South Sands

Top choice in South Devon

Although it gets busy in the summer holidays, South Sands has immense charm. It's something to do with the broad beach (at low tide), the mini watersports centre, cool cafe, chic hotel and the impossibly cute South Sands Ferry, which delivers you onto an improbable motorised platform. It's 2 miles south of Salcombe, on the estuary road.

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