Photo credit: Matt Jessop | Visit Cornwall
Tucked between Newquay and Porthtowan, this laid-back town on Cornwall's northern coast draws adventure seekers and surfers with expansive, blonde-beer sands, miles of coastline and a secluded seawater swimming pool. And beyond that, a sand-blown high street crammed with independents. Small wonder Perranporth is piquing the attention of those looking to get back to the good life.
There's an untamed appeal to the Perranporth Beach - all dramatic caves, arched rock formations, wind-carved dunes and wide shores that, at low tide, join with neighbouring Penhale Sands to form one of Cornwall's largest beaches. Sure, in high summer it draws day-trippers. But linger a little longer, travel a little slower and it's likely you'll have this coastal enclave all to yourself.
Days are spent clambering across sloping sands, catching waves near the cliffs of Droskyn Point and sauntering along the postcard-perfect coastal path. When you're done, retreat to the smattering of eco-conscious, self-catering boltholes that pride themselves on their off-grid locations, homegrown hospitality and an ethos rooted outdoor living.
Competing with the buzzy beach bars of Newquay and the boutiques of St Ives, Perranporth town's slew of independent restaurants, bars and lodgings championing community spirit are dotted along the beachfront. Expect locally sourced produce, evenings soundtracked by local bands and a solid helping of fiery sunsets. Forget Bondi or Bali, this is your front-row seat to nature's finest cinema.
Eager to reconnect with the great outdoors? This is the first installation of our #ThisIsLiving Guide, in partnership with Corona. We've chatted with locals, sampled seafood and pasties, and trodden wildflower-fringed coastal trails to bring you the best places to stay and play along Perranporth's rugged coast. Let's get back on the road.