Cornwall Beaches

Cornwall has unarguably some of the best, most picturesque beaches in the UK, and they are varied too. There are secluded and quiet beaches, some of which are only accessible by scrambling over rocks, and then there are the great, golden expansive beaches that are busy year round.

It’s off the beautiful coast of Cornwall that the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean converge in a dramatic fashion; and the beaches themselves are often backed by grass-tufted sand dunes or heather-topped cliffs. The fine, golden sand and clear water makes them the perfect destination for sunbathers and fans of water sports alike, and the rock pools, cafes, restaurant and other amenities provide plenty to keep visitors of all ages occupied.

If Newquay is the UK’s surfing capital, then Fistral beach is the surfing capital of the surfing capital. Fistral is a great place for experts to perform their tricks, and for spectators to watch. It’s also a great place to learn, and there are plenty of surf schools and rental shops in the area.

There are hundreds of beaches in Cornwall, however The Strangles, Watergate Bay and Porthcurno Beach all warrant a mention; each of them truly stunning beaches and each with their own unique character.

Find out more about some of Cornwall’s many beaches in our guides below.


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Our Guide to Surfing in Newquay


Newquay is the UK’s surf capital thanks to its consistent waves, fantastic beaches and great weather. Whether you want to start learning or you’re looking to improve your skills, Newquay is filled with surf schools and the best beaches …

Our Guide to Beaches in Bude

Beaches in North Cornwall

This part of the Cornish coast offers huge stretches of sand for sun worshippers to bathe on, a rocky coastline creating great waves for surfers, and fantastic wildlife habitats for those looking to spot dolphins and birds of prey. Sandymouth …

Our Guide to Beaches in St Ives

Beaches in West Cornwall

A visit to the historic Cornish town of St Ives wouldn’t be complete without spending time on at least one of the area’s beautiful beaches. Find out which stretches of sand are not to be missed in our guide. Porthkidney Beach …

Our Guide to Beaches in Newquay

Beaches in North Cornwall

Planning a day out by the sea as part of your trip to Newquay? Choose which beach is best for you from our guide to our five favourite seaside spots. Fistral Beach Fistral Beach image  by  Thomas Tolkein  is licensed under  …

The Best Beaches in Cornwall


A selection of the best beaches in Cornwall, from secluded coves to family friendly beaches, there is something to suit everyone. 

Dog Friendly Beaches in West Cornwall

Beaches in West Cornwall

Fancy a pet friendly holiday along the west coast of Cornwall? If so make sure to check out this fantastic selection of dog friendly beaches in the area.

Best Beaches in Cornwall for Families


Discover the best family-friendly beaches in Cornwall with our handy guide. We take into consideration everything from car parks and facilities, to child-friendly activities nearby, so that you can find the perfect Cornish beach for you and your …

Top Beaches for Watersports in Cornwall


The Sykes Cottages guide on some of the best beaches for watersports in Cornwall.