Cornish Beaches

In the local area, Watergate Bay and the surf beaches of Newquay lie within five miles along the coast road southwards, and the seven bays and beaches of St Merryn and Padstow are 10 miles to the north. Further afield, the beaches of Marazion, St Ives, Sennen, Kynance Cove, Falmouth, Perranporth and Porthcurno are among the top ten in the county (according to the Cornwall Guide). But Cornish beaches aren’t just for the summer. If it turns nasty outside, do what the locals do: wrap up warm, take a brisk walk in the wind and watch the waves crash on the rocks; let the Cornish sea air blow the cobwebs away while you build up a hearty appetite.

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Check out our favourites in the list below;

Mawgan Porth Beach

Just 300yrds away from The Park. Miles of golden sands and surf with pubs, cafes and shops nearby. Lifeguards only on duty between April-Sept.

Newquay Beaches

All have something different to offer – Fistral is great for surfing, the town centre beaches of Tolcarne,  Great Western and Towan are popular with families and beach goers.  Most are lifeguarded seasonally and are dog friendly year round.

Crantock Beach

Large sandy beach not far from Newquay. Lifeguarded (summer), rock pools at low tide, dog friendly year round, tricky access through sandy dunes.

Porthminster  Beach:  Lifeguarded (summer), great views over St Ives Bay, calm sea for swimming,  café and bistro nearby and short walk from St Ives town centre.

Carbis Bay Beach: Large expanse of Cornish sands.  Amazing views over St Ives Bay.  Usually sheltered with a  calm sea making it good for swimming.  Paid-for parking, café and toilets nearby.

Kynance Cove:  Owned by the National Trust on the Lizard Peninsula.  Access is quite tricky via a 15 minute walk down an unmade path.  Sandy beach with large rock formations – surrounding grassy areas to sit and take in the views.  Limited facilities but good paid-for car park nearby.

Praa Sands Beach:  Large expanse of golden sand.  Enjoyed by families and beach goers, also popular with surfers.  Good facilities including, cafes, shop and hire, toilets and paid-for parking. Lifeguarded in the summer.

Porthgwidden Beach:  Small sheltered sandy cove.  Spectacular views observing the boats coming to and from St Ives harbour.  Godrevy lighthouse is visible in the distance.  It’s a sheltered beach so popular with families as the sea is usually calm.  Facilities include beach huts, take away café, small restaurant and toilets nearby.

Gyllyngvase Beach:  Situated on the outskirts of Falmouth on the sound coast.  Sandy crescent backed by beautiful gardens.  Usually calm sea making it excellent for swimming.  Popular with families and beach goers.  Great facilities including toilets, a take away, café and nearby parking.beach fun and surfing