Praa Sands (pronunced 'pray' not 'prah' by the way!) is one of those sandy beaches that seems to go on for miles. With a border of fluffy dunes behind it and the coastal path at either end this is an idyllic stretch of coastline and it's the type of beach with something for everyone.
The beach is found between Helston and Penzance and this sandy beach is a favourite spot with surfers as well as families and bathers. The shallow water makes it a child-friendly spot and its size makes it perfect for all kinds of activities.
The beach belongs to a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it's a particular favourite with migrant birds. Praa Sands has great surf, but beware of undercurrents and deep shelving at high tide.
There is a seasonal dog ban enforced between Easter and October, and a car park beside the beach – so it’s a convenient one to visit if you have small children. The beach is a mile long, and lifeguards man it throughout the year. The closest town to the beach is Helston, which is fairly quiet but has an interesting museum.