Looe is a lovely, vibrant resort of two halves as it lines both sides of the river. East Looe Beach is a longstanding favourite with visitors. It sits in front of the old town and is sheltered by the famously odd named and shaped Banjo Pier, opposite which is the river and harbour.
Don’t swim beyond Banjo Pier as many fishing boats come in there and boat trips leave from there. You might fancy a trip to Looe Island wildlife sanctuary, just off Hannafore Point, maybe by glass-bottomed boat, to check out the local marine life.
The sandy (great for sandcastles) shallow family-friendly beach is clean, gently shelving, great for paddling and safe for swimming, with lots of pretty shells.
The next beach to the east is more of a secret. It tends to be uncrowded and is good for swimming and snorkelling, so is worth visiting. Down the metal steps takes you to this great rock pool beach, known by locals as the ‘second beach’. It is dog-friendly, too.
A plus point of the beach is being close to the town centre, with its facilities, toilets and cafes, so getting an ice cream has never been easier and clean fresh water is available for refill bottles; but the car parking is quick to fill, so you are recommended to arrive early in high season.
Useful to know: sand chairs for the disabled are available for hire. Please contact Looe Town Trust Seafront Workshops on 01503 263709