Goodrington Sands

Goodrington Sands - Devon
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Part of the aptly named ‘English Riviera’, Goodrington Sands is a highly accessible and very popular beach near Paignton. The beach is divided into two sections: the quieter North beach and the more popular South Beach. For visitors bringing along dogs, it is important to note that from May until the end of September dogs are only allowed on the North Beach.

The soft, golden-red sand and shallow water make this Blue Flag awarded beach a well-visited destination, especially in the summer months. Each day the beach is raked for pebbles, stones and seaweed and in the summer lifeguards are on duty to patrol the water. This safe and clean environment makes Goodrington Sands especially popular with families.

Activity options at Goodrington Sands are almost endless. Visitors can choose from a variety of watersports, including pedalos for hire, paddle boats and windsurfing. The UK’s largest waterpark, Quaywest Waterpark, is also located virtually on the beach. Eight waterslides, a small splash pool and a swimming pool make Quaywest the perfect place to cool down. For those who aren’t seeking an adrenaline rush, Goodrington Sands also offers a beach restaurant and cafe as well as sun loungers, beach huts and deck chairs for hire.

At low tide, Goodrington Sands’ most popular activity becomes available: rock-pooling. Before you go, consider making a stop at the popular Seashore Centre first. Located within easy walking distance of the beach, at Goodrington Park, the centre is full of information on what kinds of animals are commonly found in the beach’s rock pools. Afterwards, go explore the pools for yourself!

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed all year on North Sands but banned on South Sands.

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  • Rock pooling


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Shop
  • Deck chair hire

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SX 8931 5934


Parking available.

Water quality

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Goodrington Sands Reviews

M. Hunter
Sep 09th 2021

Goodrington sands is a very run down area, and need a lot of investment. The Southern beach has sewer overflow discharging directly onto the beach in the middle of Goodrington while another discharges 500m upstream in the Goodrington Stream that then meets the sea towards the southern end of the beach.