Woolacombe beach in North Devon has been voted one of the best in Europe.
The huge stretch of sand came out top in a list of beaches in the UK and fourth in Europe in a poll of reviews on travellers' website TripAdvisor.
Weymouth Beach and Porthminster at St Ives were also in the top 20.
The Royal Horse Artillery visited Woolacombe in North Devon yesterday.
Their horses were treated to an exercise session on the beach - providing a much needed break for the hard-working animals. Jacquie Bird went along to find out more.
Horses from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery are on exercise in the West Country from London for the first time in three years.
32 horses from Left Section, The King’s Troop, will be staying in the area until Sunday 22 September. They have been exercising their horses in the surf at Woolacombe Sands.
Two of the region's beaches have been voted within the top 10 in Europe. Woolacombe beach in Devon was voted fifth, with Porthminster beach at St Ives in ninth place in the TripAdvisor survey.
Devon and Cornwall Police's helicopter and dog units have combined to find a missing man in Devon.
The helicopter was flying over the north of the county yesterday afternoon when the crew overheard reports of a missing 55 year old man in the Woolacombe area.
Following 20 minutes of searching the crew located the man in woodland using a thermal camera. The woods were thick and the crew found it difficult to give clear direction to ground units as to how best to get to the man.
The officers in the aircraft teamed up with a dog unit and whilst maintaining a view of the missing person the dog unit was able to navigate through the dense woodland and made contact. The man was found to be safe and was given to the care of the Westcountry Ambulance Service.
A family today (Mon) returned to the beach in North Devon where a fun day out nearly turned to tragedy.
Two teenagers were pulled from the sea at Croyde and given life saving treatment. Other members of the same family were treated by paramedics.
Their rescue was one of many over the weekend
One man, who's holidaying on the coast with his family, spoke to us about his rescue...
Huge waves and strong rip currents led to more than 60 people being rescued from the sea in North Devon at the weekend.
Lifeguards gave oxygen to one person on the beach at Croyde, and four members of the same family were taken to North Devon District Hospital.
In total, 46 people were rescued at Croyde, with another 18 at Woolacombe.