Paignton Sands

Paignton Sands - Devon
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When picturing the archetypal day at the seaside, Paignton Sands would tick most people’s boxes. This long, sandy beach on the English Riviera in south-west Devon attracts thousands of visitors every year. Its calm, shallow waters are great for paddling, and you can hire a boat or a pedalo to get out into the water, or a deckchair to relax and watch the world go by.

At the heart of the beach is Paignton Pier. With its bouncy castle, giant slide, bumper cars and amusement arcade, there is lots to entertain youngsters. Numerous kiosks and cafes along the pier offer a tempting array of food.

Other attractions include donkey rides, a play park, and crazy golf. The beach is situated next to Paignton Green, a good place to kick a ball.

Time your visit right, and you might catch the annual boating regatta, carnival and funfair.

Paignton Sands is well-adapted for people with additional mobility needs. There is wheelchair access to the pier as well as toilets for people with disabilities.

Sadly for dogs (and their owners) there is a ban on the beach between May and September. However, they are welcome on the beach at other times of year, and have a dedicated area on the green.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1 May and 30 September

Devon dog friendly beaches »


  • Amusement arcade
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby
  • Deck chair hire
  • Picnic area
  • Pier

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SX 8940 6083


Pay parking available

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Paignton Sands Reviews


May 14th 2022

Firstly - PLEASE don’t let the first idiotic review put you off.  The beach isn’t dog friendly during the summer months but is from 1st Oct - 30th April. This is well advertised and available if you do a quick Google search! This helps maintain it excellent water cleanliness rating!!! Can’t believe the first review is only a 2/5 - the Geopark is maintained by volunteers who do a fantastic job. The waters are great for all - toddlers through to paddleboarders as usually, the water is quite calm and shallow.

Not dog friendly

Jul 19th 2021

Nowhere for dogs, no shade, grass in the park needs cutting. Dirty in the park.