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This ‘pink’ beach in the UK has been named one of the best in the world

One beach in Devon ranked amongst other peachy beaches in France, Italy and Barbados

Written by
Henrietta Taylor

Barbie fan who needs a beach break? Well, look no further. A sandy coastal spot in Devon has been named the prettiest pink beach in the UK and the second prettiest pink beach in the world. Yep, in the entire world! 

The beach in question is in Paignton, which is near Torquay on the English Riviera. The beach’s terracotta-pink tinge comes courtesy of oxidised iron minerals in the sand. And while you might say it’s rather more brown or red than Barbie-esque bright pink, we’ll take it. 

The study was from, who ranked pink beaches around the world based on the number of times they’ve been tagged on Instagram. And Paignton was in esteemed company: also in the top ten were other world-famous peachy stretches of sand, from Camargue in France and Spiaggia Rosa in Italy to Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda. 

Here are the full top ten pink beaches in the world, according to 

  1. Camargue, Aigues Mortes, France
  2. Paignton, Devon, UK
  3. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
  4. Elafonissi, Crete, Greece
  5. Balos Lagoon, Crete, Greece
  6. Pink Sands, Harbour Island, Bahamas
  7. Pfeiffer, California, USA
  8. Crane Beach, Barbados
  9. Cala Pregonda, Menorca, Spain
  10. Spiaggia Rosa, Isola Budelli, Italy

Even if you’re not such a fan of the pink(ish) sand, Paignton Beach has plenty more to offer. The seaside town includes a pier stuffed with classic seaside amusements like dodgems, crazy golf and trampolines, and even offers donkey rides along the shore. It’s also only a pebble’s throw away from other seaside spots Preston Sands and Hollingcombe Beach.

Now check out our own list of the best beaches in the UK, from sandy bays to sun traps

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