Harbour Beach

harbour beach hope cove

Hope Cove actually consists of two villages, Inner Hope where the old lifeboat station with the slip way gives boat access to the beach and Outer Hope which has access to Harbour Beach and the other known as Mouthwell.

Harbour Beach bridges Outer Hope and Inner Hope and is backed by high cliffs and the coastal path that leads on up to Bolt Tail and further East to Salcombe and Bolt Head. This is a wide open sandy beach, ideal for rock pooling and sand castle building.

If the tide is up during the day, the sun bakes the sea to a delicious warmth. There is a harbour wall which kids love to jump off at high tide. Please be sure to advise them it is too shallow at any other time.

Boats are usually kept on the beach during the season so enjoy the etiquette of helping fellow water users navigate their boats through the families and towels as they push it on trailers down the beach and up again. Jet skis are also widely used off this beach and there are usually waterskiing an wakeboarding happening. Sailing vessels of all sizes moor up and relax in the beautiful sheltered bay.

Keep an eye out for boats, but you can kayak, SUP stand up paddleboard or even swim the entire bay across to Thurlestone Rock and beyond to Burgh Island if you fancy.


  • Sandy
  • Parking - Ample
  • Accessibility - No problem
  • Facilities - Toilets and Refreshments
  • Dogs - Must be kept on a lead
  • Life Guard - No

Best for

Boating and Families. Also scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing.

Look out for

Inner Hope, a picturesque square of thatched cottages.

It's a fact !

Please be sure to read all about the Hope Cove Lifeboat and put some coins in their tins. This is a busy bay and we need to keep their volunteer service afloat as it takes care of this whole bay.

* The information contained on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge, however, if you notice anything that you know to be incorrect or misleading, please contact us.

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