The English Riviera is a bay on the south west coast of England.  Located in Devon, the area covers the coastal resorts of Brixham, Torquay and Paignton.  It has been a popular tourist destination since the late-18th century and is considered one of England’s most beautiful coastlines.  The area enjoys a unique climate, its short winters and long summers offering a respite from conventional British weather.  The Riviera’s mild weather supports sub-tropical plants, and it boasts palm trees and greenery to rival hotter climes.  Its 18 beaches vary greatly, from the traditional harbour and port at Brixham to the glamorous marina of Torquay.  The Riviera has developed a successful tourism industry while continuing to protect its natural environment.  It is now home to 11 sites of special scientific interest, an under-water nature reserve and 2,000 acres of country parks and open spaces.