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On the way from Porthleven to Marazion you pass the signs for Praa Sands pointing down a narrow lane and giving no clue as to what it has to offer. When you get there the vast expanse of sand takes your breath away stretching for more than a mile along a perfect bay with a rocky shoreline on one side and neat bungalows set in spacious plots stretching back from the beach in tidy square grids of little roads.
I spent a great deal of time here when my sons were small sitting on the cafe terrace watching them play in the sand and making friends with all the other children enjoying the beach. A river runs across the sand here creating a natural toddler pool and a stream leading to the sea which is constantly being dammed by small children and less small dads who should know better as they compete for the best rocks or create replicas of the nearby St Michaels Mount surrounded by water.
There's now an excellent bar and restaurant on the end of the beach and lifeguards are here in season so everything is in place to spend a long classic Cornish day by the seaside.
Praa Sands Cottages with Sea Views