General information

The beach is around four miles long, and there is plenty of beach holiday accommodation nearby. Villages like Cawsand and Kingsand provide amenities, like toilets, pubs, cafes, and car parking, so it’s a great place for family beach holidays. Self-catering beach cottages in Whitsand Bay are also located in an area of wonderful natural beauty, with miles of stunning cliff-top walks, gardens to explore, and stately homes nearby. Whitsand may not be ideal for elderly visitors, as it’s only accessible by quite steep paths. Whitsand is known as a pet-friendly beach, but beware of being cut off by the incoming tide.

Major attractions

Whitsand Bay is close to some wonderful attractions, making it an ideal location for cheap beach holidays. The city of Plymouth is a short drive away, where families can enjoy the rides at Plymouth Hoe, take a cruise on the harbour, or see theatre performances. Beach apartments around Whitsand are also close to world-class attractions like the Eden Project, with its massive simulated ecosystems, and there are stately homes like Edgcumbe House as well as extraordinary gardens like Heligan to enjoy. The coast is studded with charming fishing villages, and many pubs serve local delicacies like crab and mackerel, as well as delicious local beers. The surfing mecca of Newquay is an hour away by car, as is the Tate Gallery at St. Ives, ensuring that self-catering beach cottages at Whitsand Bay have much to offer anyone who visits.

When to visit

Between late May and early September, Whitsand Bay may be the best beach in England for catching some rays, with warm temperatures and solid sunshine. Out-of-season breaks in spring and autumn can still find mild weather, and the scenery will be breathtaking—while accommodation may be cheaper.

How to reach

Driving is the best way to reach Whitsand Bay. Take the M4 from London and switch to the M5 after Bristol and then the A38 at Exeter. Turn off towards Cawsand Bay just after Plymouth. The drive should take about four hours. Trains regularly leave London Paddington for Plymouth, and the journey lasts for three hours. It’s also possible to fly into Newquay and take a cab across Cornwall for an even quicker option.

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Whitsand Bay, and the surrounding coast, offers plenty of water sports. The wide expanse of the bay is perfect for group beach activities like football, cricket, or volleyball, as well as bodyboarding and canoeing. The cliffs and rocks are superb places to climb and clamber, while kids will adore the rockpools that are full of wildlife. Cheap Whitsand Bay holidays can simply include enjoying the beautiful bay, but it may be the best beach in Britain for coastal walks as well. The Rame Peninsula has many trails to follow and some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Europe. With romantic scenery and cosy pubs, Whitsand Bay is also an idyllic setting for couples’ beach holidays. In all, with urban appeal, great sand, a beautiful coastal setting, and hearty food, Whitsand Bay represents the best of U.K. beach holidays.