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An introduction to the stellar beaches of Cornwall

Posted 19 June 2014 by

South Cornwall has long been one of the most popular holiday destinations, with its outstanding natural landscapes and rich tradition just one of the reasons why millions flock to the Duchy year after year. Of course, one of the biggest draws are the region’s coastlines, with the stunning sands offering an unrivalled place to catch a tan.

Here’s a great guide to some of the best beaches in the region, all of which could serve as a complete paradise during your cottage holidays in Cornwall.

Duporth Beach

Meaning ‘Two Cove’ in Cornish, Duporth offers great shelter from the elements and fantastic sunbathing opportunities. As it’s a private beach, there is no safety equipment or lifeguard services, although this won’t really be an issue if you plan to spend the day tanning. If you do fancy a dip in the water, it does offer relatively safe swimming and bodyboarding can also be enjoyed when sufficient waves allow.

Pendower Beach - Portscatho

Over 1km long and forming a major part of Gerrans Bay, Carne head offers the sense of peace and tranquillity everyone expects from a trip to the beach. While many recognise them as two beaches, it is in fact a single beach divided by flat rocky area. While there is plenty of parking available, it is recommended for sun worshippers to arrive nice and early so you can capitalise on the best spot. Something to be wary of is that there are no lifeguard services, and while the whole stretch offers safe swimming in favourable conditions, it’s always best to enter the water with a rising tide.

Black Head

While there is little or no sand to enjoy during high tide at this wonderfully secluded beach, those visiting at low tide can enjoy a trip to the coast in complete solitude. The good aspect of Black Head is that it isn’t a surfing beach, meaning it’s the place to head for those who are determined on improving their tan. If you are staying in one of theCornwall cottages which are pet friendly, this is a great place to head for a walk. While it may not have the facilities of places such as Newquay or Perranporth, its beauty alone means the cove is well worth a visit.

Gorran Haven Beach

Offering an authentic Cornish beach experience, Gorran Haven is pleasant sandy beach just in front of the village and is an unrivalled place to head for families in the region. While it doesn’t offer much in terms of lifeguard cover, its shelter from the elements and close proximity to the village means that visitors shouldn’t think twice about jumping into the crystal blue waters. Another reason to visit Gorran Haven Beach is that it offers a real insight into the region’s history, with the stone harbour and moored up fishing boats serving as a timely reminder of the areas former reliance of the fishing industry.

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