Blackpool-Sands beach

1/15 Blackpool Sands, South Devon

This Blue Flag Award-winning beach is backed by evergreens and scented pines, giving it more than a whiff of the Mediterranean. The waters are unusually clear and are tested regularly by the Environment Agency to confirm their cleanliness. The beach is cleaned on a daily basis from March to the end of October and facilities on hand include showers, toilets and disabled facilities plus sand pits so that the kids can enjoy safe and supervised play.

Kayak, paddleboards and wetsuits are all available to hire on the beach and lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. The Venus Café serves breakfast plus seafood specials, organic beef burgers and delicious desserts open until 9pm in the summer months. There’s also a beach shop in case you’ve forgotten the all-important buckets and spades.