10 of the best: uk beaches - 2 South Devon: Blackpool Sands, near Dartmouth
The wow factor: With its golden sands cupped by pine-topped cliffs and lapped by crystal-clear water, you could almost be in the Mediterranean. A Blue Flag winner in 2010, Blackpool Sands is privately-managed and is cleaned daily.
Activities: Supervised sand pits and lifeguards help make it one of the area’s most popular family beaches. Water sports include kayaking and boogie boarding, while you can rent surf-skis or hire a wetsuit and snorkel to explore the waters. Walkers can enjoy the adjacent South West Coast Path. The sub-tropical Blackpool Gardens, a restored 19th century plantsman’s garden, are nearby.
Stay: A range of accommodation is right on the doorstep. Family-run Stoke Lodge Hotel (www.stokelodge.co.uk) is in the neighbouring village of Stoke Fleming. Camping and caravanning and rental holiday cottages are also available in the area.