Dartmouth has been ranked second by consumer champion Which? in its annual poll of the UK’s best coastal destinations.
Which? asked thousands of holiday makers to rate their recent visits to over 100 UK seaside resorts across a range of factors including food and drink, seafront, beach, value for money and peace and quiet.
At the top the list was St Mawes in Cornwall scoring 85% with Dartmouth on 84%.
With Dartmouth’s cheery disposition, it little boats, marina, ancient buildings, plentiful pubs and tea rooms and rainbow-coloured houses that look down from Kingswear, we’re not at all surprised.
Dartmouth and the South Hams are perfect for families.
If you only get as far as the glorious River Dart, which runs for 47 miles from Dartmoor to Dartmouth, there’s so much to do.
Try stand up paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing, or books cruise and spy on Agatha Christie’s house, an imposing building now owned by the National Trust.
Atlantic seals are always out and about along the River Dart, lazing on pontoons, sleeping on boats, or just popping their heads up to say hello.
Here are a few ideas of how to enjoy your time in Dartmouth.
Dartmouth Castle Ferries
Jump on at Dartmouth Castle or the town centre and relax as you enjoy the fabulous views of Dartmouth and Kingswear.
Sea Kayak Devon
A guided tour by sea kayak is a unique way to see the local coastline and River Dart.
Coronation Dinghy Park, Coombe Rad, Dartmouth TQ6 9PQ 01803 362007
The Paddle Shack
Based in Dartmouth, The Paddleshack provide guided SUP trips and skills courses for all abilities.
Kiosk N, S Embankment, Dartmouth TQ6 9BH
Dartmouth Boat Hire Centre
Boats are available to hire by the hour or day, for up to eight people.
Kiosk, North Embankment, Dartmouth TQ6 9SW 01803 834600
The Picnic Boat
For families, groups or romantic trips along the River Dart
144 Victoria Road, Dartmouth TQ6 9EG 07968 752625
Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer
The UK’s only coal-fired paddle steamer, which is now taking passengers between Dartmouth and Totnes.
Kingswear Station Office, Kingswear Signal Box, The Square, Kingswear TQ6 0AA
Dartmouth Rail River
Take a circular cruise around the Dart estuary or up to Totnes with Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company.
Ferry To Ditsum
This is the perfect way to visit the picturesque village of ‘Ditsum’.
Town Quay, The Embankment, Dartmouth, TQ6 9NJ
Pilgrim of Brixham - Sailing Charters
The beautiful1895 gaff-rigged Pilgrim is the oldest existing Brixham built and rigged sailing trawler, now lovingly restored to her former Victorian glory and taking passengers.
Learn to surf at Bigbury-on-Sea and Challaborough Bay with South Devon's premier surf school
This beautiful, unspoilt shingle beach in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its surrounded by high cliffs that plunge into crystal clear sea. Its great for swimming, snorkelling or hiring a paddle board or kayak. There are plenty of facilities, including a café and loos.