Falmouth on Cornwalls south coast often gets overlooked as a beach holiday destination. Newquay, Bude and St Ives on the north coast get the crowds. But the beaches around falmouth are no less impressive. Expect fine, golden sands, dramatic cliffs and rocky headlands, and a calm blue sea to swim in. The beaches here are glorious and a ripe reward for UK holidaymakers venturing this far into Cornwall.
Soak up the Sun at Swanpool Beach
Swanpool beach is excellent for water sports and activities such as kayaking, SUP boarding, dinghy sailing and windsurfing. The beachs action packed adventures are a contrast to the serene Swanpool Lake Nature Reserve which boasts many species of freshwater plants and birdlife including swans, grebe ducks, kingfishers and other water fowls. Swanpool Beach has a café tor meals and snacks for visitors staying here. Elemental UK water sports centre is also located on Swanpool Beach and runs educational programmes. This centre is popular for everyone who is interested in learning how to kayak, sail and paddle a canoe. Sessions are also offered for coasteering and raft-building. Swanpool is located just 20 minutes by foot from the centre of Falmouth and has its own parking area for visitors.
Hit the Water at Maenporth Beach
Maenporth Beach is beautiful sandy cove that is popular with sunbathers, swimmers, sport anglers, rock poolers and kayakers. Its only two miles from the Falmouth town centre, so its also popular with local residents. The sandy beach is ideal for a romantic walk. Maenporth is also a good spot for scuba diving, kayaking, and sailing. There is also a fantastic restaurant and cafe at the beach for lunchtime snacks and evening meals. There is also car parking parking facilities.
Take a Break at Gyllyngvase Beach
This beach is one of the closest to the centre of Falmouth, so its very popular. But its also one of the cleanest. Gyllyngvase Beach has golden sand provides a fantastic contrast to the rough waters of the north coast. This is a lovely curve of beach which invites you to sit down and relax and soak up the scenery. This beach is also home to the award winning Gylly Beach Café, which offers a spectacular view of the coast while serving mouth-watering meals made of the freshest locally grown produce and locally caught ingredients such as fishes and shellfishes. The Café is the perfect venue for a romantic meal or family dinner by the beach.
Watersports are popular at this beach. As well as swimming , visitors can go stand up paddle boarding and kayaking with qualified instructors. The beach is home to many watersports events including the Falmouth Triathlon. Lifeguards patrol the beach, ensuring everyone is safe on their day out at the seaside.
Step back in History at Castle Beach
Castle Beach is a small, sheltered beach at Pendennis Point, close to historic Pendennis Castle which was built during the reign of King Henry VIII five centuries ago. Its a scenic location and an ideal place for rock pooling, snorkelling and swimming as yachts and ships sail by o their way to port in Falmouth harbour. Castle Beach also has a café that serves food and refreshments to beach lovers. Unlike Gyllyngvase, Castle Beach does not have a dedicated car park and there are no lifeguards on duty so visitors must take care when swimming.
This is just a small selection of beaches in Falmouth and the surrounding areas of Cornwall. You could stay here for weeks and never get bored of the amazing sandy beaches and rocky shores of this dramatic coastline.
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