Looe Beach is a large sandy beach which is popular with families all year round. The golden sands are always packed out during the summer months, with a range of activities available down on the beach. The famous Banjo Pier stretches out into the sea, and is popular spot for fishing. Unfortunately if you have a dog in tow, you will not be able to take them onto Looe Beach. If you head easterly along the beach it becomes much quieter and the sand is replaced by shingle and rocks.
Hannafore beach is one of South East Cornwall's beaches and the nearest town is Looe. Just offshore from Hannafore beach is St Georges Island and at low tide you can see a rocky reef. You can get to Hannafore beach by footpath from Looe and it is only half a mile. The Cornish coastpath carries on westwards towards Samphire Beach. Hannafore beach allows dogs out of the main season. It has refreshments available and a tourist information point. There are toilets available. Hannafore beach is a family friendly beach.
Polperro Beach is a small beach that is only available during low tide.
Just a short stroll along the coastline from Looe Beach, Plaidy Beach is a sandy beach with rock pools, making it very popular with kids. There are no facilities available at the beach, meaning it is usually a very quiet spot. Dogs are welcome here most of the year, but not during the peak summer months.
This is a popular south-facing beach near Looe comprised of sand, pebbles and shingle. The facilities on offer include public toilets, a café and a beach shop. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, although access may be restricted during the summer months (May through to September). The beach is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are two small car parks by the beach, and there is limited parking on the roadsides. The beach is very family-friendly and suitable for all ages.
Downderry Beach is a popular beach with locals because of the large sand and shingle beach, rock pool and pub on the beach front. The Inn on Shore is exactly that, an inn on the shore, and is a great spot for a drink.
Whitsand Bay is the best beach in the region if you are looking for a large expanse of golden sands. Stretching for over four miles the beach is a little bit of a hidden gem, and very popular with surfers. Its main drawback is accessiblity, with only a cliff path leading to the beach, which can be quite steep. But should you be happy to take this route, you will not be disappointed when you get onto the beach.
Talland bay provides an excellent range of unspoiled attractions along the coastline of Cornwall. The public facilities include a beach shop and two cafés, and parking is usually adequate although fairly limited to a small car park by Rottendam cottage and the beach shop car park. There are several beaches in Talland Bay, but the largest one by the beach café is the most family-friendly and has sand at high and low tides. At low tide, there are beautiful rock pools to be discovered containing all kinds of shellfish and sea life. Swimming in the sea at high tide is easiest in the main beach. There is also a cliff path which affords superb views of the sea. It is part of the Cornwall coast path. Walks can be taken east to Looe (roughly 3 miles) or west to Polperro (1.5 miles). Sensible walking shoes or boots are advised for the walk.