Cornish beach that looks like the Caribbean has a cheeky secret

Pedn Vounder beach in Cornwall
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The shores of the Caribbean could be calling your name this summer, inviting you to soak up the sun and bathe in crystal-clear waters. But what if we told you that you could experience the same level of tropical paradise without leaving the UK?

A secluded beach in Cornwall has gone viral on TikTok, thanks to its uncanny resemblance to the renowned beaches of the Caribbean. With stunning blue waters lapping against golden sands, you might even think you've travelled across oceans to find this piece of paradise.

However, don't pack your passport just yet. This hidden gem is actually located in the Carbis Bay Estate, a luxury estate in St Ives, Cornwall. The estate boasts its own private beach, but the good news is that the stretch of golden sand seen in the video is open to the public.

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Pedn Vounder beach is tucked away on the south coast of the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall. Before you embark on your journey to this idyllic spot, it's important to keep a few things in mind. Pedn Vounder is a tidal beach, meaning it disappears entirely when the tide is high. Access to the beach is limited to boat or foot, with the latter involving a "challenging climb" down steep rocks.

It's also hiding another cheeky secret. Be prepared for a bit of an eyeful if you're heading to Pedn Vounder beach it's not officially a naturist spot, but it's widely used as one. Signs on the path down give a heads-up with a polite notice: "naturists may be seen beyond this point".

Explore Cornwall suggests that the best time to visit is before the school summer break, as it can get "very busy" during peak season. They note that the beach enjoys prime sunshine in the middle of the day due to its south-facing position and high cliffs, but it becomes shaded in the late afternoon.

Visitors have been quick to praise Pedn Vounder, with glowing reviews online. One Google review exclaimed: "Totally mind-blowing. What a fabulous colour of water, totally loved it."

Others have echoed this sentiment, with comments like: "The best and most amazing beach you can find in the UK. This place made us think we were in the Caribbean."

Another visitor was equally impressed, writing: "Beautiful beach with azure blue water, nice sand, cliffs either side and plenty of space. Water was amazing to swim in."