UK holidays are fast becoming the new vacation for us Brits, and for good reason. Not only are they often more affordable, the weather in certain parts of the country can be pretty reliable during the summer months. Plus there are lots of fun activities to fill your days with. South Devon is a fantastic example of this. Read on for five reasons to make here your next favourite holiday spot.
It’s rare to find a place where you can see dolphins in the morning and hit the high street in the afternoon, but this is exactly what you get in South Devon. You can go dolphin watching over in Berryhead, jump in the car and in under an hour you can be in Exeter. Here you’ll find a bustling high street jam-packed with all your favourite shops. You’ll find a handy guide to what there is on offer shopping-wise in Exeter here.
Being located in the South West of the country, South Devon is classed as having a maritime climate. A report from the BBC says “the average July temperature is around 15-17 degrees, although temperatures in excess of 30 degrees are not unheard of.” This is great news for those craving long, hot days on the beach and wishing to top up their tan. Who says you need to go to the Caribbean for sunny day, anyway?
The Choice of Accommodation
In many parts of the UK, hotels are pretty much your only option if you want a comfortable, spacious and safe place to stay. However, once you reach the coast- and the warmer climates- a whole new world of options appears! Do you fancy a tent, a tipi or a caravan? Caravan holidays in Devon are an especially good bet as you’ve got a place to cook and a place to relax. And, unlike in a tent, you’re properly protected if it does decide to rain! Some even come fully equipped with bedding and towels, leaving more room in the car for a bottle of wine or 5!
South Devon is home to some of the UK’S most beautiful beaches. Dawlish Warren in Teign Bridge has a traditional amusement arcade. Over at South Milton Sands you can snorkel, scuba dive and windsurf. There is a Victorian pier at Teignmouth beach, and Bigbury on Sea is credited as being award-winning. South Devon’s official guide has ranked their top 10 favourites here.
The Local Attractions
If you’ve got kids, simply staying in a caravan will seem fun, but if you’re wanting to venture out, you’re in luck. South Devon boasts kid-friendly places like Paignton Zoo and Dinosaur World. Plus, many coastline resorts offer amusements and arcades. Or, if you’re planning an adults escape, you’ve got Dartmoor National Park, Cockington Court and Torre Abbey to spend a day at. If you’re heading to South Devon in August, you can also attend the British Firework Championships in Plymouth Hoe.