Destination guide

Salcombe is the cream of Devon's seaside resorts

One of the UK's favorite seaside towns, Salcombe on the Devon coast is a real treat. You'll find many Salcombe vacation rentals overlooking the sea. The town is surrounded by some fantastic beaches. Relax with a picnic on Hope Cove or Thurlestone Beach, or explore Devon's seafaring history in the Salcombe Maritime Museum. And don't miss a traditional Devonshire cream tea in one of the many quaint tea shops and cafes which line its narrow streets. And to work it all off, head for a stroll along the South West Coast Path, a stunning coastal route with some of the best views in the county.

Things to do

Meet smugglers and pirates at the Salcombe Maritime Museum

Salcombe and the rest of the Devonshire coast have an extensive seafaring history. The Salcombe Maritime Museum displays a fascinating collection of paintings and photographs through the years, as well as various artifacts discovered on the many shipwrecks along this coast. It's also popular with families, and kids can dress up and learn about pirates and smugglers. Just south of the town is the National Trust property Overbeck's, which is popular among visitors of all ages. Its beautiful subtropical gardens include banana plants, and it also has an interesting house and museum.


We are sailing—Salcombe is a big hit with the sailors

Salcombe is a magnet for the sailing set drawn to its clear waters and perfect wind conditions. A Salcombe vacation rental makes an ideal base for a sailing-focused trip. There are several lodging choices dotted around the waterfront, many within reach of the harbor. The town is also blessed with an abundance of excellent sandy beaches, all within a few minutes' walk or drive. Local favorite Hope Cove beach has sheltered sands and lifeguards on duty over the summer months. After a busy day at the beach, you can relax in one of the bustling pubs and restaurants in the town center.


Sun, sea and sailing—welcome to the British seaside

Salcombe is very much a fair-weather destination. In the summertime, the population increases tenfold as folks swarm to the coast for sailing and beach holidays. June, July, and August see the best of the summer weather, when temperatures can reach the 80s and the sun shines most days. There is, of course, a chance of showers—this is the British seaside after all, so don't forget your umbrella. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are also pleasant times to visit; while good weather is not guaranteed, you do have a wider choice of Salcombe vacation rentals.

Natural features

The long walk home: Explore the South West Coast Path

Salcombe is a small seaside town in the South Hams district of Devon. It's popular not just among sailors, but also with hiking enthusiasts who come to conquer part of the South West Coast Path, a 630-mile long public footpath with some of the finest views along the south coast. Feeling energetic? Try the 12-mile long walk from Salcombe to Torcross, which overlooks the Salcombe Estuary. This section of the path is scattered with wildflowers and is often a nesting area for seabirds. Once you reach Torcross, you'll be rewarded with sea views and a well-earned ale in one of the coastal pubs.

Where to stay around Salcombe?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 946 vacation rentals near Salcombe. From 532 Cottages to 241 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Salcombe for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Salcombe?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Salcombe. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Salcombe Maritime Museum: 2,556 vacation rentals
  • Salcombe to Bolt Head Walk: 2,260 vacation rentals
  • Overbecks Museum and Garden: 2,229 vacation rentals
  • Salcombe Tourist Information Centre: 2,549 vacation rentals
  • Babbacombe Beach: 2,753 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Salcombe listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Salcombe?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 532 Cottages in Salcombe. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Salcombe include:

  • Houses: 241 rentals available
  • Cabins: 532 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 532 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Barns and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Salcombe?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 162 vacation rentals with pool available in Salcombe. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.