Romantic sailing destinations
What could be a more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day than embarking on a couple’s sail to one of the many beautiful destinations along the Devon and Cornwall coastline? Treat your other half to a day out, wrap up warm and take a picnic to enjoy a candle-lit lunch along the South West coastline as you bask in the breath-taking views, or moor up and visit a cosy pub with a roaring fire for some hearty home-cooked fare.
Here are seven beautiful destinations, all ideal for a romantic sail from Sutton Harbour Marina.
A lovely lunch-time stop alongside the twinned villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, just west of Plymouth Breakwater. This idyllic location makes for a great picnic stop and a leisurely walk around the surrounding area. Its beach is the perfect spot to cosy up and enjoy the view, and there are plenty of welcoming pubs to visit in both villages.
If you’re looking for a leisurely sail then the Tamar is a great stretch with picturesque views of both Devon and Cornwall along the way. Going past Devonport Dockyard and under the Brunel Bridge, the River Tamar becomes the natural boundary between the two counties and gives you access to many towns and villages if you feel like stopping off en route.
You could take your other half to one of the South West’s most beautiful coastal towns and take a walk around the inviting shops, stopping in a local for some classic pub grub, or treat yourself to a three-course meal in a fine dining restaurant. Salcombe is within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has exquisite coastal scenery and golden sandy beaches.
Take a day trip to one of the most popular seaside towns in Cornwall: Looe has everything you could want from a day spent with someone special, from fun on the beach to cobbled streets that are lined with independent shops, restaurants and cafes to explore. East and West Looe stand either side of the river and both deliver great locations to look out to sea.
Known as the English Riviera, Torbay is over three miles wide and is located after the Lyme Bay crossing. With vantage points overlooking the three towns along the bay – Torquay, Paignton and Brixham – you are guaranteed some great backdrops. Torbay has two marinas to berth in for a short visit, and on a clear day you can sometimes see the tors of Dartmoor.
Located five miles west of Salcombe, Hope Cove is a small seaside village with two sheltered beaches, where you can enjoy a picnic for two filled with all your favourite things. And if you decide to take your four-legged friend with you, dogs are allowed on the bigger beach all year around, but asked to be kept on leads. Another seaside location for a romantic day out, with superb views for a coastal walk.
If you’re feeling especially brave, have more time to spare and are looking for the ultimate romantic destination, why not take a trip to France? If you’ve read our previous blog post you’ll know that you can sail from Plymouth to the Port of Roscoff, which is about 97nm away, more easily than you might think. The journey requires much more preparation than our day sail suggestions of course – and for more detail on what you’ll need to do first, take a look at our post Sailing from Plymouth to France.
For more information and some additional sailing destinations that are easily accessible from Sutton Harbour Marina, visit our Cruising Destinations page.