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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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  • 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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  • Crooklets Beach

    Crooklets Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    Wheelchair Accessible

    With pretty rock pools bordering the coastline and beach huts available to hire, Crooklets Beach is the ideal setting to admire one of Bude’s most popular surfing destinations.

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  • East Looe Beach

    East Looe Beach

    Wheelchair Accessible

    A large sandy beach, sitting at the front of Looe Old Town and perfect for the whole family to enjoy beachside activities, including sandcastle building, swimming, snorkeling and admiring the charming views.

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  • Fistral Beach

    Fistral Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Newquay’s iconic Fistral Beach is one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world, a beautiful stretch of golden sand that spectators can enjoy while surfers take advantage of the epic swells.

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  • Great Western Beach

    Great Western Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Wheelchair Accessible

    One of Cornwall’s bustling hubs of coastal activity, Great Western Beach is known for its excellent surf and is a hit with the families.

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  • Gwithian Towans Beach

    Gwithian Towans Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    The beach, backed by an appealing row of sand dunes, is a popular destination for surfers with a great Atlantic swell providing exceptional all year round conditions.

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  • Gyllyngvase Beach

    Gyllyngvase Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    Wheelchair Accessible

    As Falmouth’s largest sandy beach and Blue Flag recipient, Gyllyngvase Beach is the perfect fun day out and great location for water sports, coastal walks and hours of relaxation.

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  • Harlyn Bay

    Harlyn Bay

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    Known as one of Cornwall’s most popular family beaches, Harlyn Bay is a tremendous location with fascinating rock pools, sand dunes and watersports providing hours of seaside fun.

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  • Long Rock Beach Mount Feature

    Long Rock Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    With clear blue waters bordered by soft sands, Long Rock Beach is a family-friendly spot popular with swimmers and sunbathers.  

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