Beach with Cafe
You will find one of the north coast’s largest stretches of sand at low tide at Perranporth Beach. It is also very accessible, with parking and many facilities, such as shops and cafes, right next to the beach, so ideal for families with small children and all the beach kit needed for a day on the golden sands.
Luckily, because there is plenty of space, you are not hemmed in on this unending world-class beach which appeals to surfers, bodyboarders, swimmers, lovers of rock pools (at low tide) and builders of sandcastles. It is also usually lifeguarded during the summer.
If the tide is right out, you can walk to Ligger Point (about 2 miles) which juts out into the sea, with cliffs offering good views to Perran Sands. Make sure it is very low tide though, else you may end up trekking back through the beautiful sand dunes, which is fun, but much more arduous than the beach.
Early morning is a lovely time to be at Perranporth Beach, when the fresh ocean air is exhilarating, and you have the added bonus of few people around other than dog-walkers and horse-riders.
This picture-postcard Cornish beach is the place to feel the sand beneath your feet, and provides some superb sunsets, too. In winter, it still has wonderful walks with breathtaking views. Just keep an eye on that fast incoming tide.