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Open air swimming pool - Whitehill Country Park, Devon
Whitehill Country Park, Devon

Holidays in Devon are heaven when you’re near the beach. And according to Tripadvisor, Devon has one of the best beaches in the world!

A jewel in the south-west of England with areas of outstanding natural beauty, sandy beaches, clifftop walks, crystal clear waters, historical sites and exciting medieval towns, Devon has it all.

Here are three of the best award-winning Devon holiday parks near beaches, all with amazing swimming pools, a great choice of accommodation and simply breathtaking views.

1. Whitehill Country Park, Paignton

Near to several gorgeous beaches, the award-winning Whitehill Country Park in the South Devon hills is surrounded by a stunning 40 acres of countryside and woodland for incredible views and a real feeling of space and freedom.

Winner of Holiday Park of the Year in the English Riviera Tourism Awards 2019, it was also one of last year's Top 100 Parks as voted for by readers of Practical Caravan Magazine. 

Ideal for families, Whitehill Country Park has a lovely heated outdoor swimming pool with glorious views, a poolside hot tub and a mini splash pad for hours of fun in the sun. There’s plenty of space for children to run around and they will love the outdoor adventure playgrounds. 

This is a pet-friendly park and not only can you bring your dog along with you on holiday to enjoy endless woodland walks but the park has its own designated dog exercise area and even a special dog shower. 

Whitehill Country Park has a variety of accommodation from boutique holiday caravans with hot tubs and luxury lodges to touring, camping and glamping pods. 

Paignton Sands is considered to be one of the top 10 best beaches on the English Riviera

2. Ladram Bay Holiday Park, Budleigh Salterton

Ladram Bay Holiday Park is an award-winning 5-star park with its own private beach in a secluded sheltered bay. Boasting panoramic ocean views from the restaurant, a swimming pool complex, sauna and steam room, this park has been expertly run by the same family since 1943! 

The pool at Ladram Bay Holiday Park has a new Outdoor Splash Zone with interactive water features for children or anyone young at heart plus a gym for anyone who loves to work out on holiday. There’s also an indoor climbing wall, and a Jurassic-themed adventure golf course and instructor-led activities including Body Zorbs and Aqua Jets.

The perfect place for sea sports and activities, the park has a choice of luxury lodges, apartments or glamping options, plus fields for tents and tourers. 

Ladram Bay's private beach is a lovely stretch of sand-washed pebbles in a sheltered bay with sparkling blue waters for safe swimming and a range of water sports.

3. Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park, Plymouth

The beachside Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park is set in a unique position in a picturesque unspoilt wooded valley that leads down and opens onto a safe sandy beach in South Devon. 

Family-run for over 50 years, this is a wonderful family-friendly place close to the Devon coastal path for life-affirming walks with awe-inspiring views. 

This park has an abundance of open space for football, cricket and kite flying plus areas for table tennis and badminton with nearby woodland walks and even friendly goats and chickens that are always popular with children and animal lovers.

Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park is a pet-free place of peace and tranquility with an indoor swimming pool, sauna and children’s playground. There is a lovely choice of accommodation from luxury lodges and cosy caravans to self-catering holiday apartments in the wing of the historical Grade 2 listed country house. 

Bovisand Bay is considered to be one of the finest beaches in Devon and Woolacombe beach in North Devon was recently voted one of the best in the world in the  2020 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice awards for the world's best beaches. 

Valley and and the sea - Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park, Devon
Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park, Devon

The stunning beaches, beauty of the English Riviera and the South West Coast Path along with traditional Devonian cream teas make Devon one of the top UK holiday destinations.