Cornwall boasts some of the most spectacular and cleanest beaches in England. No matter your age, a visit to the beach is a must for your Cornish holiday. Whether it’s for a cautious paddle or adventurous dip, for rock-pooling or making sandcastles, perhaps sitting back on a deck chair with a cuppa or enjoying the waves kite-boarding, Marazion beach has lots to occupy you. Relax with the stunning view as the ever changing tides lap the magical Island of St Michael’s Mount whilst sail boats and fishermen pass by.
These are just a few of the activities you can enjoy at Marazion and at other favourite beaches nearby.
A relatively new pastime SUP is great fun and a great way of getting on the water. The SUP school will teach you how to balance and escort you across the bay, even around St Michael’s Mount. Great for balance and even yoga afloat too! Call Lawrence at Ocean High Boarding on 07801 438320 www.oceanhigh.co.uk
Beach fishing from Marazion can be surprisingly productive with bass, plaice and mackerel caught from various marks. Lugworm bait can be dug at low tide and then the tide fished in. Bring your own kit – or contact Fish & Forage to improve your skills. www.fishandforage.co.uk Deep sea and mackerel fishing trips also run from Penzance.. www.cornwallboattrips.co.uk/boat-trips-penzance-cornwall/content/fishing-trips
Sail from Marazion beach in a variety of dinghy’s including Mirror, Laser, RS200, Lark, Osprey and Wayfarer. Racing is on Tuesday, Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. Visiting novice or experienced sailors are welcome to enjoy the organised taster sessions run by the club – or just ask someone with their boat by the water – they may be happy to take you for a sail. www.mbsc.org.uk
RNLI Lifeguards patrol the safe sandy beach bathing area in front of the Mount, providing shallow sheltered waters to enjoy as an adult or as a child. If you are more experienced there are organised events where you can swim around the Mount or across the bay to Penzance.
An exciting new activity involving supervised climbing, scrambling over rocks, jumping from sea cliffs, exploring caves and sea swimming not for the faint hearted. Wet suits, hard helmets and life jackets provided. CAT Coastal Adventure Training 01736 351317 www.coastaladventuretraining.co.uk (Also offer sea kayaking courses)
Wide expanse of golden sand at low tide, plus rock pools and unbeatable views. Lots to enjoy and do, including simply watching kite surfers, gig rowing, dinghy sailing races. Gently sloping beach ideal for bathing and access to causeway to St Michael’s Mount.
50 of Cornwall's most dog friendly beaches:
Beaches East of Marazion
1.5 miles east. Sandy beach at low tide with lots of rock pools. Safe for children and good for surfing in right conditions. Nice for a coastal walk from Marazion.
4 miles: Small romantic rocky cove with sandy beach at low tide.
5 miles east. A great sandy beach surrounded by cliffs, gently sloping and ideal for bathing. Good surf with a surf school near the beach.
8 mile east: Quiet beach accessible at low tide down steep coastal path passing by ruined tin mining engine houses.
10 miles east; Harbour village with small sandy beach, and long shingle beach at Loe Bar. Beautiful place to watch the sea but NOT safe for swimming even on a calm day due to fierce undertow and dangerous currents.
22 miles east. Close to Lizard Point at the far eastern end of Mounts Bay, this beach is simply stunning. It offers exceptional coastal scenery and crystal clear turquoise green water. Low tide exposes gorgeous sand and sea caves with rock pools abounding in marine life. A most beautiful place to enjoy the sea and scenery – but watch out for tricky cross currents around the rocks at low tide. Scrummy National Trust café in valley at Kynance beach too.
Beaches West of Marazion
4 miles west. The quaint harbour at Mousehole offers two lovely sandy beaches where you can sit and enjoy an ice cream or cuppa as the boats come and go or bob gently at their moorings. The harbour provides a suntrap with shelter available from most wind directions. Quaint fishermans cottages, traditional boats and lots of great places to eat and great galleries too.
8 miles west. One of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches surrounded by granite cliffs and smaller coves at low tide. Gorgeous sandy beaches and turquoise sea with the fantastic Minack Theatre perched on the cliff top above. Beach shelves steeply so care is required when bathing. Far end of beach under Logan Rock is used by naturists.
12 miles west. Stunning sweep of sand ½ mile from Land's End with dunes behind. Excellent beachside restaurant. Very popular with all levels of surfers and kite surfers. Surf school on beach. Lovely for children and adults to enjoy.
Beaches North of Marazion
8 miles north: Stunning quaint seaside town with 4 gorgeous beaches including the harbour at low tide. Porthminster and Porthmeyor beaches each boast excellent restaurants (The Porthminster Café and Porthmeyor Tapas Restaurant) as well as beautiful soft sand, crystal clear seas and usually some good surf. You can choose where to locate according to the wind direction for maximum warmth or for maximum waves.
Hayle and Gwithian
Hayle Beach offers 3 miles of flat golden sands and safe bathing along its length, except at the mouth to the Hayle river where there are stong currents. On the east of the river is Gwithian and Godrevey lighthouse. Great for surfing with board hire and RNLI lifeguards on standby. Also good for spotting seals around the lighthouse bluff.
7 miles north. A stunning beach with safe bathing and convenient for meal or sauna at Carbis Bay Hotel.