Blackpool Sands is not Blackpool and its not sands, rather it is a privately managed Blue Flag beach in South Devon, close to Dartmouth. Blackpool Sands are in a sheltered bay and surrounded with pine trees. With its turquoise blue sea and stunning views, it offers a glimpse of the Mediterranean to its visitors.
Blackpool Sands is a mainly shingle beach and like nearby beaches, the name 'Sands' is an historical name. The shingle beach offers a number of advantages for families, including easy paddling and swimming for children at the water's edge as the tide line varies little during the day. Shingle does not blow about like sand and as a beach that offers a number of activities such as kayaking and surfboarding, the shingle means that kayaks, boats and boards can easily be launched from the shoreline.
The beach contains sand pits that are ideal for the kids and is protected by lifeguards. Blackpool Sands also has toilet and shower facilities, a caff and a shop, making it an ideal beach for family holidays. The nearby Blackpool Gardens are historical gardens first established in 1896 and these contain rare and unusual semi-tropical plants.
Blackpool Sands hosts the annual Stand Up Paddle Boarding Championship, so those who are looking to compete in this event, or even just watch, it is advisable to book Blackpool Sands hotels well in advance, as accommodation will fill up quickly.
There are a range of hotels in Blackpool Sands, including a few chain hotels such as Travelodge and Premier Travel Inn. There are also smaller hotels and B&Bs available that are run by local residents, as well as a number of cottages. Blackpool Sands offers easy access to nearby Dartmouth, where visitors can explore the old town and Naval College as well as taking a trip on the river, or a ride on the Dartmouth Steam Railway.
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