Torbay Beaches

With over 20 beautiful beaches to choose from, Torbay is the perfect destination for anyone who loves the  outdoor life. From cold water swimmer to heatwave paddler, here on the English Riviera we have a beach to suit all tastes. Once you start reading you’ll feel spoilt for choice but don’t worry, most of our beaches are so close together you can walk between them. Whether you want to build sandcastles, walk your dog, doze in the sun or enjoy a bit of Tor Bay outdoor swimming, we have the beach day out to suit you.

Torbay and beyond

The sheltered waters of Tor Bay are officially enclosed by Hope’s Nose near Torquay, and Berry Head near Brixham. Because we didn’t want you to miss out on some of our favourites, we’ve expanded our beach list to include the best beaches to the north and south of Torbay.

Our beach guide has been designed to suit every member of the family. As well as all the usual car park, toilet and refreshment information, we’ve included sandcastle building, outdoor swimming, rock pooling, paddle boarding, walking and snorkelling. We’ve even suggested a rainy day game for each beach.

Where are the best swimming beaches in Torbay?

Torbay is quite rightly popular with outdoor swimmers. With relatively safe waters, and swim locations to suit all tastes, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our selection of top Torbay swimming beaches. If you want to walk to your swimming beach with the family, why not check out our family walks? We’ve even created our own downloadable child-friendly maps.

Swimming beach – Torre Abbey Sands – Torquay
Swimming beach – Breakwater Beach – Brixham

Where are the best family beaches in Torbay?

If you’re looking for a family beach in Torbay, you could be spoilt for choice. We’ve thought about all the things kids (and parents) really enjoy, and picked out our favourites. For sandcastles, toe dabbles, and of course ice-creams, Torbay really has got the family beach life covered. If you fancy a stroll to go with your beach fun, check out our family-friendly walks.

Family fun at Goodrington Beach – Paignton
Family fun at Broadsands Beach – Churston

Where are the best dog walking beaches in Torbay?

Torbay has plenty of dog walking beaches but the regulations for some change in the summer. Dog walking is not allowed on some beaches between May 1st and September 30th but we still have plenty of  beautiful beaches where you can walk your dog, take in the sea air, and enjoy Torbay’s stunning scenery all year round.

Dog walking beach – Babbacombe Beach
Dog Walking beach – Watcombe Beach

Where are Torbay’s best SUP beaches

Visit Torbay on a sunny day and you’ll be surprised at how many SUP enthusiasts are enjoying our beautiful beaches. We’re not surprised though, we have some of the flattest water in the South West, as well as some of the warmest weather. Bring your own, hire a paddle board, or even learn the skills properly and take a few SUP lessons, whichever you choose, we’ll make sure there’s a nearby cafe for post-SUP chatter.

Meadfoot Beach SUP – Torquay
Paignton Beach SUP – Paignton

Family Walks in Torbay

Torbay Beaches – Torre Abbey Sands