Secluded and rocky, Middle Cove and Outer Cove are north on Rte 30 – they're perfect for a beach picnic.
North at the head of Torbay Bight is the enjoyable, short Father Troy Path, which hugs the shoreline. The view from Cape St Francis is worth the bumpy gravel road from Pouch Cove. There's an old battery and you may see a whale or two.
West of St John's on Topsail Rd (Rte 60), just past Paradise, is Topsail Beach, with picnic tables, a walking trail and panoramic views of Conception Bay and its islands.