Looking out across the Carrick Roads towards St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula, Loe Beach is a popular spot to launch kayaks, paddleboards, dinghies and other small craft, which can be hired from Loe Beach Watersports — they run lessons too as well as a kids’ clubs. It’s also a great spot for fishing from the rocks. The pretty beach cafe at the foot of the cliffs serves a range of locally-sourced food and home-cooked food, including homemade cakes, Callestick ice cream and Cornish coffee.
Roseland Peninsula beaches
The National Trust-owed beach of Porthcurnick is a good choice if you’re with children — the rockpools are brilliant for foraging, plus it’s dog-friendly all year round. The secluded, sandy beach of Pendower is backed by dunes and is good for watersports, from canoeing to snorkeling. It’s also on The Cornish Way from Land’s End to Bude, so the beach makes a good stop off for those passing by on two wheels. Towan is a pretty crescent-shaped sand and shingle beach, fringed by grass covered dunes and is fantastic at low tide when the rockpools are revealed. Carne is one part of a massive beach on the Roseland Peninsula — at low tide, this beach links with Pendower to form a mile-long stretch of white sand fringed by turquoise seas. Portscatho is a predominantly rocky beach with sandy patches. At low tide, you can walk to the neighbouring beach of Porthcurnick.
North coast beaches
The rugged north coast is classic Cornwall, a dramatic coastline sprinkled with long sandy beaches and year-round surf, attracting bucket-and-spade families, surfers, wild swimmers and everyone in between. Gwithian’s rolling waves and golden sands are a watersports lover’s paradise, a three-mile stretch of golden sand from Ives Bay to the Hayle Estuary. Porthtowan beach a little further north has Blue Flag status so is great for children, whilst the beaches around Newquay — Fistral and Watergate Bay in particular — have some of the best surf in the country.