Praa Sands

Praa Sands is located half way between the towns of Penzance and Helston Cornwall, with it’s extensive sandy beach stretching for about a mile.

About the Site

This isn’t a site but rather a car park overlooking the beach providing a perfect location for an overnight stop. The beach and car park were popular with surfers and water enthusiasts including those just wanting to stroll along the beach.

Beach front parking

The car park was a loose compacted gravel car park and with that comes a degree of unevenness. Because of the loose surface there aren’t any dedicated marked parking bays. This means you’re free to choose your spot, obviously with consideration of others wishing to park.

The beach at Praa Sands is popular with water surfers

Although there aren’t any hook up facilities there are public toilets available next to the car park.

There is also a beachside bar called the “Sandbar” serving drinks and food. I had a cappuccino on the terrace and then went inside where we enjoyed an evening meal. I chose scampi and chips which was enjoyable. A great little venue for those in a motorhome.

Surfers enjoying the ocean at Praa Sands
What we did

Parking the motorhome and looking out over the sands and the beach was a  perfect way to spend the evening. Watching the waves rolling onto the beach was mesmerising and a lovely setting.

The next morning the sun was shining and we took a walk along the length of the white sands. The surfers and kayakers had begun to take to the water. I watched with a degree of admiration at their commitment to their past time. Braving the waters and making use of the waves that provided the power to propel them through the clear waters. 

The Beach Tree at Praa Sands
The Beach Tree

As we walked along the beach we noticed a lone tree standing by itself, close to the edge of the sandy edges to the shore. Above the shore stood the gardens of local houses and apparently due to the erosion of the sea, part of the garden in which the tree had once stood had given way. The tree had fallen onto the beach below to where it now stood. This event was captured in a poem attached to the tree.

A poem about the Beach Tree

The pay and display car park cost was £8 for 24 hours.

Motorhome Monkey thoughts

This site provides excellent value for money for a beach experience with amenities to hand.

This is a wonderful destination for a night in your motorhome. If you enjoy your watersports then even better. You’ll love the beach which is great for walks, the shoreline is great for splashing about in and you won’t have to walk far from the car park to soak up the sun or have a coffee. 

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