Nestled between lovely Looe and picturesque Polperro is Talland Bay, an out of the way cove that is home to two small but perfectly-formed beaches.
The western beach (Talland Sand) has sand even at high tide, with lots of rock pools containing shrimps and crabs at low tide. The sea here is shallow, sheltered and crystal clear, so an amazing family spot for paddling and swimming, while the incredible rock-pools are teeming with marine life. Beach shoes may be useful as some people have reported lots of sea weed which can be a little slippery on the rocks.
A quiet bay, it is perfect for kayaking and gentle strolling. Looking down on the bay from the coast path rewards you with fabulous views. If you enjoy a walk, head off from Looe on the coast path.
Facilities are close by, including limited car parking and one of the best beach cafes in Cornwall, so this is a great space for families, and is accessible for disabled people.
The eastern beach (Rotterdam) is smaller and less sandy, but is better for swimming at high tide.
Between the two beaches there is a large expanse of rocky shoreline, fabulous for fishing and rock pooling. At low tide, remains of a boiler from the wreck of the French trawler ‘Marguerite’ that ran aground in 1922, can be seen in the rocks, if you enjoy exploring.
Do note that the roads are narrow and single-track to reach the beach, so you need to travel at Cornish speeds, and be prepared to get there ‘dreckly’ rather than in a hurry.