A beautiful sandy cove with sheltered waters, making it idyllic for families and those looking for the laid-back beach lifestyle. An array of water sports is on offer through Falmouth Surf School and Watersports, and the beach café is on hand with a selection of food and beverages to warm up or cool down after activities. This beach is rich with rockpools, making it ideal for little ones to explore the shallow waters and fascinating marine life. The popular Michael Caines restaurant, The Cove, is set just back from the beach making it a brilliant spot to wander up to for drinks on the terrace on a sun-soaked afternoon, or for a more fine-dining evening experience with panoramic views across Falmouth Bay.
Falmouth’s beaches are well loved and very popular, and all within easy walking distance of the town. Gyllyngvase Beach is the largest of them, lifeguarded and holds the prestigious status of being a Blue Flag beach. There are great facilities as well as a café and restaurant here. Castle Beach is at the other end of the seafront to Gyllyngvase, and often benefits from being quieter and ideal for snorkelling over rockpools, especially when the beach disappears completely at high tide. Swanpool beach is a sand and shingle cove, perched in front of a wonderful nature reserve which is home to over 100 different species of bird. Enjoy a famous ‘hedgehog ice cream’ at Swanpool beach café, or grab a sundowner at seafood restaurant Hooked on the Rocks. With three amazing beaches which all have excellent facilities, you’re spoilt for choice.
Helford beaches offer plenty of hidden treasures, with many being located off the beaten track, waiting for the keen adventurer to uncover them after a magical woodland walk. Many of these beaches benefit from being dog-friendly all year round, such as Porth Saxon and Bream Cove. As these beaches are mostly used by passers-by, they are the perfect place to venture to with an afternoon picnic and good book, and to enjoy the secluded tranquillity. Grebe beach can be found near the little picturesque village of Durgan. Like many of Helford’s beaches, access is via a steep path, but it’s well worth it for a sunset sundowner barbecue or refreshing swim in the clear, tranquil waters.