Although Croyde is a relatively small beach, it is large enough to accommodate many visitors. There are also areas to get away from the crowd in the summer months, including Baggy Point, north end, and Downend, south side. It is also only a quick drive to the larger beaches of Saunton and Putsborough, with miles of uncrowded glorious space!
The Surf at Croyde
Croyde has a world class reputation, and, as such, at times, at its best, it can be a dangerous wave, with rips and powerful surges, although this usually doesn't happen in the summer months. In any case, the beach is patrolled by a highly skilled and motivated team of lifeguards.
If you are a beginner, the best time to surf would be any tide except low tide. If more advanced, the rule is the lower the tide, the faster and more powerful the wave, although it can be good on any tide, depending on the conditions, wind, swell, etc.