Depending on what you want to do there are "good shopping" shops in both Falmouth & Truro (our city) which is 20mins drive away or can be accessed via bus or train.  Falmouth has various shops including Marks & Spencers, Boots, Woolworths, WH Smiths and lots of Pasty shops, quaint coffee houses, gift shops and individual clothes boutiques.  There are surf shops too namely Big Wednesday and In Falmouth itself we have a bowling alley situated just on the edge of the town, a recently opened Maritime Museum which offers a range of interesting facts about the sea and hands on experiences also at the top there are amazing views over Falmouth and its bay across to the small village of Flushing, there are also a few riding stables nearby.  Ships n castles is a leisure centre which offers "fun" pool and gym. There are lots of good walks around the many coast paths around our coastline.  Safe beaches in our immediate area to swim from are:  Castle Beach, Gyllyngvase, Swanpool, Maenporth - the beaches on this side of the county are sandy and do not have typical "surfing" conditions.  There is also Pendennis Castle on Falmouth's headland and you can catch a passenger ferry from the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth, across the estuary to the village of St.Mawes and visit it's own castle too. There are also some beautiful gardens nearby both situated just outside a small village called Mawnan Smith and they are Trebah Gardens  (privately owned) & Glendurgan Gardens (National Trust).  Mawnan Smith is just a couple of miles out of Falmouth Town and are lovely to look around.  Also worthy of note is Glendurgan beach a small pebbly beach near the gardens which is ideal for peaceful stroll.