Praa Sands beach, Penzance, Cornwall
  • About

    Praa Sands, a mile long south-west facing stretch of sand, dunes and rock outcrops at either end. Very much a family beach with good clean water and swimming.

    For surfers the beach has a better swell than its more sheltered neighbours, best in the winter, but this is well known and you may have heavy competition for the waves on a good day.

    Apart from the surfing this is an excellent no-frills family beach with excellent beach and rock pools.

    Facilities include car parks, cafe/restaurant, shops, slipway, toilets, campsite and caravan park. Lifeguards present in summer on west end of beach and all year round on weekends and school holidays.

    Praa Sands Beach has dog restrictions. No dogs between Easter and October.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 11 beaches around Penzance, 204 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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  • Water Quality

    Bathing Water Quality

    Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
    • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
    • Good: generally good water quality
    • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
    • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
  • Weather

    7-day Weather Forecast

    Rain on Wednesday through Saturday, with temperatures peaking at 14°C on Thursday.

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    Tuesday, Nov 21st
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