Kennack Sands Beach

Kennack Sands sits on the more sheltered eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula, not far from the tip. Despite its fairly remote location it is very popular - testimony to what a superb family beach this is.

With masses of sand (at low tide), a stream and rock pools a plenty kids love Kennack Sands. There are also plenty of facilities including toilets and a cafe right by the beach to make your visit easier. 

With its south easterly aspect Kennack Sands is often quite sheltered from the wind, and considerably warmer than west coast beaches. This also means it can be a popular option for surfers when everywhere else is too windy. Most of the summer though it is a great spot for learning to surf.

The beach here is divided into what are referred to as Kennack Sands West and Kennack Sands East and become more-or-less separate at high tide. Dividing the two is a rocky outcrop called the Caerverracks which are home to a number of rockpools.

To the eastern end of the beach are the remains of a number of World War II defences. There are pill boxes on the hillside and a quite extensive anti-tank wall running along the back of the beach.

This area backing this end of the beach is designated a nature reserve and is home to many species of flora and fauna that only flourish in this unique coastal habitat. 

Dogs allowed on eastern part of beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

Seasonal RNLI lifeguard cover - weekends 19 May - 6 July and daily 7 July - 2 September

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year on the East beach (furthest from car park). However, no dogs on the main beach from 1st July to 31st August / 10am to 6pm

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TR12 7LT

OS grid ref.

SW 7363 1653


Large car park, shop, café and toilets.


Large car park at beach.

Kennack Sands Beach Reviews

Have been coming here since I was 21. Am now 71. Still enjoying my Holliday's here.

raymond leech
Sep 24th 2021

Lovely place to Holliday, always enjoy my time here.

A day at The beach

Robert Taylor
Aug 24th 2021

We have stayed locally several times and enjoyed this beach.  Safe for kids and cafe and toilets onsite.  Road down is narrow so you need to be careful and be prepared to reverse if and when people walk up or down (which they will).  Only negative for me is the car parking attendants who were pretty rude to me and others I know.  Fitting parking meters now which will save them the cost of a customer service

Britain's Most Southerly Beach

Aug 25th 2020

This is Britain’s most southerly beach, with car park, toilets, amenities and the great Turbo’s Cafe. Lovely sand with safe bathing, excellent rock-pools and easy access. There are several places to stay close by and the people down there are nice and helpful.


Charlotte Kennedy
Aug 16th 2019

Best beach in the world… You have everything you need there…. A dog beach also… Cafes serving gorgeous food…. A little stream at the back and Gorgeous cliff top walks and safe swimming!!!! Plus toilets and parking

Aug 11th 2019

Love Kenneck sands it’s a lovely beach been there so many times
I always feel relaxed when I visit there can . Also love Turbo’s cafe you can get a great latte there and a food breakfast


Aug 11th 2019

Beautiful big sand bay, bit more hidden that the other more touristy options.  The second beach is much quieter bit more of a walk but worth it. Sea is clean and pretty safe.