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Praa Sands East Beach

Helston, Cornwall

A mile long sandy beach with some rocky patches. The eastern end has many rocks and pools. The western end has fewer rocks and this is where all the amenities can be found.

Beach Type



Toilets including disabled facilities
First aid post
Lost child centre
Caravan park
Public house and a slip-way


Popular with surfers when there's a good swell and northerly winds

Nature and Wildlife

There are coastal walks to the east of Praa Sands towards Rinsey and Porthleven and to the west towards Penzance. During the spring and summer basking sharks. seals and dolphins may be seen off the beach.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by Kerrier District Council from June - September. Litter bins are provided. Occasionally. through the winter months the beach may suffer fro.


Dogs are banned on the beach from Easter - end of October. Dog bins are provided.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Helston Tourist Information Centre 79 Meneage Street Helston Cornwall TR13 8RB Tel: 01326 565431 Fax: 01326 572803 e-mail:


Nearest town: Helston
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.0987, -5.37734
Postcode: TR20 9TX
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Helston, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


The beach can be reached by the A394 Heston - Penzance road.

Public Transport

There are buses to the beach from Helston or Penzance. The nearest train station is Penzance.

Nearest Railway Stations

St Erth (Approx. 6 miles away)
Lelant Saltings (Approx. 6 miles away)
Lelant (Approx. 6 miles away)
Hayle (Approx. 7 miles away)
Penzance (Approx. 7 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is a 500 space car park available at the beach. There is a charge for using this car park.

Nearby Car Parks

Rinsey Cliff, Porthleven (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Praa Sands, Penzance (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Kittos Field, Porthleven (Long stay).
About 2.9 miles away
Godolphin estate car park (main), Godolphin Cross (Unknown stay).
About 2.9 miles away
Perran Sands, Perranuthnoe (Unknown stay).
About 3.1 miles away
Shrubberies Hill, Porthleven (Unknown stay).
About 3.1 miles away
Noonvares car park (Godolphin), Godolphin Cross (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Godolphin Estate car park (secondary), Godolphin Cross (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Highburrow, Porthleven (Long stay).
About 3.3 miles away
Penrose, Porthleven (Unknown stay).
About 3.5 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Helston