Wondering where to stay for your surfing holiday in Croyde Bay? Read on for our
comprehensive guide to accommodation – whether it’s camping, lodges or bed and breakfasts
you want, we’ll talk you through a selection of our best picks.
First off – Camping! Croyde is renowned for its greenery and amazing camp spots, all within 10
minutes walk from the beach. One of our favourites is Ruda holiday park. Located opposite our
school, it’s super convenient for your lessons or just general beach access. They’ve got a huge
choice of lodgings whether you’re just looking for a pitch to park your camper, all the way
through to luxury lodges. If there’s a rainy day on your trip or you just fancy a change of scene,
head over to the swimming pool where rapids and slides will keep your little ones (and you)
entertained for hours or, if you fancy staying dry, visit the arcade, surf shop, or one of the many
on site cafes and restaurants.
If big family campsites don’t appeal there’s a number of smaller, idyllic camping spots. There’s
Ocean Pitch which, set opposite the beach, is an award winning spot. Ocean Pitch offers both
campervan and tent pitches, as well as their gorgeous glamping pods for a luxurious rural
camping experience. The campsite is home to the glorious Biffens Kitchen, a surf inspired street
food vendor. Biff’s stall (voted number one cafe in Croyde 2019) cooks up a different cuisine
every night, ranging from pulled jackfruit to chicken katsu curry. Always with incredible veggie
and vegan options, as well as mouthwatering homemade sauces.
You may be craving something a little off the beaten track to help you get back to nature. If
that’s the case then Cherry Tree Farm Camping is the place for you. Though it’s a little further
from the beach (still just a five minute stroll) the breathtaking views of the ocean lure guests
back year after year. The campsite is nestled between beautiful pastures so you and your family
can truly unwind.
If you’re not sold on camping, but don’t have loads of cash to spare there’s a couple of thriving
hostels to choose from. First off is Ocean Backpackers, based in the fishing village of Ilfracombe
– home to Damien Hurst’s amazing ‘Verity’ statue as well as tonnes of gorgeous cafes, shops
and lively nightlife. It’s great value for money and just a short bus ride or drive to the local
beaches. Alternatively, an oceanside option is the Beach House in Woolacombe which hosts a
variety of dorms and private rooms to choose from, as well as a bustling bar/restaurant
downstairs. It’s just a stone’s throw from the famous Marisco Disco if you fancy a boogie or base
yourself here for beautiful hikes over to Croyde, Morte Point and Ilfracombe.
You’ve got some fantastic bed and breakfasts to choose from in Croyde, Breakers being one of
our top choices. Richard and Jenny take pride in their panoramic sea views (as well as their
amazing traditional English brekkie) plus, it’s the closest b&b to the beach. There’s also
Thistledoo, owned by the wonderful Gizzy who creates a wholesome and welcoming space for
her guests. Thistledoo is so tranquil yet conveniently located between both the beach and the
village centre, just a five minute walk to either. For slightly larger groups, the famous Thatch pub
and restaurant is also a b&b style guesthouse. It has over 10 rooms, with bunks, doubles and
family sized rooms to pick from. Not only are the suites homey and affordable, but you’re right at
the centre of the action – one of Croyde’s liveliest pubs is just a few steps away. These are
some of our favorite local picks, but don’t forget to check out Airbnb for more gorgeous places to
stay that’ll make your trip unforgettable.