Praa Sands Beach

Praa Sands Beach, Penzance, Cornwall
Praa Sands Beach
TR18 3EL
MCS Good Beach Guide 2014
Dog Friendly
Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015 - excellent water quality

 When you take the short walk from the car park to Praa Sands you’ll be struck by how white the sand is, blinding so in the sunshine. Apparently, and here’s the science, the light sand is made from seashells that have been pulverised by wave action over millions of years. Located in the south west-facing bend between the Lizard and west Penwith, the mile-long sandy beach is backed with sheltering sand dunes and its easily accessible position is enjoyed by families having fun in the shallows while further out the surf brigade take on some surprisingly big waves. 

A wonderful destination if you have hoards of kids to entertain, they’ll love the beach which is great for sand castles, the shoreline is great for splashing about in and you won’t have to drag miles from the car park. Also it’s a pretty good stop off point just for a coffee where you can sit back and soak up the fun seaside vibe.


The Beachcomber beach cafe offers a range of drinks and snacks throughout the main holiday seasons.


Lifeguard cover during weekends in April. Full lifeguard cover from 5th of May to 30th of September. Weeekend lifeguard cover in October and during the week of the 20th-28th of October (2018).

Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September (07:00am - 07:00pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place (2018).

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