Extended staycations or short breaks in Devon: the seaside holiday you have been dreaming of

Welcome to the UK’s very own surfer’s paradise, where more than 120 miles of spectacular coastlines offer unbeatable surfing in the wild North, and calm oceans for a relaxing dip to cool off in the gentle South. 

Known for its warm summers, Devon’s award-winning beaches are some of the best in the UK, and with white sand between your toes and sun on your face, a staycation in Devon will tick all of the boxes for the perfect summer holiday.

But that is not all Devon has on offer: promises of a variety of water sports, stunning walks, fishing and fossil hunting will work up an appetite for this cultural hotspot where the Devonshire cream tea was born and Michelin Star chefs flock.

When looking for the best staycations this summer, whether it is a short stay or an extended break, the vibrant county of beautiful Devon should be top of your list of places to visit. Flying to Exeter Airport from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Newcastle, you are just a short trip away from paradise.


A surfer’s paradise

If you are looking to hit the waves this summer, look no further. Devon is renowned across the world for its surfing and with plenty of sandy beaches along its two coasts, you will not be short of new spots to try out. 

Scattered along the North coast, the beaches here are famous for their tides. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, Croyde beach and Woolacombe are two of Devon’s most famous surf spots and provide some great waves to test out your skills. Need some help? The surf school at Woolacombe is a Centre of Excellence. Saunton Sands and Putsborough are among other favourites and there are plenty more where that came from.

If you are heading South you will find an array of sailors, paddleboarders and kayakers but don’t let this put you off. There are still great waves to be found here and Bantham is undoubtedly the home of the surfing South.

If you prefer to surf alone there are plenty of secluded spots the locals will share with you, and with more than 50 beaches nearby, between North Devon and South Devon there are enough waves for everyone.

A culinary heaven

Feeling peckish on arrival? The birthplace of the Devonshire cream tea, a scone topped with clotted cream and homemade jam, paired with a cup of freshly brewed tea, is a must during a visit to the area.

But there is more to be tried here. Devon is also renowned for its fish and chips, pastries, ice cream and fudge, and with Michelin Star chefs and AA Rosette award-winning restaurants dotted across the county, Devon’s culinary skills are exemplar.

Looking for something to wash all of that down with? The Devon countryside has near perfect conditions for apple-growing and, as a result, it excels in its production of cider – stop by one of the many cider farms and try some out for yourself. Or for those on a romantic getaway, award-winning vineyards are dotted around the countryside, offering the perfect spot for a date with stunning views.

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Getting fresh air

With lots of eating to do, you will not be short of space to work up an appetite. Situated on the longest established National Trail in the country, the South West Coast Path, 65% of Devon’s coastline is recognised as Heritage Coast, and with an abundance of wildlife, be sure to look out for dolphins during beautiful walks by the sea. If it is a short walk you are looking for, there are plenty of sandy beaches, lighthouse-topped cliffs and views across the Jurassic coast on offer.

If you want to stretch your legs further, why not head to a nearby national park? Devon’s countryside has two ready to explore: Exmoor, a large moorland between Devon and Somerset, and Dartmoor, the largest open space in Southern England.

With its hilly landscapes, coastal cliffs, sandy shores, and sea views, and its five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, UNESCO Geopark, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Devon brings a beautifully presented and welcomed escape from the city where you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring.

Unrivalled beaches

South Devon is home to some of England's best beaches - many of them winning awards for water and beach quality. From secluded coves and private white sand beaches to more family-friendly areas with watersports and a range of attractions nearby, there is something for the full family to enjoy.


Going further than Devon

If Devon’s offerings were not enough, a day trip to Exeter boasts retail therapy along cobbled streets lined with independent retailers and boutiques, while further along the South West Coast Path the nearby English Riviera, made up of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, delivers the family holiday atmosphere we have all been missing. As one of the most popular UK holiday destinations, the English Riviera is only a short trip from Devon and the 22-mile stretch of seaside resorts, picturesque villages and rocky coves will make you feel a million miles away from city life.

3 (of many) reasons to fly to Devon

  • Exmoor National Park

  • Glorious Beaches

  • Local Eateries