St Ives Cornwall Living

Summer Staycation

We all dream about the perfect summer holiday, even more so in the past year, but with uncertainty still preventing us from booking far flung destinations, we’ve re-discovered some of the top spots in the South West. We might not always have the great British weather on our side but…

We all dream about the perfect summer holiday, even more so in the past year, but with uncertainty still preventing us from booking far flung destinations, we’ve re-discovered some of the top spots in the South West.

We might not always have the great British weather on our side but isn’t that part of the fun – trying to pitch a tent in the pouring rain only to be woken at 5am by a glorious sunrise? We love a fly and flop holiday as much as the next person, however considering personal budgets took a battering thanks to furlough, we are keen to explore a little closer to home.

The best part of a staycation is the not waking up at 3am to bundle the kids in the car, only to arrive at the airport and realise the other half didn’t prebook the parking you thought they had. It’s about a slower pace of life, taking the scenic route, enjoying the journey, not manically panting as you fumble through your slightly oversized flight bag for everyone’s passports, after ushering the entire family to gate 299 (slight exaggeration).

You will definitely find us taking more day-trips to some of our favourite childhood beaches, foraging through rock pools – ok, perhaps not quite for our dinner, but you never know what exciting exhibit you might come across – all you need is a bucket, net and Google (to figure out what on earth you caught), don’t forget to put any little critters back where you found them for others to enjoy!

Here are just a few of our favourite spots we’ll be enjoying this summer around the South West Peninsula:

Wembury Beach – the low tide rock pools are the best

Fistral Bay, Newquay – if you cannot surf, you can guarantee spotting someone who can

St Ives – they have a Tate gallery and a beach

The Lizard Point – breath-taking views, best enjoyed in the slightly less windy summer months

Padstow – fish and chips

Bigbury-on-sea – at high tide it becomes a magical island (Burgh Island), cut off from the mainland accessible only by a giant sea tractor! Perfect for paddle-boarding round

Marazion – nothing beats walking the majestic causeway to St Michael’s Mount

Salcombe – fantastic for people watching and the best ice cream.

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