Thursday 16 December 2021

The Best Family Friendly Beaches to Visit in Cornwall

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There is no denying that Cornwall is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. With its slower pace of life, heaps of tradition and history and of course some of the most beautiful beaches and clear sea it is no wonder it is a favourite holiday spot for so many. From young to old, couples and solo travellers to families and friends, there really is something for everyone in Cornwall. 

(St Agnes Beach - Cornwall)

But for me, what draws me back time and time again is probably the beaches! I love a good beach and the soft golden sand, clear blue waves and beautiful sunshine are the perfect relaxing combination for me. Whether its sandcastles and ice-creams, paddling or swimming, surfing or diving, Cornwall has a beach that is perfect for it all, so below I am sharing some of my favourite beaches to visit in Cornwall, don't forget to let me know your favourite Cornish beach in the comments below too!

Perranporth Beach  

With miles and miles of golden sand, dunes and blue water, Perranporth Beach is a picturesque beach that is perfect for a family trip to the seaside. Whilst this beach is a popular surfing beach it is also full of tiny pools and hidden rockpools perfect for little explorers. And for those who want to paddle but might not be confident enough to venture out into the sea (or are too little) then the tidal pool is perfect for a dip without the bumpy waves. 

Perranporth beach is also within easy walking distance to shops, cafes and a number of car parks for easy access to the beach, perfect if you have lots to carry for a day at the beach with the kids. 

Gyllyngvase Beach 

Gyllyngvase Beach in Cornwall is one of seven beaches in Cornwall to receive a Blue Flag Award 2020 and is located around 10 minutes from Falmouth town centre. This beach is perfect for families and is both wheelchair and pushchair accessible and there is even Gylly Beach Cafe if you want to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the sea views (or just bring a picnic). 

The beach itself has views towards the Roseland Peninsula and is overlooked by the famous Pendennis castle. What makes this beach so great is that you get a mix of both relaxing seaside and town centre so you can combine a paddle in the sea with a look around all of the great Cornish shops too and all within walking distance. 

Porthcurno Beach 

If you are looking for a beach that could appear on any picture perfect postcard then Porthcurno beach is for you. With its fine white sand, turquoise waters and picture perfect views it is easy to see why this beach has become so popular with families and people looking for the perfect beach pictures alike. It is about as far west as you can go (located near Lands End) but it is definitely worth the trek if you are looking to enjoy a little piece of tropical paradise right here in the UK. 

If you want to include a little history into your trip, the famous Minnack theatre also sits above Porthcurno beach, nestled into the cliff above it really is a must see piece of history. 

Carbis Bay Beach 

If you are looking for a seaside spot that is calm, relaxing and perfect for taking a dip in the water then Carbis Bay is perfect for you. This family friendly beach is known for its calm water that rarely has choppy water or large waves and so is great for younger children who want to take a dip. Surrounded by sub-tropical plants, tropical turquoise water and soft golden sand you could be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere else entirely. 

Carbis Bay is located just one mile from St Ives and can be accessed in around 3 minutes by train. Or you could take in some of the stunning views and walk part of the beautiful South West Coastal path and access the beach from St Ives that way too. 

Kyance Cove, Lizard Peninsula 

A National Trust site, Kyance Cove is located on the Lizard Peninsula and is one of the most famous beaches in Cornwall. A visit here definitely needs to be planned in advance because at high tide the beach almost disappears. With this is mind a trip to Kyance Cove isn't really once for those who want a relaxing day at the beach. However if you are looking for some stunning views, breath taking rock stacks and a picturesque walk then this is the place for you, just be sure to keep an eye on the tide times as you don't want to get caught out! 

The decent onto this beach is quite steep and does include some steps, there is however a slightly longer pushchair friendly way on so be sure to check which one you need to use before you start. 

Treyarnon Bay 

Set within a deep cove, Treyarnon Bay is perfect for families because even on windy, choppy days the cove here means the water stay relatively calm and the wind is kept at bay. Just north of the bay you can also find a large natural swimming pool which is perfect for those who want to swim but are a little too worried about swimming in the sea. Just be sure to check the tide times because at high tide this pool becomes full submerged! 

There is also plenty of sealife for any budding marine biologists to explore at Treyarnon Bay. From shrimps to crabs and plenty of other sea life too that lives among the many rockpools across the beach.  

Marazion Beach 

A popular beach for people who love water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing, Marazion beach is also perfect for families thanks to its shallow and calm waters. This long sandy beach can be accessed via a short walk along the dunes and is covered by lifeguards between July and September. The water is shallow for quite a distance making it perfect for children and families to have a splash around and paddle without the water being too deep. There are also plenty of rock pools to explore as well as a well equipped park situated nearby too. 

Marazion beach is also located near to St Michaels Mount and at low tide you can even walk across the granite causeway to get across and explore (of course you can always take a boat over too if you don't fancy the walk!). 

(Penzance - Cornwall)

Now I don't know about you but all this talk of beaches is making me wanting to be sat on one right now! Have you ever been to Cornwall? If so what are your favourite beaches to visit? Let me know in the comments below. 


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