Beach of the Month

Per­fect Praa Sands

Cornwall Life - - INSIDE -

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.

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