Beautiful Looe on the south east Cornish coast is a popular beach holiday destination especially with families. The town has a stunning fishing harbour and two quays – East and West Quay. Looe is brimming with arts and crafts shops, tearooms, family inns and restaurants. The variety of accommodation in the area includes everything from small hotels, cosy inns with rooms and friendly B&Bs to family cottages, all inclusive caravan/ holiday parks and luxury apartments.
Looe Island (also known as St George’s Island) is a protected bird sanctuary accessible via a 15 minute boat trip from East Looe Quay. You can learn about the history of Looe Island and the harbour town at the Looe Museum housed in the old 15th century Guildhall. Sample the delights of Looe’s traditional Cornish Pasty shops and be entertained at the Looe Film Society’s community Cinema by the Sea, screening family movies, recent blockbusters, classics and independent films.
Beaches & Watersports
Beaches around Looe and nearby Polperro attract the family crowds in summer and there are plenty of opportunities for watersports including scuba diving, fishing, canoeing, boat trips and sailing on Looe River. East Looe beach is a great sandy beach for families offering safe, sheltered swimming and all the amenities of the town adjacent. On the West Looe side is single beach Hannafore popular for rock pooling, with spectacular views across Looe Bay towards St George’s Island.
The Monkey Sanctuary
The Monkey Sanctuary is a top family attraction near Looe with an award-winning cafe, a gift shop, a play area, stunning wildlife gardens, a bat cave and wildlife room. The famous monkeys include barbary macaques, capuchins and woolly monkeys. ‘Keeper For a Day’ experiences and themed events feature through the year. Set in stunning woodland, the Sanctuary is a not to be missed day out for families on holiday in the area.