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England: Torbay, Devon

99 Coastal Destinations Rated: In the Balance

Score: 60

The mild climate of this fertile stretch of Britain's south coast has earned it the sobriquet "English Riviera." Visitors will find here potted palm trees and "tatty-looking hotels."

Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:

"The so-called English Riviera can be something of a disappointment. Despite investment in new visitor facilities, both Torquay and Paignton feel like down-at-the-heel resorts with tatty looking hotels and B&Bs that have seen better days. Brixham retains more vitality and atmosphere, but the coastline to the south between Dartmouth and Salcombe is much more attractive."

"This area has been subject to significant erosion, and the consequences of climate change will exacerbate this situation. Appropriate management decisions must be made soon."

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