Bantham Swoosh courtesy Graham Wynne/Outdoor Swimming Society

Watersports in Thurlestone

If you’re staying in one of our luxury holiday cottages you must get out on the water. There’s nothing quite like the wind in your hair as you cruise along the coast or paddle along the estuaries. And when it comes to boat hire in Thurlestone, we can safely say we have it covered. From luxury cruisers, power boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, dinghy sailing, windsurfing… whatever floats your boat! You name it and we’ll do our very best to find it for you!

Kayaking at South Milton Sands

South Milton Sands is perfect for Kayaking. paddle boarding and windsurfing and allows an easy launch into the sheltered calm waters of the bay. At low tide there’s a flat water lagoon, a good place for beginners to build their confidence before venturing into deeper waters. You can hire equipment: buoyancy aids, wetsuits (for adults and children of all ages), paddleboards, windsurfers and kayaks from Surfin’ Sam Watersports which is on the beach in front of the National Trust car park. Surfin’ Sam will also provide full safety briefings and instruction with equipment hire. 

SUP Walk

Estuary Watersports

The calm waters of the Kingsbridge estuary are ideal for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Waterborn SUP hires out stand-up paddleboards and offers lessons with BSUPA (British Stand Up Paddleboarding Association) accredited instructors.

Mothers Day Kayak Salcombe

Guided Kayaking Trips

If you don’t fancy heading out on your own and want to build your confidence, join one of Sea Kayak Devon’s guided trips, perfect for all ages and abilities.. They also offer a Coastal Discovery course – a sea kayaking adventure for beginners and experienced kayakers. Imagine spending the day out on the water, exploring a wildlife rich coastline with hidden beaches and coves – think seal spotting, picnics, foraging for food and campfires on the sand and you get the picture. Dartmouth based Sea Kayak Devon is just a thirty-minute drive from Thurlestone. 


South Devon surfing

Surfing in Devon

The surfing in South Devon is pretty awesome, okay our breakers may not hit the dizzy heights of those at Fistral Beach but, when the surf’s up, it’s awesome!

Head to Bantham (5 minute drive) or Bigbury on Sea (30 minute drive), a vast sweeping curve of a beach dissected by the River Avon where it flows into the sea. The location is pretty amazing too, both Bantham and Bigbury beaches overlook the iconic Burgh Island, (reached via a tidal causeway and sea tractor at high tide. Burgh Island was a favourite haunt of the mistress of crime, Agatha Christie). Both beaches have surf schools and seasonal lifeguards which affirms how serious we are about it here!

If you fancy catching a wave at Bigbury on Sea or Bantham contact the Discovery Surf School 

or the  Bantham Surfing Academy . Both offer surfing tuition, board and wetsuit hire and lessons geared to suit all abilities and ages plus stand up paddle and kayak hire. 

South Devon boat hire

Boat Hire

Salcombe is your best stop for boat hire. You can pick up almost any craft you wish at this stylish coastal hotspot and it’s just a 10 minute drive from Thurlestone.  Salcombe Dinghy Sailing offers Wayfarers, Lasers and Optimists and can provide tuition in addition to the boat hire. You’ll find them in the centre of town by Whitestrand car park. 
For a five star luxury sailing experience, hop aboard a skippered catamaran or yacht  with Sailfunk. With a skipper at the helm you can either lend a hand with the tasks or let the crew do the work while you relax on the deck with a glass of fizz as you sail along the coast. The ultimate celebration for that special birthday or anniversary.


Need a little excitement in your life? Try coasteering for an epic adrenalin filled adventure, great fun for families and friends, whether you’re a first timer or have tried it before, have a chat with Salcombe Coasteering for the ultimate waterborne experience!