For the first few summers of coming to Cornwall we have driven past Perranporth on our way to Chapel Porth or St Agnes but it always looks so busy we never stopped.
There is a small car park right by the beach but it fills up very fast out of season so you would have to be very organised and early to get on in summer. Also it is very tight to park, Steffan is fine but I wouldn’t be able to park our Volvo in there. There is another car park at the top of the hill that has lots of parking but you would then have to walk down with all your beach stuff and the kids unless one of you did a drop off at the bottom.
On the beach there is a pub called the Wateringhole. It does gorgeous hot chocolates and so it’s our favourite beach in winter to have a walk along and then sit and warm up with a drink. It’s also a great place in summer with lots of outside seating. They hold concerts in the summer with fantastic line ups.
The first thing I always notice about Perranporth is the sand. It is so incredibly soft. Absolutely gorgeous to walk on without shoes. At low tide it is enormous and you can walk along to the right for miles. We like to walk along the beach and then back along the sand dunes. The kids love playing in the dunes.
To the right when the tide is out there are amazing rock pools. We never fail to catch crabs. But the pools are also deep and sandy so the kids also love swimming through them as they are warmer than going in the sea.
Off the beach there is a small town with shops to walk around including plenty of places to eat and drink.
It is a fantastic beach with lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy.