Cawsand (or Porthbugh in Cornish) is located on the stunning Rame Peninsula to the west of Plymouth and Saltash. The area is sometimes referred to as the forgotten corner of Cornwall, even though it is so close to the border with the rest of the country.
The village itself is a small fishing port, once well-known for smuggling and wrecking. Indeed, it has been said that the name actually comes from 'Cow Sand', because the locals would place lights around the necks of cows to make the port seem large and busy. Mistaking it for Plymouth, ships would turn into the shore and be wrecked upon the rocks, easy pickings for the locals.
Cawsand forms part of the Mount Edgecumbe Country Park, and the South-West Coast Path passes right through it. Cawsand and her next-door sister town Kingsand, to which it is practically connected, both lie upon the curve of Cawsand Bay, but they have their own individual beaches in front of each respective village.
Cawsand's beach is sheltered, with rock pools and excellent water quality. There is a seagrass bed just off the beach, rich in marine life and excellent for snorkelling, and the surrounding waters are about to be designated a marine preservation zone. Lifeguards also operate in summer, making it a popular area for families.
During peak season a ferry runs from the beach to Plymouth Hoe. Cawsand is a great base for your self catering holiday.