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Discover and visit some of the best beaches in Cornwall by using this handy guide

Showcasing some of the finest sands and renowned surfing across the UK, there are Cornwall beaches perfect for everyone.

Explore a wide range of beaches in Cornwall, from expansive sands bursting with life to hidden coves away from crowds. This guide to Cornwall’s best beaches covers all bases, from sunbathing along coastlines, or try some exhilarating water sports.

Cornwall Beaches

Newquay offers a wide range of beaches for all your surfing, sunbathing, and relaxing needs. Spend a relaxing day at Carbis Bay Beach with your pet, stroll along Whitsand Bay‘s golden sands, or simply explore Polzeath Beach. Experience a Cornish surfing holiday by visiting the iconic Fistral Beach, where hundreds of surfers meet to ride the impressive swells from the Atlantic Ocean. Other must-see destinations include Castle Beach, East Looe Beach, Gwithian Towans Beach, and Great Western Beach.

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  • Battery Rocks Beach, Penzance
    Image Credits: Ian Knight(CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Battery Rocks Beach

    Battery Rocks Beach
    Battery Rd
    Penzance
    Cornwall
    TR18 4FF

    Sitting between the historic South Pier and the Art Deco Jubilee Pool, this sand and shingle beach is a gem often overlooked by tourists. Sitting between the historic South Pier and the Art Deco Jubilee Pool, this sand and shingle beach is a gem often overlooked by tourists.

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  • Benoath Cove
    Image Credits: Derek Voller(CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Benoath Cove

    Benoath Cove
    S W Coast Path
    Tintagel
    PL34 0BA

    Discover Benoath Cove from the cliffs above or head down to the sand at low tide for a peaceful dog walk.    

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  • Black Rock, Widemouth Sand
    Image Credits:Pierre Terre(CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Black Rock Beach

    S W Coast Path
    Widemouth Bay
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 0DF

    Visit the wild and rocky end of Widemouth Bay where you’ll find wildlife to be discovered among the rock pools and surfing thrills aplenty.  

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  • Beach at Bosahan Cove
    Image Credits: Nilfanion(CC BY-SA 4.0)

    Bosahan Cove

    St Anthony-in-Meneage
    Helston
    Cornwall

    Reached only on foot or by boat, this sandy cove is a true hidden gem that visitors are likely to have to themselves.

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  • Boscaswell Cliff

    Boscaswell Cliff

    St Just
    Penzance
    Cornwall
    TR19 7ER

    Head to this popular walking spot where you can tread in the footsteps of Cornwall’s miners and spot the remains of the mines themselves.

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  • Bossiney Cove

    Bossiney Cove

    Bossiney Cove
    Tintagel
    Cornwall
    PL34 0AX

    Just a mile along the road from Tintagel lies this picture-perfect cove that reveals golden sand at low tide.

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  • Buckator Beach

    Buckator Beach
    Boscastle
    Cornwall
    PL35 0HL

    Nestled northeast of Beeny Sisters and southwest of High Cliff, Buckator Beach is a rugged stretch of coastline perfect for photography and wildlife enthusiasts.

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  • Carbis Bay Beach

    Carbis Bay Beach

    Dog Friendly

    A pretty seaside resort set among a wooded cliff, with large stretches of golden sand, making it the ideal location for a tranquil rest.

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  • falmouth castle beach

    Castle Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    Castle Beach rests within the shadows of Pendennis Castle on the south coast of Falmouth, popular for its rock-pooling at low tide.

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  • Crantock beach

    Crantock Beach

    Crantock Beach
    Newquay
    Cornwall
    TR8 5RN

    01208863046

    Nestled close to Newquay, this beach is perfect for surfing, sandcastles and exploring local wildlife.

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