11 reasons to visit the beach in winter

February 11, 2016 by becca.lazar 1 Comment

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In winter the beach becomes a completely different environment. It becomes a great empty playground for those who enjoy cool winds and long walks. You may not be up for a swim but many of the joys of the coast are even better over the winter months, due to the lack of crowds. There are loads of reasons the winter beach is the best beach: these are just the first ones that came to mind here at Cornish Holiday Cottages..

1. The heavy winter surf
There’s nothing like the fearsome roll of the waves in the winter months. The giant swells of Porthleven during stormy weather are one of nature’s greatest spectacles, safe from a vantage point high up on the beach you can see the waves crashing over the pier and sea wall.. It’s a simply stunning experience.

2. The beach is deserted
The beach in winter means no fighting for a good spot on the sand, no sunglasses, no sunburn…it’s a completely different experience. And the best part? More often than not you have a whole stretch of beach to yourselves, so your children can run wild and you can see where they are from any vantage point.

3. Go shell collecting.
When the beach is deserted of people and the waves have been pulling up shells from the the depths of the shoreline, there’s a huge variety of new shells and sea debris to discover. Children will come back with vast swathes of potential artefacts for beachy art projects.

4. The perfect photo opportunity
You can take some amazing photos of the family. It will be less crowded and easier to take some really nice landscape shots. Kids and dogs have space to be themselves and the fact that you are one of the few people on the beach will mean that your photos are not full of sunbathers turning lobster red.

5. Drink a hot chocolate
Sitting outside a beach cafe, your hands curled around the warmth of a cream topped hot chocolate is one of the simple pleasures in life. After a windswept coastal walk.

6. Enjoy the view, eating fish and chips
Just like the warming sensation of a hot chocolate, steaming hot fish and chips are best enjoyed perched on the sand dunes, accompanied by the roar of the ocean. If it’s too cold, they’re just as great munched down inside the car, still watching the beach.

7. Beachcombing
Everything natural on the beach tells a story – so this is a great way to entertain children on a winter weekend, helping them to uncover the secrets of these botanical playgrounds, and understand more about our island’s marine heritage.

8. Getting windswept
The wind is perfect for blowing the cobwebs away after a luxurious lunch. But it’s also great for kite flying. Inevitably though, someone is bound to get wet if they get too near the surf, so bring a spare pair of clothes.

8. Birdwatching
The lack of humans also attracts types of wildlife that rarely risk the crowded beaches of summer. So maybe bring the binoculars.

10. A winter picnic
Wrap up warm, bring a flask of hot chocolate and maybe a portable BBQ to have an unseasonable hot dog. Remember to pack a blanket with a waterproof backing though.

11. Let the dog run free
A lot of beaches don’t allow dogs on them during the summer months, so winter is their time to roam free. Your dog will love running up and down the vast expanses of sand, darting in and out of the surf. It’s play time.

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