One of my favourite North Devon beaches is Woolacombe bay. With it's long stretches of golden sand it has been named the fourth best beach in europe. It also has an excellent reputation for being clean and safe, safe due to the life guards that keep watch during the summer. The top hotel in the village is Woolacombe Bay Hotel owing not only to its luxury accommodation but also easy access to the beach. Woolacombe itself is a lively village, with a number of restaurants, pubs and places to stay.