The Top 5 Best Beaches in Brixham

Breakwater Beach in Brixham, Near Torquay, Torbay, South Devon

The Best Beach and Sandy Beaches near Brixham, Torbay

You may know Brixham as the busy fishing harbour in South Devon, but just a short walk from the picturesque town you’ll find an abundance of beaches. This is our handy travel guide to the best beaches in Brixham.

Brixham, located in the English Riviera, has an array of stunning beaches with a mixture of sandy, shingle, and pebble. Perfect for picnics, coastal walks, water sports, and for days out swimming in the sea.

We’ve handpicked our top 5 beaches in and around the town of Brixham. 

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Brixham’s Top Five Beaches

Breakwater Beach

Breakwater beach is one of the best award-winning beaches for beauty in the English Riviera. The popular shingle beach is a Blue Flag beach, has a Quality Coast Award, and in addition has been recommended by the Good Beach Guide.

Facilities at the Breakwater include a car park, toilets, a shop, and a cafe so it’s a great beach to spend the day. 

Breakwater beach is dog friendly during the winter but dogs are banned from May to September.

Breakwater beach in Brixham

Fishcombe Cove

Located along the coast of Brixham is the spectacular Fishcombe Cove. This charming cove is surrounded by red cliffs on all sides and is a peaceful place to visit. 

The sheltered cliffs make this beach perfect for swimming and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Fishcombe Cove is a shingle beach with rocks and cliffs. Facilities include toilets and a cafe at the top of the beach which is open during the summer months. The Freshwater car park is a 5-minute walk away. You’ll also find Battery Gardens close by.

Fishcombe Cove beach is dog friendly all year round.

Fishcombe Cove in Brixham, Near Torquay, Torbay, South Devon

Scabbacombe Sands

Scabbacombe Sands is a small beach and usually very quiet, however, there are no facilities at this beach so arrive prepared with water and snacks. Parking is also located around 30 minutes away.

Scabbacombe beach is dog friendly all year round.

St Mary’s Bay Beach

St Mary’s is a secluded sandy beach (with some shingles) away from the hustle and bustle of Brixham. Surrounding the beach are rocks and cliffs. 

There are no facilities on the beach, but just a short walk away you’ll find Berry head and The Guardhouse Cafe. 

St Mary’s Beach is dog friendly all year round.

Shoalstone Beach and Pool

A small shingle beach close to the centre and within walking distance of Brixham. There’s no sand but instead, kids can enjoy the rock pools and marine life. 

Shoalstone is more widely known for its saltwater swimming pool which dates back to 1896. The pool is perfect for families with parking, and a cafe nearby.

Shoalstone beach is dog friendly all year round.

Frequently Asked Questions about Brixham Beaches

Does Brixham have a beach?

Yes, Brixham has a variety of different beaches including sandy, shingle, and pebble.

Are there any sandy beaches in Brixham?

Brixham does have sandy beaches, including St Mary’s Beach.

Are there any dog-friendly beaches in Brixham?

Yes, Brixham has many dog-friendly beaches including St Mary’s Beach and Fishcombe Cove. Brixham is a very dog-friendly place to visit throughout the year.

Which is the best beach in Brixham?

The beaches in Brixham are all stunning in their own right, but our personal favourite is Breakwater Beach for its scenery, easy access, and facilities.

Is Brixham worth visiting?

Brixham is a thriving town with something for everyone. From art and culture, amazing restaurants, stunning scenery, beaches to coastal walks, you’ll never be bored in this bustling fishing town.

Can you swim in the sea in Brixham?

Yes, you can certainly swim in the sea. Breakwater beach is a popular beach for swimming and water activities such as paddle boarding.

Which is the nicest beach in Devon?

Devon is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful beaches on both the North and South coastline. We may be biased but the award-winning Breakwater beach is our personal favourite for its accessibility, uninterrupted views of Torbay, and the lovely cafe.

Is Brixham a popular holiday destination?

Brixham is a prime holiday destination located on the breathtaking English Riviera. A beautiful fishing town with shops, bars and restaurants, coastal walks, beaches, museums, and watersports.

Summary of the Best Beaches in Brixham, Torbay, South Devon

Brixham is a large fishing town with a harbour and marina, and also has some of the best beaches in Devon. You could easily spend a week exploring all of the different beaches and coves, many with facilities to keep the entire family entertained.

We hope you enjoyed this guide to the top beaches in Brixham.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Torbay, take a look at the Quayside Hotel located in the heart of Brixham.

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