14 Very Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit – Hand Luggage Only

Cornwall is an unbelievable area of Southern England to discover! With beautiful coastal cities, some fairly unbelievable castles and essentially the most lovely motels, it’s the form of place that’s as charming as it’s lovely. This is not any extra so than with the picturesque shoreline that’s residence to among the greatest seashores in Cornwall to go to. 

Over the years, we’ve popped throughout to Cornwall many instances, and we all the time discover a new little cove, seashore or coast that’s too idyllic to overlook. With over 400-miles of shoreline, you’ll be completely spoilt for alternative! 

So, to make issues that bit simpler, we needed to share our favorite locations in Cornwall the place you could find an ideal seashore. From tiny little coves to extra full of life and well-liked spots, I assure there’ll be a good few gems that you just’ll love.

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit 

Take a glance, under, at the most effective seashores in Cornwall to go to. Have an incredible time exploring the Cornish coast! 

1.) Lantic Bay

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

Looked after by the National Trust, Lantic Bay is a beautiful space to go to while exploring the south coast of Cornwall. About an hour drive from Plymouth, it’s the most effective seashores in Cornwall to go to in the event you’re wanting somewhat day journey away from the streets of town. 

Although pebbly (very tremendous stones, not massive ones), it’s nonetheless received a heap of appeal and a shoreline that matches any sandy seashore in Cornwall. 

Trust me, the seashore itself is beautiful and, though it may be a steep meander right down to the shore, it’s completely price it. As with all cliff paths, train warning when rambling down and don’t stray off the pathways. After all, nobody need’s a careless hiker. 


Finished lapping up the waves? Drive over to Polruan and be a part of the little boats that jump over to Fowey. It’s the opposite aspect of the River mouth and each are picturesque. 

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2.) Pedn Vounder Beach

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

Perched throughout the bigger Porthcurno Cove space, Pedn Vounder Beach is a shocking place to go to when rambling the South West Coastal Path. Not solely that, however you’ve additionally received close by Porthcurno Beach that’s only a stone’s throw away. In truth, you may simply do each in sooner or later and cease off at Logan Rock to see the sundown views. 

It’s lovely and properly price exploring, so long as you slap that SPF on! Honestly, the wind is misleading right here and you’ll burn actually quick! 

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3.) Perranporth

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

There are fairly a couple of explanation why Perranporth is among the greatest seashores in Cornwall to get pleasure from! Not solely does it have some unbelievable browsing alternatives however it additionally has one large stretch of golden sandy seashores that make this completely idyllic to go to. 

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

Just down the shoreline from Newquay, it’s very easy to go to (and generally somewhat quieter) than the city itself. 

After a day in the surf, seize an enormous ice cream sundae from Perran Dairy Ice Cream Parlour. It’s so good! 

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4.) Pentire Steps Beach

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

Just up the coast from Mawgan Porth, Pentire Steps Beach is a bit more secluded and generally forgotten little gem that’s properly price a go to. Although tougher to entry than among the extra well-liked and greatest seashores in Cornwall, it’s completely price a gander in the event you’re already strolling the coastal route from Porthcothan.

It’s completely blissful and stays comparatively quiet a lot of the 12 months… even in peak season! Just make sure to take all of your seashore provides with you (it’s a trek down) and pay attention to the tides. Tidal ranges might be fairly vital right here and it’s greatest to go away earlier than the tide comes again in. 

Afterwards, take a drive over to Padstow and gorge at Rick Stein’s Seafood Bar for tasty fish and chips.

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5.) Harlyn Bay Beach

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

One of the extra well-liked seashores in Cornwall, it’s an ideal place for all of the household to get pleasure from! Filled with oodles of house and sandy shorelines, it’s the form of spot that’s massive and exquisite. 

Depending on the winds, it’s additionally an ideal seashore for browsing that’s a lot enjoyable! Best of all, there are additionally lifeguards that monitor the shores in the summer time months.

Plus, in the event you’re fancying staying in the realm, verify into the Pig at Harlyn Bay. It’s completely pretty and has such a beautiful vibe. 

6.) Padstow Beaches

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

There’s a heap of the most effective seashores in Cornwall dotted throughout Padstow! This makes it an ideal place to go to in the event you’re desirous to ‘test the water’ and see which you’re keen on greatest.

Some of our favourites are; St George’s Cove, Hawker’s Cove and Butterhole Beach that are comparatively near the city itself. If you’re on the opposite aspect of the bay, try Rock Beach which’s extra good for a stroll (even along with your canine).  

