Beaches in South Cornwall

When it comes to beaches, South Cornwall has some absolute gems. There are many family-friendly beaches, such as Par Sands, Seaton and East Looe beach, and there are beaches that are suitable for surfers. Here we’ve rounded up just a handful of the many beaches in the area.

Polkerris BeachPolkerris Beach by Chris Gilson is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Highlights: popular beaches in South Cornwall

  • Par Sands Beach: Par Sands is a beautiful beach that’s very popular in the summer. It’s a large sandy beach and the slope is very gentle making it possible to paddle out for quite some distance
  • Seaton Beach: This huge, sandy and pebbly beach is also very popular during the summer season. There are a number of excellent nearby facilities, including a decent café, and there’s a slipway for launching boats. The waters here are generally safe for swimming, and at low tide a number of interesting rock pools are revealed
  • Portwrinkle: With Hoodny Cove to the west, and Finnygook Beach to the east, there are two delightful beaches at Portwrinkle. The sand at these beaches is fine and golden. Hoodny Cove is quite sheltered, while Finnygook is more open - and more popular
  • East Looe Beach: The beach at Looe is a picture-postcard type of beach, with great sand for castle building and a gentle gradient making it perfect for swimming. Looe town itself is a joy to walk around, and there are many amenities for visitors, such as cafes are pubs. This beach, and Looe itself, gets extremely busy during the height of the season
  • Portholland Beach: East and West Portholland Beach become one when the tide is out, although it’s still possible to move between the two beaches during high tide via a pathway. The beaches are small, get excellent sunshine, and are usually quiet
  • Polkerris Beach: The harbour wall at this charming beach provides good shelter, making the waters great for families with young children. The beach is sandy, with a gentle gradient, and the town has a number of amenities for visitors, including a café and water sport equipment rental facilities
  • Carne Beach: On the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, Carne Beach is a perfect place to find peace and solitude. At high tide, the beach is slender, but at low tide the sand stretches for some way. It’s a good place to swim, and there’s an occasional decent swell making it reasonably popular with surfers when the conditions are right
  • Porthpean Beach: This beach is great for families as it is well-sheltered, making it safe for swimming, and has rock pools for children to explore. There’s plenty of space for youngsters to play without upsetting too many sunbathers, and it has good amenities, including toilets and a car park

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