The coastal village of Praa Sands is located half way between the towns of Penzance and Helston in West Cornwall.  The beach lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has shallow waters & seasonal lifeguards, making Praa Sands an extremely popular beach during the summer. The beach is easy to access from car parks close by and there’s a gentle slipway. Watch out for the clampers….they have no mercy. This is also a popular surf beach with a busy surf shack that hires out sitons wet suits etc.

How to get there:

A30 towards Penzance, Cornwall. Go through small village called Crowlas and at the next roundabout turn left towards Helston. Go on for about 5 miles turning right when signposted towards Praa Sands.


Toilets, pub, surf shop, chip shop parking.


Seals are inquisitive but not dangerous. basking sharks can be around but are protects by law so no closer than 100 metres to them is allowed. the swell can hide and reveal rocks that have sunk ships…proceed with a certain amount of caution if anything other than calm seas.

Ins and Outs:

Praa have an slip way on to the beach and to tghe sea.. plenty of places to explore with more beaches in secluded cove both left and right of Praa. Pixie cove approx half mile right is a secluded rocky cove still used for fishing.


check tide and weather reports and leave a schedule of your proposed journey should you wish to travel any real distance.


1 mile golden beach. to the left is Rinsey head, steep granite cliffs peppered with caves, crystal clear water and secluded beaches, to the right rocky outcrops with inlets to explore. seals are regul


Praa Sands