General information

There are also plenty of beach holiday rentals near the beach. Par Sands is south-facing, ensuring that it’s sheltered from the Atlantic and from stormy weather, which also means that it’s a great place for family beach holidays. Sunbathing away from the wind can be enjoyed to the full. Par Sands are easily accessible, with a car park, so it can be visited from beach cottages along the southern coast. During the summer, there are eating places and toilets to make life easier. Par Sands is known as a safe swimming location, but sometimes rip tides can pose a danger, so care should be taken on the beach.

Major attractions

The natural beauty of Par Sands Bay is an attraction in itself, but there are many local attractions close to the beach for those renting beach holiday homes at Par Sands. The Eden Project is a few miles away and is one of Europe's leading ecological centres. See plants from across the world in specially built "biomes" that are a few minutes from cosy beach cottages, while the stunning Lost Gardens of Heligan are also close to beach holiday accommodation at Par Sands. Tourists can also drive to quaint fishing villages such as Charlestown or Polkerris, where visitors can dine on locally caught seafood. The mackerel and shrimp are particular favourites. In fact, Par Sands Beach could be the best beach in Britain for finding wonderful coastal pubs near self-catering beach cottages. And visitors can also kayak on the Fowey River or play golf at the challenging Lostwithiel Golf Course, making Par Sands a great place for varied cheap beach holidays.

When to visit

Par Sands Bay is a wonderful sight and place to be at all times of year, but sunbathers and swimmers may prefer to visit between June and August when the South Cornish coast is bathed in sunshine. However, events like music shows occur all the time at the Eden Project, making winter or spring holidays a fine choice too.

How to reach

Driving from London to Par Sands is simple. Just take the M4, then the M5, and then the A30 from Exeter, and follow signs to St Austell. The journey should take between five and six hours. Trains from London Paddington travel to Exeter, and from there a connecting train will head to Par Station. And flights are available into Newquay Airport, although a long taxi ride may be required.


Surfing is very popular on Gwithian Towans Beach, and for beach holidays England offers few better spots for this activity. It is a reasonably well exposed beach break which generally has waves. The offshore winds from the east southeast work the swells best, also providing some action for windsurfers. Waves break both left and right at the beach. The waves are of a consistent quality which makes surfing here ideal for all levels of competence, including beginners, and with this activity you can enjoy really cheap beach holidays here. It is also a child friendly beach, sloping gently into the water, and therefore perfect for family beach holidays and group beach activity. Additionally, there is lifeguard cover on Gwithian Towans beach from 29th April to 25th September 2011. There is plenty of sand and some nearby dunes for the children to play in, and opportunities for seal and dolphin watching and even sea fishing from the rocks around the lighthouse at high tide, when mackerel, wrasse and garfish can be caught.

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