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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.

Keep reading to find the best Cornwall Beach in the UK for you…

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  • Polruan Quay Beach

    Polruan Quay Beach

    United Kingdom
    PL23 1PR

    A sand and shingle beach with safe paddling and lots of boat activity located next to Polruan’s quay.

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  • Polzeath Beach

    Polzeath Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    Get a real taste for Cornwall’s coastal magnificence at this family-friendly sandy beach in the northern coast.

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  • Port Gaverne Beach
    Image Credits: Reading Tom - CC BY 2.0

    Port Gaverne Beach

    Port Isaac
    PL29 3SG

    A sandy hideaway located near Port Isaac and nestled under picturesque cliffs.

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  • Porth Beach

    Porth Beach

    Porth Beach
    TR7 3NH

    A popular sandy beach just a stone’s throw from Newquay where visitors can swim and build sandcastles.

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  • Porthcothan Bay Beach

    Porthcothan Bay Beach

    St Merryn
    PL28 8LW

    A north west facing sandy cove backed by grassy dunes a short drive from St Merryn village.

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  • porthcurnick beach, cornwall

    Porthcurnick Beach

    TR2 5EW

    Visitors will adore this sandy cove based on the beautiful Roseland peninsula where rockpools and watersports await.

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  • porthcurno beach, cornwall (1)

    Porthcurno Beach


    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    An award-winning beach sitting on the far west of the Cornish coast with white sand and turquoise waters.

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  • Porthgwarra Beach

    Porthgwarra Beach

    S W Coast Path
    St Levan
    TR19 6JR


    A picture-perfect fishing cove with rockpools and tunnels to explore.

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  • Porthgwidden Beach

    Porthgwidden Beach

    Saint Ives
    United Kingdom
    TR26 1NR

    A well-equipped beach nestled beneath the grassy slopes of St Ives with stunning views out to Godrevy Lighthouse.

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  • porthkidney beach

    Porthkidney Beach

    Lelant: St Uny
    Church Rd
    Saint Ives
    TR26 3DY

    A mile-long stretch of sand between the mouth of the River Hayle in Lelant to Hawk’s Point in Carbis Bay.

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