Thinking about a staycation this summer? With an uncertain economy and rising inflation, lots of Brits are feeling the squeeze.
If this rings true, staying put might be just the trick, and you can’t get much better than Cornwall for a sunny summer holiday in the UK.
That’s not the only reason you should visit Cornwall of course; with crystal clear seas, dazzling beaches and soaring cliffs, it really is worth it.
Ramblers will enjoy walking the South-West Coast path that winds its way around some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable, while families and sun worshippers can take advantage of the countless shores and beaches dotted below.
Here are our top picks to get you started.
In honour of this weekend's @sundaytimestravel '50 best beaches for 2017' guide, here's a pic of one of Cornwall's many beautiful beaches. Cornwall has over 300 beaches & 8 will be flying Blue Flags this summer. We hope some of our Cornish gems make the cut #stbestbeach #gettothebeach #sunisshining #blueflagbeach #porthminster
Located in picturesque St. Ives, Porthminster Beach is a family-friendly gem of a shore.
It’s a bit more sheltered than the main beach in the town, and tends to be a little less busy too.
Just a 5-minute walk from the town centre and right next to the train station, it’s super easy to get to.
When you get tired of catching those rays, there’s plenty for you to do in St. Ives.
Take a boat tour to what the locals call ‘seal island’ and meet the wildlife, and when you’re done grab some fish and chips from one of the many local cafes and restaurants.
Just pop into The Cornish Candy Shoppe afterwards, for a fab selection of homemade fudge — great as a souvenir or if you fancy something a little sweet after dinner.
Keep your eyes protected and embrace your inner mermaid in these stylish multi-coloured shades:
Another St. Ives wonder-beach, which is often overlooked by tourists and so great if you want to avoid the crowds, is Porthgwidden.
It’s smaller than the main beaches and has lots of shelter, and so isn’t much affected by the sea winds.
In fact it’s a bona fide sun trap.
Try wearing these sunnies with your swim suit for a retro look:
Sennen beach is just a stone’s throw away from Land’s End, the most westerly point in Britain.
It’s super popular with surfers as it enjoys the full force of the Atlantic.
The beach itself is called Whitesands Bay because of its dazzling sand that stretches to a neighboring beach.
The town is just a few minutes away, where there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to refuel and refresh.
There’s a stream that runs down to the sea in the middle of the beach; head over to the far side of it where there are lots of sand dunes if you’re looking for a more peaceful spot.
Fancy experimenting with your style while on your hols?
These sunglasses are just the ticket.
Wear with a vintage two-piece with high-waisted briefs to bring out your inner siren.
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