the best beaches in cornwall

Porthminster Beach in St Ives, Cornwall.

Cornwall is full of incredibly beautiful beaches. So much so, that it can be hard to choose which one you want to go to. That’s why I thought I would share my guide to the best beaches in Cornwall, in my opinion, that is.

kynance cove, the lizard

Just two miles north of The Lizard, Kynance Cove is one of the prettiest and most photographed beaches in Cornwall. It is owned by the National Trust who have a large car park on the cliffs above. We recommend going at low tide when it’s at it’s most breathtaking but be warned, this very popular beach is always very busy in summer.

porthminster beach, st ives

Porthminster Beach, one of two blue flag beaches in St Ives. This a sheltered, family-friendly beach with golden sands has all the facilities you could need. This includes the excellent Porthminster Beach Café and it’s a great option for a windy day as it’s much more sheltered than Porthmeor.

porthmeor beach, st ives

Porthmeor, the second blue flag beach in St Ives, is arguably one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches. Unlike the sheltered Porthminster Beach Porthmeor faces the Atlantic Ocean. The sometimes-bracing winds make it a very popular spot for surfers.

summerleaze beach, bude

Summerleaze Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bude, and with its expansive golden sands and its proximity to town, it’s easy to see why. There’s plenty of room, so even on it hot summer’s day it never feels too crowded, and the sea-water bathing pool on the other side means you can swim in any conditions, regardless of the current.

porthcurno and pedn vounder, penzance

One of the most famous and beautiful golden sand beaches in Cornwall, Porthcurno is a breathtaking tropical paradise that will transport you to the Caribbean. This beach in the valley of Porthcurno village is sheltered by cliffs on both sides and is overlooked by the famous Minack Theatre. When the tides out you can walk over to the neighbouring beach, Pedn Vounder, which is just as beautiful.

godrevy, hayle

The northern tip of Hayle’s three-mile beach, Godrevy is the most dramatic and arguably the most beautiful. The exposed but breathtaking Atlantic position makes it a popular spot all year round with walkers and bathers alike.

sennen cove, penzance

Officially named Whitesands Bay, this beach is known to locals as Sennen, because of the quaint village in which it resides. With nearly a mile of golden sands, this beach is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. It’s also a popular surfing spot as, like Porthmeor, it faces out to the Atlantic Ocean.

mawgan porth, newquay

Just 4 miles North from Newquay, Mawgan Porth beach is slightly off the beaten track, so tends to not overcrowd as much as other beaches during summer. Sheltered by the high cliffs on each side this family-friendly golden sand beach has a vast amount of space, so plenty of room for family fun.

carbis bay beach

Carbis Bay beach is one of only eight blue flag beaches in Cornwall. It’s an expansive, sheltered golden sand beach that’s great for families and has all the facilities you might expect. The tree-covered cliffs on either side protect the beach from the elements and there’s lifeguard cover from July-September.

porthpean beach, st austell

Porthpean is a lovely, safe sheltered beach that’s very family-friendly. There’s plenty of rock pools, safe swimming as well as a sailing club. The beach is cleaned daily in summer and as with many other beaches in Cornwall, dogs are not allowed between Easter and September.

trevone bay, padstow

Just two miles from Padstow you will find Trevone Bay, a popular beach that’s both family-friendly and great for surfing. The expansive golden sands are surrounded by rocky areas on either side, so it’s a great place to take children rock pooling.

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