Beaches

You’re spoiled for choice of beaches in this little corner of the world. From sandy beaches to rocky coves.

Some of our favourites

  • Tiny coves hidden on the Helford include Pentreath, Porthallow, Godrevy Cove and Porthoustock (all of them dog-friendly year round)
  • Coverack beach is stunning when the tide is out. It’s particularly good for rock pools and snorkelling. A great place to sit on the harbour wall in the evening and enjoy some fish and chips from The Lifeboat House washed down with a pint from The Paris pub.
  • Cadgwith Cove is a great beach for kayaking with Lizard Adventure then enjoy a refreshing G&T (or beverage of your choice) at The Cadgwith Cove Inn. The Shanty Singers often perform at the pub on a Friday too. You can also buy fresh fish and crab at Cadgwith. Delicious!.
  • Kennack Sands is a fantastic family beach with two cafes to choose from. There’s a lifeguard on duty here during the season, you can have surfing lessons and it’s safe for body boarding. You might be lucky enough to spot a Basking Shark in the waters later on in the year too.
  • Church Cove and Poldhu are also nearby and a great choice for families.
  • Kynance Cove with its turquoise waters and golden sands is a firm favourite. It does get very crowded during the school holidays so early morning or at the evening sunset is the best time to avoid the crowds.
  • A little further away you’ll find Prussia Cove, Perranuthnoe (a good beach for surfing) and Marazion where you can walk across the causeway to St Michael’s Mount when the tide is out. All worth a venture and you can finish your day trip with a visit to Mousehole and grab a bite to eat in the Rockpool Café. It has amazing views of Mounts Bay.
  • Praa Sands is another favourite. The large golden sandy beach is on the south coast between Helston and Penzance. It’s great for families, has a seasonal lifeguard and a shop right on the beachfront. Surfers also love it here, so you might see some spectacular waves. Dogs are allowed on the beach for most of the year – but not during July and August.
Kennack Sands