has two sides, the nearest to Torquay is dog free in the summer and has a great cafe overlooking the beach and out to sea past Shag Rock to Brixham and past Thatcher Rock to Lyme Bay. A favourite spot for kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing.

Restrictions: Dog friendly from 1st October through to 30th April

Where to stay: Marstan Villa, Torquay. Click the link below :

Blackpool Sands, Nr Dartmouth

This privately owned beach has won several awards over the past few years, and you can see why. The beach’s turquoise waters and pine lined cliffs give it a Mediterranean feel. The Venus café provides an array of treats and the handy shop is laden with beach goods as well as the facility to hire out watersports equipment. Dogs will love splashing in the clear water on this beach.

Restrictions: Dog friendly from 1at October through to 30th April

Where to stay: Palm Tree House, Dartmouth. Click the link below :

Teignmouth Town Beach and Back Beach, Teignmouth

Teignmouth is home to two beaches; the Town beach and back beach (River beach) which are set on the mouth of the sheltered Teign estuary. A vast expanse of golden sand awaits keen sandcastle builders and hole digging doggies and is a popular spot for families, kayakers and water sports enthusiasts. It is a traditional seaside resort with its promenade and street lined with Georgian houses as well as its Victorian pier. There are plenty of eateries, ice cream kiosks, a playpark, skate ramp and crazy golf.

Restrictions: Teignmouth Town beach is dog friendly from 1st October through to 30th April. The back beach is dog friendly all year round

Where to stay: The Brunswick, Teignmouth. Click the link below:

Breakwater Beach, Brixham

This shingle beach is located along the coast from Brixham harbour and has the added benefit of a seawater swimming pool a short walk away. It is a popular beach for swimming and water sports so has a handy hut that you can hire paddle boards and jet skis from. The café overlooking the beach is a great place to eat and drink and boasts far reaching views of Torbay.

Restrictions: Breakwater beach is dog friendly from 1st October through to 30th April.

Where to stay: Rock Cottage, Brixham. Click the link below:

Preston Sands, Paignton

Just a short walk from Paignton town centre you’ll find Preston sands. This sandy beach is perfect for families with children as the shallow waters make for safe swimming while your little ones can also explore the rockpools or play in the nearby park on the green. The Boathouse offers drinks and hot food and you will also find the odd ice cream kiosk dotted along the promenade lined with colourful beach huts.

Restrictions: Dog friendly from 1st October through to 30th April.

Where to stay: Seaway Gardens, Paignton. Click the link below:

Babbacombe Beach, Torquay

Below the cliffs of Babbacombe you will find two beaches; the pebble lined Babbacombe beach and red sandy Oddicombe beach. This unspoilt stretch of coastline boasts calm, clear waters and stunning views out to sea. Access to the beach is either via the steep woodland pathway or the famous (and much less tiring) Babbacombe Cliff Railway, a must if you are visiting the area.

Restrictions: Dogs allowed all year at Babbacombe Beach. Oddicombe Beach is dog friendly from 1st October through to 30th April.

Where to stay: Marple Cottage, Torquay. Click the link below:

To see all of the dog friendly properties we have to offer at Saltwater Escapes simply click the link below :

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