Mexico Towans Beach
Mexico Towans forms part of a glorious three miles of sand that starts from the mouth of the Hayle estuary and reaches out towards the lighthouse at Godrevy Point.
Situated between Hayle Towans and Gwithian Towans, the beach is backed by magnificent sand dunes, known as 'towans', that also feature a number of large holiday parks. The main source of access is along Sandy Acres Lane which leads through the towans to a car park where there is also a café.
Surfing, swimming and walking along the beach are popular, but avoid swimming in or near the Hayle Estuary to the south, where there are dangerous currents.
Lifeguards are on duty here from 14th May to the 25th September as well as on neighbouring beaches. (2022)
Dogs are allowed all year round on the central stretch of the beach, but there are restrictions at the southern end near the Hayle estuary and towards Gwithian to the north.
There’s plenty of room to spread out here, but the waves get smaller the closer you get to the Hayle Estuary.
Did you know?
Mexico Towans are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), meaning the area is nationally important for wildlife. These large areas of sand dunes are made from wind blown, lime-rich shell sand. This landscape allows about 300 different plants to occur, making up a fifth of all the plant species found in Cornwall, but growing on only 2% of the land area!
Depending on the time of the year, you may see cowslips, yellow bird’s-foot trefoil, pyramidal orchids, purple bugloss, lady’s bedstraw, kidney vetch, carline thistle and prickly saltwort, plus the more common ragwort and marram grass.
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