If you’re on the lookout for a barely bigger seashore (with amenities), try Polzeath Beach which’s not too far in any respect. 

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7.) Kynance Cove

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

Possibly the most effective seashores in Cornwall, and photographed for that matter, Kynance Cove is a gem to go to.

The shoreline has some fairly epic blue-inexperienced waters that are so beautiful to see on a nonetheless and calm day. Not solely that, the colorful heathers and stacks coated are completely spectacular to see while on a ramble. 

All these gems imply that it will probably get comparatively busy at Kynance Cove. So, in the event you’re desirous to keep away from nearly all of the crowds then go to on Weekdays and in the early morning (particularly as parking fills up quick).

For an extended ramble, comply with the coastal paths over to Lizard Point. Along the way in which, you’ll get some beautiful views of the Cornish shoreline which might be second to none! 

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8.) Gwithian Beach

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Gwithian Beach is properly-generally known as a surfers hang-out and the most effective seashores in Cornwall for wild sand dunes, too. 

Situated proper by Godrevy Beach, it’s a very nice shoreline that you could simply ramble and go to alongside Towans Beach and a keep in beautiful St. Ives. 

Honestly, it’s the form of seashore that ticks all of the containers. Surfing, households, canines, dunes.. you title it, it’s good for it! 

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

Afterwards, cease by the unpretentious Rum & Crab Shack on the shore of St. Ives, they serve up among the tastiest crabs on this aspect of Cornwall. 

9.) Porthmeor Beach

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If Gwithian and Towans Beaches weren’t sufficient for you, then make sure to jump over to the opposite aspect of St Ives for Porthmeor Beach.

The largest seashore in city, it’s additionally stated to be the best amongst all the most effective seashores in Cornwall. Though, I[‘ll leave you to decide on that one!

Awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness, it’s a stunner of a spot to visit with kids, or alone for a little chill and paddle on the shore.

Afterwards, head to ‘the island’ and ramble across St Ives Head around dusk. The views are lovely on a sunny day. 

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10.) Watergate Bay

One of our favourite bays in all of Cornwall, Watergate Bay is a total gem to explore and just a stone’s throw from nearby Newquay and the airport. 

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With its decent waves and golden sand, it’s one of the best beaches in Cornwall for surfers and swimmers. In fact, this is where we first learned to surf – at the surfing school right by the Watergate Bay Hotel.

Fancy staying over? Check into the Watergate Bay Hotel. We stayed here for a long weekend and totally fell in love with it. It has a real seaside and chilled vibe; plus their rooms are gorgeous. 

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11.) Porthcurno Beach

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Some people say that Porthcurno is directly competing against Perranporth to be one of the best beaches in Cornwall. Though, I don’t think there needs to be any competition at all; they’re both totally idyllic. 

Nestled against towering cliffs which makes it extraordinary and gorgeous to explore. Plus, the turquoise waters are beautiful on a calm day.

Afterwards, take some time to see the totally iconic The Minack Theatre. It’s so incredible and you might even get to watch a show there! 

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12.) Fistral Beach

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Right on the shores of Newquay, Fistral Beach is probably one of the more famous beaches in Cornwall that’s within easy reach of the town. This means it’s a pretty accessible beach for most which make it great for all the family. 

Not only that, Fistral Beach is also the beating heart of the UK’s surfing scene. It’s well worth giving it a shot whilst you’re here. 

Yes, you can expect this place to be crowded at times but it’s got a great vibe and lots of amenities within easy reach of the surf.

13.) Treyarnon Bay

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

A perfect spot to watch the sunset, Treyarnon Bay will never disappoint on a sunny day. With amenities and a small coffee spot, it’s the kind of place that’s well worth a few hours soaking up the rays. 

Though, as with most beaches, be cautious of riptides and undercurrents which can be dangerous. Lifeguards are present in the summer months but you should take extreme care nonetheless. 

14.) Sennen Cove

Best Beaches in Cornwall To Visit

Considered one of the most scenic spots in Cornwall, Sennen Cove is great to visit for its impressive waves and picturesque fishing village.

While you are here, you can also hop over to Land’s End which isn’t too far at all. The whole coastline around here is stunning, especially for a ramble to see Enys Dodnan Arch.

Plus, you can easily partner up a trip to Sennen Cove with a visit to Gwynver Beach, too. 

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