Holiday guides: Best surfing locations on South Cornwall coast
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Holiday guides: Best surfing locations on South Cornwall coast

Cornwall is renowned as one of the best places in Europe for surfing, and it’s easy to see why. Dozens of beaches, consistent waves which, on occasion, can be pretty big!

The county’s north coast normally bags the biggest waves and the likes of Newquay (Fistral), Crantock, Perranporth, Giwthian and Porthtowan are big draws for the surfing elite.

However, the south coast is also a popular playground for surfers. There’s a great selection of beaches only a skimming stone’s throw from our Cornwall holiday park. So, if you’re planning to bring your board (or hire one) then there’s no need to venture too far. Check out our guide to four of the best local beaches in Cornwall’s south coast.

Whitsand Bay

There are actually several beaches that make up Whitsand Bay, stretching from Rame Head to Portwrinkle. These are the most local to our holiday park, so you won’t have to travel too far. This region is considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems and is nowhere near as busy as some of the beaches of the north coast. The waves here are fairly consistent, with a constant swell keeing surfers happy riding some huge waves.

Praa Sands

Head west to Praa Sands, between Penzance and Helston, and enjoy some of the best waves the south coast has to offer. It is more popular than Whitsand Bay but the beach is more than large enough to accommodate big numbers. Praa Sands often produces a fast, hollow and heavy wave at hide tide.


Porthleven’s beach may only be small but it is home to Cornwall’s premier reef break. It’s certainly not ideal for beginners but there’s plenty here to keep the pros interested. Even when its not ideal conditions, the waves are still pretty good here!


Head further west still, almost to the very tip of Cornwall’s south western peninsula and you’ll come to Porthcurno. This beach may not be the first one on the lips of your surfing aficionado but it’s still a great beach. There is often swell here and any wind with a touch of north in is good. The only downside to Porthcurno is that it only really works well around low tide.