Praa Sands

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover May 4 - September 29, April weekends, October weekends and half term Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: winter

The weekend scene at Praa Sands was one of families and dog walkers enjoying the long beach, as the tide reached its lowest ebb. The odd surfer mingled with the marine wildlife and the sky was full of heavy clouds.  There was an atmospheric feel to the day, a settling ambiance, ideal for introspection and a sense of perspective, as alluded to by interviewee Gordon.

 Winter season photo gallery


Family times at the beach.

Boutique Retreats


Brenda’s enjoyment of this natural space.


A view of the beach at Praa Sands from above.

Season: autumn

A big beach with a big reputation, both for surfers and visitors alike.  This beach faces South West from the Lizard peninsula.  It’s spectacular by any standards and has toilets, beach cafes and  shops.  Benefitting from its proximity to the South West coast path to Prussia Cove and beyond, Praa Sands is a great visitor experience.  It even has a short links golf course in the dunes behind the beach.


Chat with Roy at the Beachcomber Cafe on Praa Sands.


Chat with Eric and Anna at their motorhome, parked above Praa Sands.


Down on the waterline at Praa Sands.


My first view of Praa Sands, from the Beachcomber Cafe.

Season: winter

Praa Sands was sharpening itself up for the visitor season on my re-visit, during the February half term school holiday.  Along with Kennack Sands, this is the preferred choice for surfers when North coast conditions are unfavourable, since it can also catch the long North Atlantic swell.  Access to the beach is excellent, with parking, a beach cafe, restaurants and shops all easily available.  I went to the end of the beach, to enjoy the geology and rock pools.


An ebb tide, at Praa Sands in Cornwall.

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