Beaches in Paignton
At the literal centre of Torbay, Paignton offers some of the finest beaches in South Devon, and are often renowned as the sandiest and safest beaches in the Bay. From the iconic Paignton Pier to the lesser known hidden gems, we've picked out a few of our top choices for Paignton Beaches.
Paignton Sands and Preston Sands
Stretching from Paignton Harbour all the way to Preston, this fabulous sandy beach is a great, family-friendly base for enjoying sand and sun. With a great selection of restaurants and cafés within just a stones throw, Paignton Sands also plays home to the Pier with its family fun amusements.
Getting here - The best way to get to the beach is by taking the service to Paignton Bus Station. A large number of services run here. There's also plenty of parking if you're taking the car.
A beautiful sandy beach which stretches as far as the eye can see! Whether you're enjoying the sights of the passing steam train just behind the beach, looking for a relaxing day out after visting Splashdown Quaywest, or simply looking to dig out the bucket and spade and take to the sand, Goodrington is a fabulous choice. Dogs are also welcome on Goodrington Sands North, though are not allowed on the South section.
Getting here - Both the 4 and 118 bus services run to Goodrington, as well as both sections of the beach offering ample car parking if you're coming from further afield.
A hidden gem, nestled just minutes away from Paignton Harbour, Fairy Cove is a quiet beach even in the height of summer, offering a sheltered and secluded base in which to enjoy peace, yet still within just a few minutes walk of the centre of Paignton. It's also a great base for snorkelling or scuba diving over the rocks, which makes this beach popular in the water during the summer months.
Getting here - Again, services to Paignton Bus Station are the most convenient way to get to Fairy Cove. There is some limited parking in the surrounding roads as well.
Hollicombe Beach, Torquay
Known as the beach which connects Torquay to Paignton, Hollicombe Beach is a nestled cove with a mix of sand and shingle underfoot. The perfect base for walks in the summer sun at sunset, Hollicombe Beach is accessed via a tunnel at the end of a landscaped park.
Getting here - Buses 3, 12, 118 and 122 stop just a few metres away from the park where Hollicombe Beach is accessed from. There is also limited parking just outside.
With easy access, this large sandy beach is often quiet when others can get busier, making it a great, safe choice for families. There are a handful of restaurants and cafés for a bite to eat, or why not take a picnic and enjoy sun, sea and sandwiches!
Getting here - Parking is available nearby, both in a car park and surrounding streets.