Cornwall is famed for its beaches with more than 400 found along the 433 miles of beautiful coastline. Looe, a popular fishing port, is home to a lovely sandy stretch - but is also within driving distance of a range of wonderful beaches.
Our guide details the best beaches in and around Looe, showcasing which are the best for swimming, diving, rock pooling and more.
Best for: Getting away from the crowds
This sandy haven is covered with rock pools that will keep the kids entertained for hours. However, be sure to check the tide times before visiting as most of the beach is reclaimed at high tide.
East Looe Beach
Best for: A traditional seaside day out
This large sandy expanse is perhaps the most popular beach on this stretch of coastline. A sandy shelf ensures that the water is shallow for a long period, ideal for the children to have a worry-free paddle in. The beach is only a short walk from Looe, ideal for picking up a spot of lunch.
Best for: Rock pooling
You'll be treated to fantastic view of St George's Island (also known as Looe Island) from this beach which is mainly sandy shingle. At low tide a world of rock pools is unearthed being home to a wide range of marine life.
Best for: Swimming
At Talland Bay you'll find two small beaches that due to their sheltered nature are safe for swimming at both high and low tide. Fishing is also a popular activity from these beaches that have a café and toilet facilities.
Best for: Relaxing
The stunning beach in the ancient fishing village of Polperro is revealed at low tide in the harbour. Make the most of it while you can as, when the tide returns, it will become a working harbour again.
Best for: Diving
This beach provides thrill seekers with the perfect opportunity for having some fun in and on the water. Boats and Jet Ski's can be launched from the beach and there is a sunken ship three-quarters of a mile off the coast that divers will enjoy exploring.
With so many wonderful beaches on offer, the seaside town of Looe is the perfect place to enjoy a seaside holiday in Cornwall. If you've been inspired by the golden sands and hidden coves, be sure to check out our collection of holiday cottages in Looe, where you'll find plenty of holiday homes to choose from, including luxury properties with hot tubs and dog-friendly cottages, so even your four-legged friend can come too.
Don't forget to check out our comprehensive Cornwall beach guide, as well as some other amazing places to visit across the county.