Wednesday, 18 July 2012 5:17 PM
If you are looking for a UK getaway that offers the chance to spend days at the beach, there is no better choice than Cornwall. The county's north coast has some stretches of sand that are really busy during the summer, but for something a little quieter you should head south.
Choose a holiday cottage in Looe and you will be close to a number of glorious beaches. Whether you want to ride the waves on a surfboard, go swimming, enjoy seaside walks or just soak up some sun, you will find the perfect place to do it in the area around this quaint coastal town.
East Looe Beach
When it comes to spots for a traditional family day out, it is difficult to beat East Looe Beach. There is lots of space for children to build sandcastles, together with a swimming area safe for little ones, so mum and dad can relax in peace in the sun. There are cafes and restaurants on the adjacent promenade, along with places to buy ice cream.
One of the most beautiful locations on Cornwall's south coast, Whitsand Bay has four stretches of golden sand overlooked by towering cliffs. It is slightly off the usual tourist track, so is generally quiet and you can walk, sunbathe or swim in peace during the spring and summer. It is popular with surfers in the winter months when there are some huge waves to ride.
Located midway between Looe and the village of Polperro - itself well worth visiting, thanks to its history as a hotspot for smugglers - Talland Bay is a dramatic setting in which to spend a day in the sun. The two beaches are a mixture of sand and shingle, and feature rock pools with all sorts of creatures in. You can swim safely in the water just off the beaches, while there are also a number of deserted coves nearby with natural tidal pools that are great for taking a dip in.
The beach in the quiet village of Seaton is a great place to get active. Located at the mouth of the River Seaton, the large area of sand has lots of space for playing games and a safe section for children to go paddling in. It has a slipway for launching boats, so is an ideal location for sailing dinghies, and also has favourable conditions for shore fishing.