At first glance it might look like Looe has just one spectacular sandy beach. But, within easy reach of the town on foot there are actually three beaches, with lots more choice close by.
East Looe beach is the town’s main beach. It is sandy and safe and offers everything you would expect from a town beach. The facilities are excellent, there are cafes and restaurants nearby and access is good. It also has toilets, but dogs are banned all year. It’s clean and safe for swimming and, even at low tide, offers super golden sands.
At the east end of East Looe Beach you’ll come to Second Beach, although where one changes to another is a bit of a mystery. It’s fantastic for snorkelling and fishing and has a few rocks and great visibility. On low spring tides beach it is possible to walk to Plaidy beach, another sandy and sheltered strand that’s quiet, even in the summer.
For a complete contrast to East Looe, head west to Hannafore Beach. It’s a beachcomber’s paradise, with lots of rock pools and nooks and crannies to explore at low tide. Dogs are welcome here all year round so it’s a great place to give them their daily walkies when you stay in Looe. And it’s easy to get to- just walk along Marine Drive from West Looe.
Further afield you’ll find sandy beaches at Kingsand, Downderry and Kingsand Bay. Whitsand Bay and Portwrinkle are also worth a look. They can both be good for surfing and are both beautiful! Well worth a trip.