East Portlemouth is unusual in that it includes several small beaches, so you’ll have your pick of a scattering of secluded coves and sandy spots. If you prefer a quiet, unspoilt stretch of beach than the ones that attract the crowds then head to one of these and enjoy the feeling of enjoying somewhere the masses have missed.
The beaches are found in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and even better, dogs are welcome along at any time of year. The three main beaches that make up East Portlemouth are Fishermans Cove, Milly Bay and Smalls Cove and each one has a Safe Bathing status. The water is shallow enough for children to paddle, clean and safe – so this area is ideal for those with small children. If you’re hoping to get them used to swimming during a family holiday this quiet spot gives you the opportunity to ease them in without interruption.
Everyone loves rock pooling, and when the tide goes out you’ll be able to wander the beaches and explore the many rock pools that suddenly appear. If you feel like venturing a little further during your day out, catch the ferry from Fisherman’s Cove to Salcombe’s beach (but be warned it’s usually much busier).
East Portlemouth Beaches are accessible for disabled visitors, and there are car parks, toilet facilities and a refreshment kiosk to keep the ice cream flowing. The coast path runs close to the beaches, so this is a great spot for walkers too.