In a stunning setting, this fabulous stretch of beach is a gem! Car parking is adjacent and plentiful. The public loos, the cafes and beach shops are all at a high standard and are all clean and well kept, as is the beach itself which is cleaned and manicured by machine and by hand every day. The sixty or so colourful beach huts are all for hire and a great favourite with families.

For swimming and surfing Woolacombe is safe and popular. For surfers excellent tuition is available at every level. Woolacombe has a reputation as a safe family beach and the RNLI are in attendance throughout the summer and keep a careful watch on swimmers and surfers alike.

The busier area of the beach is dog free, on another area dogs are allowed on a lead and on another larger area dogs can run free.

Woolacombe Sands is privately owned and the beach, the car parks and all the services including the provision of life guards, beach cleaning and the loos are provided by the beach owners with staff who are friendly and efficient. Car parking charges in North Devon are very similar and for what is provided at Woolacombe it is excellent value for money.   

This beach is conscientiously managed to a high standard and thoroughly deserves its reputation as one of Britain’s and Europe’s very best.