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.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding 

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

Kite Surfing 

The ultimate speed thrill on water. Kite surfing on Mounts Bay from Marazion beach is as spectacular to watch as it is to enjoy. Lessons available from Ocean High Boarding on 07801 438320

Sea fishing 

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. Deep sea and mackerel fishing trips also run from Penzance..

Sailing Mounts Bay Sailing Club

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.


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.

Sea Safari’s 

Get afloat by sail or under power from Penzance to explore Mounts Bay and seek out dolphins, basking sharks, sun fish, seals, gannets, skuas, shearwaters and other amazing coastal wildlife on a marine safari with Marine Discovery Penzance.

Gig Rowing

Marazion Ladies senior team are the current world champion Gig rowing team. Come and watch them train – or get in touch to try your hand at rowing. 

Coastal Wild Food Foraging 

Fish aren’t the only thing edible in the sea. Join a coastal foraging safari and discover edible seaweeds, plants and other goodies right beside the beach with Fat Hen Wild Food Foraging

 Beach Horse Riding

Have you ever dreamt of riding a horse on a wide sandy beach, cantering through shallow water kicking up the spray and tasting the salt on your lips? – Well you can – Contact Tremenheere Riding Stables at


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 (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.

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Beaches East of Marazion

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove




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.

Prussia Cove  

4 miles: Small romantic rocky cove with sandy beach at low tide.

Praa Sands 

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.

Kynance Cove 

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

Sennen Cove

Sennen Cove




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.

Sennen Cove  

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

St Ives 

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.

Carbis Bay 

7 miles north. A stunning  beach with safe bathing and convenient for meal or sauna at Carbis Bay Hotel.

A beautiful St Ives sunset

A beautiful St Ives sunset