1. The Beaches- Devon isn’t nicknamed the ‘Two Coast County’ for nothing- with two coasts comes an abundance of beaches to choose from. There’s long sandy beaches, rocky beaches, quiet beaches and beaches full of families. So take your pick. Croyde is well known for surfing and is a popular destination for families. You might even get a gorgeous pink sunset like this one…
2. The tasty Food – Cream teas, fish n’ chips and cafes galore. Devon has become a bit of a foodie heaven over the years boasting an array of great restaurants and dining experiences. Pack some ciders and head down to Barricane Beach for a homemade curry with a view or eat on a barge in the middle of a river at the River Exe Cafe. If you fancy something a bit more refined you can even find yourself at Michelin star restaurant. One of the newest Michelin star holders is the Olive Room, run by a young local chef in Ilfracombe.
3. The Coastal Walks – The Southwest Coast path stretches across all of the Devon coast as well as into Cornwall and Dorset for a total of 630 miles, so make sure you bring your walking boots!! You won’t run out of path here. Although dogs can not go on some of the beaches in the summer, they’re more than welcome on the coastal paths.
4. Airport Free Travels (for those in England and Wales, plus brave Scotlanders)- lets be real, does anyone really want to pack up themselves and their kids, drive to an airport, wait on the security line, take all liquids out the bag, wait for the flight, get everyone on board..well, you get the picture.. when instead you can load the car with whatever fits, and drive a few hours (give or take) down to beautiful Devon?
5. National Parks – Dartmoor and Exmoor are two National Parks in Devon. Take a ride on a cliff railway in Lynton & Lynmouth in Exmoor or check out the wild ponies of Dartmoor. Both parks will amaze you with their beauty!
Blog Post by Lauren from @NYtoAnywhere – check out her website here.