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Heading down to Falmouth for a Cornish summer holiday? If so, your mind has probably wandered to the numerous beach days you will experience- soaking up the sun, splashing around in the sea and having a fun-filled family break. That’s why we have compiled a list of the best beaches to visit around Falmouth:
Gyllyngvase Beach, commonly referred to as Gylly Beach, is a ten-minute walk from the main town centre, making it the perfect beach to visit after you have wandered around the shops. The white sands and crystal waters will remind you of something from a holiday resort abroad. The beach can get quite busy on a nice day, so make sure you get there early to secure your spot. Views from the beach will include the many shipping boats that leave the docks, and the grand Pendennis Castle that overlooks the bay. There is an ice-cream and refreshments hut right on the beach if you fancy a nibble, or alternatively, right next door is the Gylly beach café that features a delicious menu, a stocked bar and a decking with seating.
Either don your walking boots to walk from Gylly beach to Swanpool along the coastal path, or pop in the car for five minutes to make your way to Swanpool beach. Popular with dog-walkers, Swanpool Beach has a great little ice-cream hut where you are greeted with an array of options to personalise your treat- with sweets, chocolates, fruits and nuts!
A true hidden gem is just around the corner from Swanpool Beach. Nestled in-between rolling hill countryside is Maenporth Beach. The golden sands lead down to the rich blue waters. This beach will be a great option if Gylly and Swanpool are crowded on a sunny summers day.
The sheltered sandy beach of Loe Beach, located near to Falmouth and Truro, is ideal for watersports and swimming. You can rent out motor boats, kayaks, rowing boats and sailing dinghies from Loe Beach Boat Hire if you want to have more of an adventurous beach day. Whilst the Loe Beach Watersports Centre is a RYA Training Centre where you can partake in courses for sailing, kayaking or windsurfing.
The historic fishing village of St Mawes is a pleasant day out for all the family. You can reach St Mawes on a ferry that regularly runs from Falmouth. We’ve kind of cheated the list with this entry, as there are three beaches to choose from in St Mawes. These are Summers Beach, Idles Beach and Tavern Beach. The Summers Beach is a popular choice for visitors and locals alike. It is an ideal location for swimming or kayaking, for anyone that wants to try. There is a summer ban on dogs on this beach.
Whilst Idles Beach is in the centre of the village, close to an array of shops and pubs; there is plenty to keep you occupied if the beach seems to get too hot. The third option is the Tavern Beach located by the castle. The beach is perfect for swimmers as there is a swimming pontoon; however, it should be noted that there is also a summer dog ban here.
If you are yet to book your family resort, Falmouth has many options- but none quite like the accommodation at The Valley. Get in touch today to check our availability and book.
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