Praa Sands is one of the premier surfing beaches on the south coast of Cornwall, situated between Portleven and Marazion. Acton Castle, Garden Apartment is a 5 minute drive away, or follow the footpath for 2 miles and low and behold, Praa Sands will appear. The mile-long beach is backed with sheltering sand dunes and the whitest of sand.
Its easily accessible position means families can enjoy playing in the shallows, while further out the surf brigade can take on some surprisingly big waves. There is plenty of surf throughout the year.
As a general rule, the south coast has smaller waves than the north coast of Cornwall, so during the summer months Praa Sands also offers some great sea swimming. There are dedicated swimming and surfing areas at the more popular west end of the beach.
Praa Sands has excellent facilities. There are several car parks at the west end, along with surf hire, surf shops, cafes and the licensed Sandbar restaurant. Sandbar sits in a peachy location, overlooking the beach, with panoramic views of the ocean. They serve fabulous home cooked food with a Mediterranean twist sourced from local Cornish produce. Hang out on the amazing terrace and watch the world go by! The east end of the beach at ‘Hendra’ is usually quieter, with few people willing to make the walk down the beach.
Next door to Praa Sands are numerous small coves and beaches, some which are great for surfing, and others that are more suitable for snorkelling and kayaking.
The RNLI Lifeguards operate a rescue boat and patrol service the length of Praa Sands. With lifeguard cover during weekends in April and Easter school holidays, 28 March-13 April 2020. Full lifeguard cover from 8th May to 27th September 2020. Weekend & bank holiday lifeguard cover from 3-18 October and during half term week 24 October – 1 November 2020. Patrol times 10am-6pm
Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 1st October 2020 (07:00am – 07:00pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place (2020).
Global Boarders Surf School
Global Boarders Surf Co. Cornwall has a permanent base at Praa Sands, but when necessary they have mobile licences / permissions to run sessions at Marazion. They operate group and individual lessons, beginners to advanced, 1 day to week long sessions, as well 1-to-1 private booking. Choose from a great range of quality surf equipment at the beach base at Praa Sands. Hire surfboards, paddle boards, advanced bodyboards, handplanes and full-length wetsuits. Open daily 9am – 6pm July – September from the top of the main car park.
For regular updates on surf conditions, click on: Magicseaweed.com