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.