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Crantock beach activities for kids and adults

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What's the single best thing about Cornwall self catering? At the end of he day it's probably very simple. It's being near the sea. And Crantock beach is a genuine jewel in the county's crown.

There's something about a beach that does the human soul good. Philosophers have wondered why the sea holds such a strong appeal for millennia. Some scientists believe it's because we migrated out of Africa in a time of famine and seafood was our main food source for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. So the sea might be hard-wired into our genetic make up as a good thing to have nearby. Whatever the reason, beaches make us feel great. Whether a keen autumn wind is blowing sand against your chilly cheek or you're lying supine, stunned by the sunshine, being by the sea gives us a small but distinct 'high'.

Crantock beach is one of Cornwall's finest, a treat of a beach with masses to do for adults and children alike. Just one good reason why holidaymakers flock to rent the area's many excellent holiday villas. In Cornwall the sea is part of everyday life. But to most of us it's a real treat. Artists visit to paint the fantastically clear, clean light, enormous skies and ever-changing seascapes at Crantock. Nature lovers stroll the sands picking up tiny shells and marvelling at the fascinating flora and fauna. Birdwatchers enjoy the often unusual bird life. Lovers sit shoulder to shoulder watching the night gently fall, clinking cool glasses of good wine. Tanning fans dream their days away in sunbathing heaven. And, of course, there's great bodyboarding.

Kids fall head over heels with Crantock beach too. They all love the sand, from tots to teens. Sandcastles are us, whatever your age! There are some superb spooky caves to scramble about in, complete with exciting echoes. Little kids can play in the water safely enough, just keep a careful eye on them. The dark, pointy rocks scattered along the landward side of the beach are brilliant fun for clambering and climbing on. There's rock pools to find strange, weird and wonderful sea life in, from shrimps to crabs, winkles, seaweed, hermit crabs and starfish. The surrounding sand dunes are great fun too, for hide and seek, digging dens and general kid-style grubbing around. And if you've got a sulky teenager in tow, at least they'll probably enjoy watching the bodyboarders being unbelievably uber-cool! Beach-side holiday cottages in Cornwall are amongst the most popular and Crantock is one of the region's best loved beaches.

If you're thinking about hitting the far south west and holidaying in Cornwall, self catering is an increasingly popular option. But the recent rush on British staycations means self catering cottages, flats and Cornwall self catering in general, and Crantock in particular, means it's best to book earlier than ever in 2011 to avoid disappointment.

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