Cornwall Beaches and Coast

Cornwall is the peninsula on the south west of Great Britain with over 200 beaches. Cornwall along with Devon have been the UK tourist hotspots where people return year after year to enjoy its varied north and south coastlines. On the northern and west Atlantic shore it is exposed and wild with sheer cliffs and beaches of fine gold sand to be found at the likes of Watergate Bay, Perranporth, St Ives and Bude.

On the English Channel south coast the white, sandy beaches are more sheltered like at Falmouth. This coastline is known as the Cornish Riviera as it's more temperate with fine fishing villages. The rivers in this area are also popular with tourists for fishing, boating and canoeing.

The South West Coast Path takes you on a walking tour of both coasts. Lizard Peninsula is a good example of an ophiolite (ocean crust) forming fantastic cliffs at Kynance Cove.

Other attractions in Cornwall are the historic and prehistoric sites legacy of the Bronze Age, the countryside where Celtic crosses rear up from the rugged earth, the museums and the quaint villages. Surfing is very popular in the area with Newquay and Porthtowan providing local and national surf events.

Cornwall conjures up memories of biting into steaming pasties and indulging in cream teas after hours on the beach or exploring.

Whether you are looking for a quick break, a long relaxing holiday or just a few romantic nights away, Cornwall really does have it all! Just remember to book accommodation early as everyone loves going there so it gets full rather quickly!

Nearest Beaches in Cornwall

  • Porthmeor Beach

    Porthmeor beach is perfect for families, as the beach sits in the town of St Ives and is backed by the Tate St Ives. The beach has good sand at the top and then a slope at high water mark takes you to a large expanse of flat compact sand. Surf read more

  • Porthcurno Beach

    Porthcurno Beach is a beautiful white sand southeast facing beach in the western corner of the very lovely Porthcurno Bay. The beach has a deep shelf into the sea at high tide that adults would find a challenge and so care must be taken with children. Bordered by the Minack read more

  • Gyllyngvase Beach

    Gyllyngvase beach is a popular wide crescent shaped, gently shelving sandy beach with rock pools to explore. A great location as it is only a 15 minute walk away from Falmouth centre. Popular surfing beach. Facilities include toilets, shop, cafe, lifeguards in the summer, car park and road parking, disabled read more

  • Gwithian and Godrevy Beach

    Gwithian / Godrevy beach is one of the best stretches of golden sand in Cornwall and is popular with both families and surfers. Located at the end of the long Hayle beach, within St Ives Bay, at low tide the two beaches are joined together. The area (sand dunes and read more

  • Black Cliff Beach

    Black Cliff beach, sandy beach stretching between Hayle Towans and Mexico Towans. Sheltered by cliffs and backed by dunes. You often get some large areas of shallow water near the cliffs when the tide is out that provide great safe play for small children. The beach gets its name from read more

  • Bamaluz Beach

    Bamaluz beach is a small sandy beach with large boulders that all but disappears at high tide. The beach is situated just north of the harbour wall and bellow St Ives Museum. This beach is known within St Ives for allowing dogs and so is typically used by dog owners. Car read more

  • St Ives Harbour Beach

    St Ives Harbour is a working harbour but as the tide goes out you have a small sandy beach protected by the harbour walls and within the heart of St Ives. Very busy area with restaurants and pubs but also you can hire boats and take seal trips from here. read more

  • Summerleaze Beach

    Summerleaze beach is located within a short walk of Bude town centre making it a very popular family sandy beach. However, as it is so large at low tide it never feels over crowded. Summerleaze beach has on one side a large breakwater complete with tower protecting a small harbour and read more

  • Swanpool Beach

    Swanpool beach is a small east facing sand and pebble cove on the outskirts of Falmouth. There is level access to the beach and excellent facilities are close by. There is a footpath around Swanpool Lake (good for birds) to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Nature reserve beyond, and a coastal read more

  • Portreath Beach

    Portreath beach is a sandy beach with cliffs at one end and harbour at the other. At high tide the beach is split into two. The name Portreath means “sandy cove” and is popular with body boarders and surfers. The harbour is steeped in history as it was the main read more

  • Porthgwidden Beach

    Porthgwidden beach is a small sandy sheltered beach to the north of St Ives harbour. As well as the sand you have some interesting rocks to explore. The beach is positioned within the town between the bigger St. Ives beaches and more visitors tend to head to these bigger neighbours read more

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