Hayle Beaches

Hayle Beach near St Ives, Cornwall

Hayle Beaches at low tide, Hayle’s multiple beaches – Hayle Towans, Black Cliff, Mexico Towans – combine to form one vast expanse of sand which stretches several miles from the town itself to the mouth of the Hayle estuary and beyond. Because of its size, the beach rarely becomes overcrowded.


Beach at Hayle, CornwallHayle estuary is an important area for wildlife, and is an excellent spot for bird watching, particularly along the South West Coast Path.

Hayle holiday cottages provide self catering accommodation to visitors looking to holiday in Cornwall. Nearby holiday cottages in St Ives (7 miles from Hayle Towans by road) and Penzance (9 miles) offer further self catering options.

The beaches can be accessed at various points, with several car parking options. Facilities, including toilets and cafés, are provided at Hayle Towans, to the north end of the sands. Lifeguards patrol the beaches from May to September. Dogs are not permitted from Easter to October (Mexico Towans excepted).

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The dangerous currents in the river in the estuary make those waters unsuitable for swimming. Once the estuary enters the Atlantic, conditions are often favourable to wind surfers.

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