If you are looking for a sandy beach then you need to go down the coastline towards Exmouth for the best sand in the area - soft, white and sandy. Sidmouth up the coast is also a pepple beach.
However why not check out a pepple beach for a change! Budleigh Salterton has an excellent pepple beach and it's great to look for interesting pepples, skimming the thin ones on the water or just walk along the coast.
Favorite thing: The cliff walk rises steadily from the beach - it's not that high up or much of a climb really. Some of the buildings along here are quite interesting, including the round summer house with the thatched roof in the picture.