We have an abundance of beautiful beaches here in Cornwall (over 400 in fact!), from the rugged cliff faced north coast to the calm waters of the south there is a beach for every mood, activity and age! There are beaches only accessible by boat or cliff top scramble, there are beaches with promenades, ice creams and pasties and there are beaches with built in swimming pools. There are beaches you can hire SUP’s from to explore the Cornish seas, there are beaches with huts to hire for somewhere to relax and there are beaches with zip wires and coastering for the more adventurous type.
Here are our top 10 beaches in Cornwall, and for more information about Cornwall’s beaches and of course beach safety please visit:
One of the most photographed and painted locations in Cornwall with its dramatic cliffs and white sand. Access is via a steep coastal path so not for everyone however there is a small cafe and breathtaking coastal walks to enjoy too.
A wonderful long stretch of beach with many parking opportunities, cafes, surfing spots, a lighthouse and beach perfect for spotting seals on a few meters away from the main National Trust car park. Stroll along the miles of sand, spot rare birds and enjoy the views over to St Ives. (Stay at Pencobben nearby)
A spectacular beach overlooking the whole of Mount’s Bay to the fishing town of Penzance and of course over the causeway to the spectacular St Micheal’s Mount. A lovely sheltered spot to walk along with many places to park and easy access to the beach.
A unique beach situation in the heart of St Ives with a rugged outlook and backed with quirky town houses and artists residence of St Ives. Explore the rock pools, learn to surf, trek up to the small chapel on the point and look back at the beautiful views of this picturesque town or grab something to eat at the beach restaurant. (Stay at Pencobben nearby)
A stunning stretch of beach surrounded by sand dunes and the sound of the sea. Park in the National trust car park and walk over the dunes to this beautifully sandy beach with creek, mobile icecream van and lifeguard. A wonderful family beach and perfect for a picnic in the sanddunes. (Stay at Josiah’s Cottage up the coast in Port Issac)
A beautiful fishing village with two beaches, one is still a working beach where the fishermen come and go and the other a rocky beach perfect for a dip in the sea. Arrive in the early morning to see the fishermen bring in the catch of the day or wonder through Cadgwith’s quaint streets.
A breathtaking beach on the north coast just up from Newquay, it is a well know beach for its annual Beach Polo matches, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant and the beautiful Watergate bay hotel with its veranda over the beach. (Stay in the lovely Port Issac at Waggon house)
The beach closest to paradise with its crystal clear waters and fine white sand. It is a wonderful family beach with a stream, rock pools and The Minnack Theatre dramatically perched above it. A must visit.
In our top 10 not so much for the beach itself, although it is a beautiful beach over looking Portscatho and the Roseland but for the Hidden Hut, a truly unique hut perched just above the beach serving delicious food and famous for their pop up feast nights which sell out in seconds!
- The remote beaches of Cornwall
Our last entry is all those beaches that aren’t on the map. The small coves and sandy beaches only accessible by boat or cliff scrambling. These are the most wonderful and remote spots a world away from it all.