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Maritime Leisure

The sea is the lifeblood of the English Riviera. With 22 miles of coastline, 16 square miles of open sea and the sheltered Tor Bay, the resort is one of the best destinations for maritime activities in the country. Its two international marinas, four yacht and sailing clubs, and ample access to watersports facilities, equipment hire and boat trips attract visitors from around the world. Coasteering, kayaking, diving – it’s all here.

In 2013 Natural England announced that Tor Bay will be included in a list of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ's) that will encompass important marine sites all around the English coastline.  Tor Bay shares this designation with high profile sites such as Lundy Island and the Isles of Scilly. 

Maritime Events

The bay is the natural setting for many world-class maritime events throughout the year. Sailors visit for national championships, plus the main Regatta Season, through July and August, features the renowned Torbay Week sailing regatta and a host of fun events for all the family, with fairground rides, fireworks and Red Arrows.

The sporting theme continues with championships in rowing, skim boarding and angling, and there’s no shortage of fun either: check out the Brixham Pirate Festival and Fishstock for starters.

Maritime Fun

This picturesque horse-shoe-shaped bay was pivotal in British maritime history, offering safe anchorage to naval fleets in the Napoleonic wars and shading smugglers in its secret caverns. Everyone will enjoy their voyage of discovery: head to one of the maritime museums, or discover life aboard Sir Francis Drake’s vessel the Golden Hind. If you’re feeling brave, why not take a tour of an infamous smugglers’ haunt?

Of course, a maritime experience wouldn’t be complete without messing about in a boat, and with leisure cruises, fishing trips and even vintage ferries, there are plenty of vessels to choose from. You can also soak up the sea’s influence by sampling fresh sea food cuisine straight from Brixham Fish Market – where you can do a tour – as well as arts and crafts, and charming seaside shops.

Your maritime adventure awaits; discover the nautical delights of the English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay.

Maritime on The English Riviera

Oddicombe Beach Torquay

Oddicombe Beach Torquay

This is a great beach for all ages! paddling for the young and a variety of watersports for the older and braver! Accessible via a steep road or you could take the amazing Babbabacombe Cliff Railway. Oddicombe has beach huts to rent, a well stocked beach shop and a super newly refurbished café...

Preston Sands Paignton

Preston Sands Paignton

A short walk from Paignton is Preston Sands, a...

Oddicombe Beach Torquay

Oddicombe Beach Torquay

This is a great beach for all ages! paddling for...

Goodrington Sands Paignton

Goodrington Sands Paignton

Close to Paignton is the long, sandy stretch of...

Saltern cove

Saltern Cove Paignton

Saltern Cove is one of the SSSI designated sites...

Meadfoot Beach

Meadfoot Beach

A mile from Torquay harbour and in a stunning...

Breakwater Beach - Torbay

Breakwater Beach

Close to the mouth of Brixham harbour is...

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