Praa Sands Beach

Praa Sands Beach

Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 - 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.

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.

Dog Friendly


  • Facilities
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Lifeguard cover (Spring/Summer)
  • Restaurant/Cafe


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking

Opening Times


MCS Good Beach Guide 2014


Praa Sands Beach
Penzance Cornwall TR18 3EL

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