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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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  • porthleven beach

    Porthleven Beach

    S W Coast Path
    TR13 9EH

    A sandy beach that stretches to Loe Bar at low tide that’s popular with experienced surfers.

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  • Porthmeor Beach

    Porthmeor Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Bordered by St Ives’ dramatic headlands and located under the shadow of Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach is a popular destination for hours of beachside amusement.

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  • Porthminster Beach

    Porthminster Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Having been awarded a Blue Flag, this sheltered and secluded beach is a fantastic destination for families, with beautiful views out to Godrevy Lighthouse.

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  • portscatho beach

    Portscatho Beach

    The Roseland
    TR2 5LW

    A rocky easterly facing beach and fishing port on the Roseland peninsula with views out to Gerrans Bay.

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  • Praa Sands Cornwall

    Praa Sands Beach

    Parking Available

    Wheelchair Accessible

    This glistening, white sandy beach perches itself along the South Cornwall coast. With excellent facilities nearby and sublime views, this is a hot spot for families and surfers alike.

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  • readymoney beach

    Readymoney Cove

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    This charming little sheltered beach nestles along the idyllic Polperro Heritage Coast, adding a touch of beauty to your day at the beach.

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    Rock Beach

    Nr Padstow
    PL28 8QL

    A golden sandy beach in the village of Rock backed by a prestigious golf club and with views out to Padstow.

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  • Salcombe South Sands

    Salcombe South Sands

    United Kingdom
    TQ8 8LL

    An unspoilt sandy beach within a sheltered cove in south Devon located in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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  • Sandymouth Bay, Bude

    Sandymouth Beach

    EX23 9HW


    A dramatic stretch of pebble and sand lying between Bude and Morwenstow and backed by sheer cliffs and costal grasslands.

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  • Seaton Beach, Devon

    Seaton Beach

    EX12 2LN

    A gently sloping pebble beach surrounded by stunning countryside with a coastal path walk to a nearby village.

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