The Pig's Nose Inn in the village is a great local pub with fantastic ales, beers and ciders and lots of live music.
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The Start Point Lighthouse is open in the high season and on the path out, see if you can spot the resident seals basking in the water below.
There is a great wide sandy beach with shallow water at Mill Bay which is on the opposite side of the estuary from Salcombe.
Salcombe hosts the maritime museum where you can spot the ships that have wrecked off the coast.