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Praa Sands

Praa Sands beach, Cornwall

Pronounced either as 'Prah Sands' or more commonly as 'Pray Sands' this mile long beach of golden sand lies on the South Coast of Cornwall approximately halfway between Penzance and Helston. Praa Sands, is south west facing and is a popular 'beaching' destination in the summer months.

Situated to the south of the A394 Helston to Penzance road, The beach is sheltered to the west by Cudden Point and to the east by Trewavas Head.

There are some excellent walks along the South West Coast Path west towards Prussia Cove, Cudden Point and ultimately Marazion or east passing Rinsey (Porthcew), Trewavas Head with its ruined mine stacks and ultimately Porthleven.

Praa Sands is popular with families and surfers. There are the usual facilities and parking right behind the beach. RNLI lifeguard's patrol the beach daily from 5th May to 30th September, Easter bank holiday and also weekends in April. Bathing should only occur when so advised by the lifeguards as there can be strong undercurrents at certain stages of the tide. It is also unwise to sit directly below the cliffs, due to the risk of falling rocks.

There is a seasonal dog ban from Easter Day to October 1st (7am to 7pm).


 Cafe, shop or pub

 Family friendly

 Lifeguard in summer

 Seasonal dog ban


 Rescue equipment

 Good Surfing



OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End

OS Explorer Map 102: Land

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

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Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Porthleven, Hayle, Marazion and Gunwalloe.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Penzance, Helston, Marazion and Camborne.

Nearby Attractions




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