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Praa Sands

February 2, 2015 No Comments

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The white sands of Praa Sands are popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Located in the sheltered bay between Penzance and the Lizard, Praa Sands is another glistening white beach. Sand dunes back the beach and there is even a crazy golf course on them.

In the summer it is a tale of two beaches: at the east end of the beach you’ll find a quiet place to stretch out and sun bathe in peace; to the east you’ll find shops, cafés and public toilets. The Sand Bar is a Praa Sands hotspot and is a great little stop off for a coffee where you can sit back and soak up the view and fun seaside vibes.

This is a great beach for the kids. If you’ve got a toddler, or a teenager, there’s plenty of entertainment. A small stream running across the sand makes a safe paddling pool while, on the right day, there can be some surprisingly large surf, all watched over by lifeguards during the summer. There is also plenty of space to fly kites, play football or run around and the beach also offers sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, slipways and surfboad hire.

The rocks to the west of the beach hold more than a few local secrets: it’s a fantastic area for coastal exploration. Don a wetsuit and put something on your feet that you don’t mind getting wet, and scramble over the rocks to find some safe areas to jump into the sea, or some hidden coves and caves.

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For the more adventurous there is the hidden Kenneggy Sands Beach. To get there you have to take a short walk west along the coastal path and climb a chained ladder down to the beach itself – this is not one for those unsteady on their feet. The beach is sandy and dog friendly, but the incoming tide can cut you off, if you are not careful.