Dawlish's best beach is the wonderful Dawlish Warren Beach with golden sands, backed by dunes and lakes. This lovely Blue Flag beach runs for miles and is perfect for safe family bathing, with lifeguards always in place. Over the summer attractions on and around the beach include children's entertainers and firework displays.
Nearby Coryton Cove is a small and peaceful beach with rock pools and high cliffs. Here you can rent a beach hut, perfect for relaxing in the shade on a hot afternoon.
Top for kids
Dawlish is a perfect seaside resort for kids. Beachside amusements include arcade games, dodgems and merry go-rounds. Pirate's Cove Mini Golf is one of the more popular attractions and Grand Prix Go Karts is an exhilarating ride for older kids. Away from the beaches, food lovers can check out the specialties at a local market that runs on the first Friday of every month.
Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve is a popular location for bird watchers, who gather to spy wading birds, wintering seabirds, migrant land-birds and winter land-birds.
More to see
If you want to explore further afield, the nearby towns of Exeter and Torquay have plenty of attractions and the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park is within easy reach.