The beaches in Torquay are not the best in the area, mostly pebbly, but they are adequate. This is one of the more popular beaches Oddicombe, reached by the Cliff Railway or a steep winding road. Other beaches worth a mention are Ansteys Cove, Babbacombe, Petitor (nudest beach) and the main Torquay seafront beach which is sand.
An amusing story about Torquay beach, there is only a beach there because building sand is shipped in every year to make the beach. A few years ago there was a national competition to find the best beach in Britain for building sand castles. Strangly Torquay won! I wonder why, hmmmm?
On Babbacombe Beach the Murder of Miss Keyes took place in 1884 by John Lee who became known as John Babbacombe Lee. They tired to hang him 3 times each time failed to kill him. He became known as "The man they could not hang". When he was released from prison in 1907, he fled to America with a barmaid, leaving his wife & children in a work house & died there in 1945. Nice chap!