Update: 14th June 2020
- Toilets are now located in the centre of the green at a cost of 30p
You can’t beat a pint at the Boathouse while watching the world go by. This beach is very popular and always busy with both tourists and locals kicking back and enjoying the sun. If you do sunbath on the beach just beware the tide comes right in completely covering the beach. If the weather is a even little choppy and an easterly wind then you may get wet walking the promenade.
For some reason the toilets at either end have been locked up and closed. Now there are five 30p pay to use unisex toilets in the centre of the green. They have drastically reduced the capacity doing this as now only 5 people are able to use at any one time creating sometimes long queues and many people breaking their necks for a wee.
Preston Sands is renowned for its many painted beach huts and is one of Torbay’s most popular beaches and a local favourite. It has a green that runs the length of the beach which is ideal for kicking a ball, throwing frisbees or just chilling and lazing in the sun. There is a small playpark in the center of the green to help keep the youngsters amused.
- The South West Coast Path runs past the beach.
- Blue Flag.
- Good Beach Guide.
- Seaside Award.
In 1920 two German E Boats captured in WWI were being towed to Teignmouth for scrapping. Unfortunately a storm came in and one boat the T-189 slammed into the rocks at Roundham Head and the S-24 ran aground on Preston Beach. It was later recovered and taken away.
- Rock Pooling, At low tide interesting rock pools are exposed at the northern end of the beach.
- Paignton Sands
Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton Devon TQ3 2NU. Free parking can be a bit tricky nearby as there’s limited on-street parking.
- Toilets are at either end of the green.
- There are No lifeguards.
Potential tidal cut-off, strong winds.
- eware the tide comes right in completely covering the beach.
- At low tide interesting rock pools are exposed at the northern end of the beach.
- No dogs allowed 1st May until 30th September.
Beach type: Sand.
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