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The Summers Beach Holiday Essentials

The warm summer months are the perfect time to enjoy a holiday away from home, where you can relax on a beautiful stretch of beach. Lounge back by the water, splash around in the calm waves, indulge in cocktails and fine food and simply have fun. To make the most out of your summer beach holiday, it’s always best to travel prepared. Because you will be out and about in the sun, it is important to protect yourself from the harmful rays that the sun produces. By bringing these beach holiday essentials, you will be able to protect yourself and have a fun-filled time with friends and family.

Sunscreen
Sunscreen is an absolute must-have when going on a beach holiday this upcoming summer. In the UK alone, more than 8,000 individuals are diagnosed with skin cancer which is commonly caused by not protecting yourself from the sun. While this type of cancer is usually able to be treated if caught early, it is best to protect yourself rather than dealing with the consequences. Many opt to not wear sunscreen because they feel that it will not let them tan or obtain any color while on holiday. This is simply not the case. By regularly applying a sunscreen of at least SPF 30, you will achieve a golden tan look rather than a sun burn. Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes prior to swimming for the best effect.

Water
When you’re out having fun on your beach holiday, it’s easy to forget that you need to drink something in order to stay hydrated. Remember to pack a bottle or two of water into your beach bag to bring with you. While cocktails and tropical beverages can be enjoyed during your holiday, they do not replace the benefits that water gives you.

Sunglasses
Invest in a pair of sunglasses that have UV protection lenses before going on your beach holiday. Not only will this protect your eyes from the suns rays, but it will also enable you to see easier without having to squint in the sunlight. Sunglasses are a major staple of any beach outfit.

Swim Suit

You simply can’t go to the beach without having a swim suit with you. Whether you plan on tanning in the sand, curling up with a good book, or wading in the water, you’ll be the most comfortable while wearing a swim suit. There are many different types of swim suits out there including one-pieces, tankinis, bikinis, shorts and more. Look for a style that fits your body shape and provides you with the comfort that you need while spending a day at the beach.

Waterproof Shoes or Flip Flops
The sand at the beach can be scorching hot during the summer. So much so that it may hurt your feet to walk on it. Bring along a pair of waterproof shoes or flip flops that can be worn in the sand and in and out of the water.

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Top 6 Beaches In Cornwall, UK And What Makes Them So Special

Perhaps you, like me, dream of going to England someday. Perhaps you, like me, love beaches. If so, you must visit Cornwall, England’s south-westernmost county. Cornwall offers the sunniest, mildest weather in all of the UK. Home to dramatic sea cliffs and sheer drops, Cornwall borders the Celtic Sea and the English Channel and has over 250 miles of coast. It’s not all rugged cliffs, however. Cornwall boasts over 150 individual beaches, most of them sandy and family-friendly. This list of the top six beaches in Cornwall should help you maximize your time there.

Perran Beach

• Two beaches, Perranporth and Penhale, merge during low tide to create a huge blonde sand expanse.
• Enjoy nearby Perranporth, an entertaining beach town.
• Penhale features a Special Area of Conservation, sand dunes which cover the ancient church of the patron saint of Cornwall.
• Visit rock pools, caves, a stream, and Chapel Rock.
• Beloved by surfers and families.
• Overlooked by the South West Coast Path, high above on fascinating English cliffs.
• When joined, one of the largest beaches in Cornwall.

Porthcurno Beach

• Soft, sandy beach popular with families.
• Area for advanced swimmers due to steeply shelved beach.
• Area for children in stream also on beach.
• Lifeguards provided May through September.
• Near MinackTheater and Telegraphy Museum.
• Near Land’s End and St. Ive’s.
• Large parking lot with bathrooms.

St. Ive’s Harbour Beach

• Sheltered, sandy beach that doesn’t disappear even in high tide.
• Working harbor provides plenty to see and do.
• Backs to St. Ive’s, full of cafes, shops and eateries.
• Surrounded by scenic views and historic buildings.
• In low tide, joins with nearby beaches.
• Gives access to the famous South West Coast Path.

Watergate Bay

• Clear blue-green water backed by flower-covered cliffs.
• Golden sand beach near Newquay.
• Huge stretch of beach will allow you to find seclusion, avoid crowds.
• Excellent waves good for surfing, kitesurfing and kite buggying.
• Lifeguards provided May through September.
• Dogs welcomed year-round .

Fistral Beach

• Internationally recognized surfing center.
• Beautiful golden sand.
• Between Pentire and Towan, towns with lovely Victorian buildings.
• Three beaches in one: South Firstal, the Main Beach, and Little Fistral, only there at low tide.
• Lifeguards provided April through October.
• Dogs welcomed all year.
• Near bathrooms, cafes, surfboard and wetsuit rental shops, surf instructors, and the Surf Centre.

Kynance Cove

• Turquoise water and white sand.
• Dotted with islands and caves.
• Unique cliffs and rock formations appear at low tide.
• Owned, protected and maintained by the National Trust.
• One of the most beautiful and scenic coves in Cornwall.
• Accessible by the South West Coat Path.
• Near the Lizard National Nature Reserve, the Lizard Lighthouse and Heritage Center, and Mullion Cove.

It’s hard to go wrong when visit Cornwall’s many gorgeous beaches. Before you go, decide what type of experience you’re hoping for, and then search for a beach that can make your dreams a reality. Hopefully these six beaches will be on your list!

Abi writes for The Cornwall Hotel Collection, owners of The Greenbank and Alverton. For a quality restaurant in Truro  or wedding venue in Falmouth visit The Cornwall Hotel Collection.