Great beaches within a short drive of River Valley

River Valley Country Park is perfect for families looking to escape, enjoy the peace, quiet and natural beauty of West Cornwall. Many families will enjoy a range of activities on their holiday with us, staying in our luxury accommodation at one of the finest caravan parks in Cornwall. The top activity for many whilst staying at our holiday park in Cornwall near Penzance is going to the beach. Here to help you, we have provided some further information on a range of beaches that are within easy access of River Valley Country Park.


A fantastic opportunity for a day out at a quality sandy beach, Marazion is one of the most photographed beaches in the country as St Michaels Mount is accessed from the town end of the beach. This stunning backdrop will create memories that last forever and this is definitely one beach that you must visit and is only 4 miles from our holiday park. The beach is primarily sandy and family friendly with plenty of parking available in the town of Marazion offering a range of quality places to eat, shops and toilet facilities. The beach is considered to be quite safe with a lifeguard patrol in the summer months, water quality is excellent and sand castle building is five star. A perfect family beach with plenty of space and usually reasonably quiet, even in the peak season and there are also rock pooling opportunities where dads can find their inner child!

Marazion beach near River Valley Country Park


Perranuthnoe beach is a 10 minute drive from River Valley Country Park, just over three and a half miles away. The beach is covered up to the shingle at high tides so you may want to check the tide times, it is popular with surfers and tourists alike with plenty of space and easy to access with a walkway down on to the beach. There are rock pools at both east and west ends of the beach with huge boulders that are great fun to climb on. The beach is generally uncrowded and spacious with the village of Perranuthnoe forming a stunning back drop, perfect for a barbecue on a summers night. Perranuthnoe beach does not have a lifeguard service and does not allow dogs from Easter to October.

Perranuthnoe beach for an evening stroll

Praa Sands

Praa Sands is a mile-long beach that is made up of stunning sand that is noticeably white, remember to bring your sunglasses on a sunny day as you will need them! The beach does have lifeguard cover from May to September and it is popular. Praa Sands is very popular with surfers and it can get busy in the sea when the winds are blowing from the north as it offers a better wave than most north coast beaches. For families, it is a must as the sand is stunning and there is a mile-long stretch of it, plenty of space for all. The water quality is very high and there are plenty of amenities in the village and by the entrance to the beach with a café on hand to provide warm food and drinks. Praa Sands is a popular beach, you can generally find plenty of space though but it can be busy on hot days during the summer months. A great place for an all day event down at the beach and don’t forget your wetsuits and boards, a quality place to learn to surf!

Praa sands mile long sandy beach nearby


Prussia Cove and Keneggy Sands Beach

These two tiny coves are perfect if you want to get away from the tourists, they are not particularly suitable for young children though. Both are covered at high tides so check your tide times before you go to explore. Suitable for those that love to find a quiet spot away from the crowds with little miniature beaches dotted around, rock pools galore and a bit of climbing involved as well, these two little spots are perfect if you love a bit of exploring and trying to find your very own little personal cove!

Prussia Cove a hidden gem


A beach that stretches for up to 3 miles at low tide, great for walking and a beautiful town to explore but be aware that the beach, especially around the harbour area is very dangerous to swim in when there is surf. Porthleven has been described as the most battered town in Britain, often the scene of dramatic images as huge waves pound the harbour wall and the sea defences, this really is rugged Cornwall at its best. On a warm summers day when the sea is calm, it is a very beautiful beach with safe bathing areas designated by the RNLI lifeguard patrol during the summer months where you can swim safely. Due to the length of the beach, it is also easy to find plenty of space, even during the main holiday season and there is the added bonus of the beautiful harbour area to visit with fantastic seafood restaurants and history abounds. Pubs set with deep, thick stone walls keep you protected from the winter storms and the summer heat, retaining that traditional hardened Cornish character that is evident throughout the town, Porthleven is an experience as well as a beach.

Porthleven beach with great surf in a Cornish pirate setting