Croyde – of course. Great surf, great beach, a lot of fun campsites and The Thatch pub – what more could you want?
Woolacombe – if 3 miles of golden sand, great surf and a lively seaside village is what you’re after, then Woolacombe’s the place for you. Loads of fun with great pubs and a nightclub, there are plenty of campsites and hotels to choose from and earlier this year was voted one of the best beaches in the world. (link to the saltrock beached article above when live).
Sennen – for those of you who fancy something a bit more remote, Sennen Cove is spectacular. Perched on the very tip of Cornwall, Sennen is slightly more protected than neighbouring Gwenvor and picks up the best of any surf that’s on offer. The beach is stunning and the laid back, friendly atmosphere makes it popular with surfers and holidaymakers alike.
Watergate Bay– Just 4 miles from the heart of Newquay, Watergate Bay spreads out beneath you as you stand in the car park, with lots of peaks and miles of golden sand underneath the huge cliffs. The Extreme Academy is right on the beach and offers a great range of adrenaline sports including surfing, kitesurfing, waveski, kite buggy, land board and mountain boarding.
Widemouth Bay – Just 3 miles south of Bude, Widemouth is a long stretch of sandy beach with great surf and the sun is on the beach almost all day – sunsets here are fabulous. This stretch of coast is steeped in the smuggling history, and just south of Widemouth Bay are some cool little inlets and coves.
Perranporth – Cornwall’s Perranporth has a huge sandy beach, great surf and is a busy little seaside village with pubs, campsites and a youth hostel.
Polzeath – This small Cornish seaside resort is a firm favourite with surfers and tourists, with a fabulous sandy beach, amazing walks, golden sandy beaches and secluded coves.
Praa Sands – Praa is an ancient Cornish word meaning “witch’s cove”. Praa Sands is a long, wide south west facing sandy beach which picks up plenty of great surf and is a great, out-of-the-way spot to hang out and relax.
Constantine – Near Padstow, Constantine Beach is a wide sandy beach with rock pools and plenty of sand. Defined by the low headlands and rocky islands that head out to sea, sand dunes back the beach and there is a refreshing lack of amenities giving the whole bay a wild, rugged atmosphere.
Secret Spot – There’s a little known place in North Devon where the water’s clean and green, the scenery’s breathtaking and the waves are sweet. Tucked away, it’s a little tricky to get to but it’s well worth the trek, and when then sun’s shining you could be anywhere on earth. Sorry but we can’t reveal its location on pain of death. Happy hunting!