Marazion and Long Rock
Together Marazion and Long Rock form the coastline spanning from St Michael’s Mount all the way to Penzance, a stretch of about three miles. When the tide recedes, the shallow waters are perfect for paddling; when the wind picks up, it becomes a popular spot for kitesurfers — head into the cafe above the beach to watch them perform tricks out at sea. There’s kitesurfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and yoga on offer at the brilliant Hoxton Special cafe. Lifeguards keep watch from mid-July to early September and dogs are allowed on the beach all year except July and August (10am-6pm).
This large sandy beach in disappears completely at high tide. It’s a popular spot with locals as it manages to stay under the radar, but has some great surf in the right conditions. It’s close to the unspoilt village of Perranuthnoe, which has lots of places to eat, and you also get excellent views of St Michael’s Mount from the beach. Perched just above the sea is The Cabin Beach Cafe, an amazing little gem of a cafe, which is open all year round and serves up lots of tasty food, from delicious brunches to cream teas.
Praa Sands is a brilliant family-friendly beach with amazing waves, pristine white sands and plenty of facilities, such as the Boatshed Activity Centre, which provides various watersports, including coasteering, kayaking, surfing, and paddleboarding, and Global Boarders, which offers surf lessons and board hire. Access is easy thanks to the the large carpark just off the beach, and there are several good places to eat, too. Lifeguard services are provided from May to September, and dogs are welcome on the beach from September through June.