Seaside holidays in Cornwall

Family holidays are a precious time and sometimes you have to turn back the clock, leave the mobile phones, laptops and tablets behind, and get back to the basics....buckets and spades and having fun by the seaside! Why not visit Cornwall for your family holiday this year?

Beaches, seaside and watersports is what Cornwall does best...sandy beaches (come rain or shine!), swimming in the sea, ice cream, sandcastles, rockpools, crabbing, family cricket on the beach...these are the best of memories for your children and for the family photo album.

Cornwall is renowned for its stunning sandy beaches both on the north and south coast.

On the South coast:

Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth is a great family sandy beach, easy parking, café, ice cream shop and toilets.

Swanpool Beach in Falmouth again has easy parking and café - the sand is not quite so good for sandcastles here, especially when the tide's in, but still plenty of room to have fun.

Maenporth Beach - easy parking, great café and lovely sandy beach, with opportunities for rockpooling too.

On the Roseland:

Carne Beach - lovely stretch of golden sand and generally quite mellow sea - good for sandcastles, rockpooling and swimming.

Summers Beach, St Mawes - right in the heart of St Mawes is this lovely stretch of sandy beach, great for watching the harbour activity and for ice creams in the village.

Porthcurnick Beach - owned and operated by the National Trust. Sandy beach with rockpools with the advantage of a café and toilet facilities. Parking is at a large car park at Portscatho and you gain access to the beach by walking down some steps.

On the North coast:

Gwithian, Hayle - 3 miles of golden sand at Hayle - great for surfing, sandcastles, caves. Sunset café for the essential ice cream. Just a short stroll along the beach takes you to the National Trust Godrevy café and the opportunity to view the seals that frequent one of the bays near the Godrevy lighthouse.

Porthtowan, nr St Agnes - a lovely cove and beach set in a village with facilities including local shop and the famous Blue Bar which has to be experienced to watch the sun go down.

Perranporth - in the heart of the town, the spectacular sandy beach and dunes at Perranporth are loved by many (surfers, sandcastle makers, runners, horses, dogs) - the car park by the beach gets incredibly busy in the summer months so arrive early and stay all day. Lots of local shops, cafés and, of course, The Watering Hole pub on the beach, offer plenty of sustenance for the whole family.

Fistral Beach, Newquay - one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall and known for the Boardmaster surfing festival in August, plus regular surfing festivals throughout the year. Parking is in the car park just by the beach.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives - white sand, rolling waves set in the middle of St Ives. Parking on the Island or in the main car park (be prepared for the walk back up the hill at the end of day).

Sennen Cove - lovely sandy beach with rockpools at low tide plus renowned beach cafe and facilities.