Beach of the Month
Perfect Praa Sands
Although given a Penzance address, this long stretch of white sands and lazily lapping sea is a surprisingly quiet spot far from the madding crowd that flocks to one of Cornwall’s favourite seaside towns.
This is without doubt one of the best beaches in Cornwall. It’s a south-west facing mile-long stretch of golden sand which is happily sheltered by sloping dunes (where there is ample parking).
It gets the seal of approval from those in the know – local schools use this spot for surfing and lifesaving lessons – but there’s still plenty of room for families or those who like to walk barefoot along the gentle lapping sand.
The white sand offers plenty of space to pitch up for a day’s family fun of splashing, sandcastle building and soaking up some sun. The sea is perfect for swimming or perfecting your body boarding or balancing on your surf board in its gentle waves. Lifeguard cover lasts to the end of September and returns for the October half term. Dogs are welcome from 1 October.
To finish off your perfect day, the Beachcomber beach café offers a range of drinks and snacks throughout the main holiday season. There’s in door and out door seating to get the most of that stunning crescent of sand.
Off the beaten track, you can also reach the little known Kenneggy Sands Beach at low tide from Praa Sands or via a clifftop path and chained ladders.