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If you like the ‘sea’ part of the seaside, but want a place with a more relaxed charm than some of the larger South Devon towns, then Shaldon is the perfect base for your nautical adventures. It’s gaining a reputation as an alternative to popular Salcombe for all things water sports, with the estuary and open sea providing a choice of waters, and new cafes and bars providing plenty of refined and traditional evening entertainment. The beach may be smaller than some of the surrounding spots, but it is gently shelving and comes with a view of Teignmouth and the majestic tors of Dartmoor beyond.

Life on the water

A traditional fishing village, the estuary and sea are central to everyday life in Shaldon.  You can try your hand at a variety of water sports, or maybe use your time to perfect your tacking, with sailing, windsurfing and canoeing amongst the many activities on offer. If you would like to get on the water, but want someone else to take the strain, there are a number of boat trips available, for a spot of mackerel fishing or nature spotting, or take advantage of the regular ferry service over to nearby Teignmouth.  For more nautical fun, the Shaldon Water Carnival is the oldest running regatta in the world.

Out and about in Shaldon

Landlubbers won’t be left out.  Shaldon Wildlife Trust, named ‘The Best Little Zoo in the West’, has a clear focus on conservation and is home to many small animals including marmoset, slow loris and lemurs, which will have the whole family cooing.

There are plenty places to grab a hearty meal suiting all tastes and budgets.  Sample local  Ebony and Caramel ales from the Teign Brewery or head to family-friendly Café-ODE; you’ll not go hungry during your stay!

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