It’s the beach everyone raves about and billed as a great place for surfing, snorkelling, sailing and generally splashing around. So what’s the attraction? Well, the miles of really golden sand are probably a good start, plus the huge surf, the sand dunes etc. etc. Yes, it’s a pretty impressive place. Starting from the village, it’s easily accessible which is ideal if you’ve got young ones in tow and you could just plonk yourself on the sand close to the village, put down your beach towels and relax. There’s a selection of cafe’s and bars close by, serving snacks and drinks throughout the main holiday seasons. If the tide’s right out, do the place justice and have a walk up the beach to Ligger Point, just a 2 mile jaunt away.
Because the beach is so huge, it almost feels as if you have the place to yourself and the fresh air off the ocean is exhilarating. Early morning you’ll probably see a few horses and their riders having a paddle in the surf and there’s a welcome cafe for a coffee stop halfway along. You can make the return journey (or if the tide’s in) over the extensive sand dunes which are teeming with wildlife, taking pictures of butterflies and lizards.
The main beach at Perranporth has lifeguard cover from Easter till the end of October. Additional lifeguards are on duty further north on Perran Sands from 15th May until 26th September (2021)
Please note: Dogs are currently allowed on Perranporth beach all year around. During July and August, they are however required to be on a lead between 10am and 5pm on the main beach area, but there are still the sand dunes and the remainder of the beach after flat rocks where they can be left off their leads.
Sand chairs are available from Perranporth Gardens. Telephone: 07881 521730
Sand chairs are provided by Cornwall Mobility in partnership with Disability Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.