Paignton is an important part of the three towns that make up Torbay, namely Paignton, Brixham and Torquay. This area of coastline is referred to as the "English Riviera". In the height of summer it is easy to see why. The outside cafe atmosphere of people sitting outdoors, the palm trees and warm weather and the beautiful blue sea and sandy beaches could create the illusion of being somewhere on the Mediterranean.
The beach in Paignton is sandy and safe and an ideal environment for family holidays. Paignton is traditionally a family resort. It has a pier, a lively town centre and the usual array of attractions that you would expect from a seaside resort. Help yourself to some of the fresh seafood that is available from the stalls.
The harbour is at the Southern end of Paignton Sands. From here you can watch the sea craft come in and out or book a trip on a fishing boat. Torbay has 20 beaches along 22 miles of coast and Paignton has several nearby such as Preston Sands, Goodrington Sands, Hollicombe Beach, Broadsands, Shoalstone Beach, Elberry Cove and also the Quaywest Beach Resort which is situated behind Goodrington Sands beach. This is Britain's only outdoor waterpark. The complex provides for excellent family entertainment, has its own railway station and a host of entertainment rides and leisure activities.
The big upside of Torbay, and having three towns all within a short distance of each other, is the beautiful countryside, the fantastic beaches and the knowledge that even if it rains you can always find something to do. Highly recommended.
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