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Beaches in Cornwall

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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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  • Millendreath Cornwall beach

    Millendreath Beach

    Parking Available

    This small, yet beautiful beach that is sheltered by Looe Cove and covered in golden sands and rock pools, is perfect for exploring the microhabitats of local sea creatures.

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  • Millook Haven Beach
    Image Credits: Edmund Shaw - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Millook Haven Beach

    EX23 0DF

    Watersports enthusiasts will love this well-known surfing spot located just four miles from Bude.

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  • Mousehole Beach

    Mousehole Beach

    TR19 6PR

    Visitors will love this harbour beach nestled in one of Cornwall’s most charming villages.

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  • Mullion Cove Harbour
    Image Credits: Nilfanion - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Mullion Cove

    Nansmellyon Rd
    TR12 7ES

    01326 291174

    A rugged Victorian harbour sits in front of towering cliffs with views out to intriguing islands.

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  • Nanjizel Beach

    Nanjizal Beach

    St Just
    TR19 7AH

    Walkers will love the secluded sand and pebble delight of Nanjizal Beach, which enjoys a prime location at the end of a shallow valley.

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  • Newlyn Tolcarne Beach

    Newlyn Tolcarne Beach

    Fore St
    TR18 5JR

    A quiet beach nestled on the edge of Newlyn where visitors can walk their dogs.

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  • Newquay Beach

    TR7 1EA

    At low tide three beaches become one close to the heart of bustling Newquay, offering visitors a fun-packed seaside day out.

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  • northcott mouth beach

    Northcott Mouth Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    A glorious stretch of sands also home to part of the striking Bude Formation – a series of stunning rocky peaks peppered along the North Cornwall coast.

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  • aerial view of pedn vounder beach, penzance
    Image Credits: Jim Champion - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Pedn Vounder Beach


    Dog Friendly

    A breath-taking beach and star of the screen boasting dramatic cliffs, white sand and turquoise waters.

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  • pentewan beach cornwall

    Pentewan Beach

    Saint Austell
    United Kingdom

    A privately-owned white sand beach sitting between St Austell and Mevagissey that’s perfect for family beach days.

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