The beaches in Cornwall come in all shapes and sizes and with varying facilities and popularity.
Dogs are allowed on most beaches but check the signs between Easter and September.
Our favourite stretch of sand is Whitsand bay and here you can find many different coves and beaches to suit your preference.
The beach is the furthest west on the Whitsand stretch. The wonderful Gook café over looks the bay providing quality coffee and cakes aswell as lunch. Toilets are also available here. The beach itself is faily small and sandy and great for kids to have a paddle around in the water or rock pools. The beach is a short walk from the carpark and café.
A darling amongst the locals for bbq’s and fun. Although there are no facilities here the beach is spread out and sandy. There is quite a long walk down to this beach, not easy for small children. The fort is part of MOD property so occasionally this path is closed as it passes through their artillery range. Don’t worry though the gate will be Iocked and a red flag flying when firing is in practice!
Our personal favourite with quite a walk down to the beach but boy is it worth it. The view on the way down is spectacular and even more so when you get to the bottom. The beach is picturesque and quiet. There is opportunity for surfing, rock pooling and games playing. During the summer months there is a café (eddystone café) open to the public which also has a toilet.
Treganhawke is also a magnificent beach to amble along with its sporadic rock formations reaching out to sea.
Kingsand beach is pebbly with a mix of sand and shingle, sand mainly at low tide. Safe bathing. Great rockpools for the kids to explore and five pubs for the parents to explore (not necessarily recommended while the kids are rockpooling, though). The views are pretty stunning and you can watch the ships come up Plymouth Sound. Relaxing atmosphere and dogs are allowed all year.
Cawsand is much sandier and there’s a slipway to the beach, making it a popular spot for sailing. During the Summer, you can also grab the Cawsand Ferry to Plymouth Barbican, every hour and a half. A short walk out of the village towards Fort Picklecombe will take you to a good swimming beach known locally as Sandways.
Downderry beach is a coarser sand and not good for sandcastles however it does have excellent rock pools and toilet facilities, shop and of course the pub 'The Inn on the Shore'. The area immediately in front of the pub is busy but if you turn Ieft as you face the sea and walk along it gets much quieter.
Seaton the village next to Downderry has the only beach which is suitable for wheelchairs. It is sandy and the shop opposite sells Cornish ice-cream. Surfing is possible if wind is easterly.
Best surfing beaches are to be found on the west coast especially Newquay, Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay.
These are just a few of our closest beaches, there are many more for you to discover and enjoy.