There’s nothing like being able to keep an eye on the ocean from your window, especially if you’re a surfer. Our seafront apartments overlook Westward Ho! Beach, which happens to be one of North Devon’s best surf spots. The shore is a two-minute stroll away, so you can relax in your seafront apartment until the waves are at their best, grab your surfboard and you’ll be paddling out in no time. Unlike many of North Devon’s beaches, which are steep and rocky, Westward Ho! is a gently sloping expanse of sand which stretches for two miles north of the village. Thanks to the beach’s west-facing position, it picks up plenty of swell and is one of the most consistent spots in the area. The waves can be surfed at every stage of the tide, too, making it a great choice for a surfing holiday in North Devon. Surfers of all levels love the long, peeling waves at Westward Ho!. There’s loads of space, so if you’re still learning, you won’t need to worry about getting in the way of more experienced surfers. There are plenty of surf shops and schools on the beach if you want to rent a board and wetsuit or take a lesson to get to grips with the basics. North Devon Surf School on Pebbleridge Road is one of the UK’s longest-running surf schools, just 50 meters from the ocean with heated changing rooms, hot showers and a great cafe. Its teachers are passionate about what they do and will give you all the guidance you need to catch your first wave, from paddling out to popping up, and more advanced manoeuvres such as trimming across the face of the wave and turning your board.
Westward Ho! is just one of many beautiful beaches in North Devon. Discovering new spots is part of what makes surfing such a special sport, and there are plenty of hidden beaches and coves within a few miles of our apartments if you fancy exploring. The Hartland Peninsula is home to some of the region’s best and most challenging waves for experienced surfers, while further south towards Bude, stunning sandy beaches such as Sandymouth offer brilliant waves for novices, especially in small swells. North of Westward Ho! Saunton Sands, Woolacombe and Croyde are classic spots at the heart of North Devon’s surf scene. Saunton Sands’ slow, peeling righthanders are popular among longboarders and Croyde can produce fast, hollow waves at low tide.