The nearest towns are the market town of Kingsbridge where you can kayak or paddleboard down the estuary to the yachting haven of Salcombe. A little further away are the historic towns of Totnes and Dartmouth – with boat trips operating between them.
Along the coast from Hope Cove’s two beaches are South Milton Sands and Thurlestone Beach where you can hire windsurfs and kayaks and have lessons if you choose.
Bantham beach is next along the coast where surfing and bodyboarding is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. A small passenger ferry operates between Bantham and Bigbury.
It is from Bigbury that you can walk or ride in the sea tractor to the famous Agatha Christie Burgh Island, which can be seen from Ocean Reach.