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Best Beaches in Cornwall

Cornwall and its golden beaches have for many years been a go to destination for UK holiday makers. Dramatic coastlines, filled with long sandy beaches, quaint sea side villages and breath taking cliff top view points rival any seaside destination. Surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean Cornwalls north coast offers large open sandy beaches whilst the south coast is often home to smaller bays and hidden coves. Whether you’re visiting Cornwall for a short weekend break or a longer holiday here’s our top 5 beaches to visit in Cornwall.

Fistral Beach, Newquay

First up is arguably the most well known beach for surfing in the UK. The home of British surfing Newquay’s Fistral beach is popular choice for those wanting to try their hand at surfing and soak up the atmosphere that only the capitol of UK surfing can claim. The Newquay area has no less than 7 beaches within a short distance (many walkable at low tide) and the town itself is bristling with surf shops, surf schools and cool cafes & restaurants.

best beach cornwall fistral newquay

Places to check out: Get active with a surfing lesson or coasteering session. Stroll around the town, check out the harbour and enjoy some great food at one of the many artisan cafes and restaurants.


Often quieter than its Newquay counter part and on the southern side of Fistral beach, Crantock beach is a family paradise. As with many beaches in Cornwall, Crantock is hemmed in by large headlands which form the dramatic bays. Crantock’s jewel in the crown is the small estuary which runs for most part of the year along the northern edge of the beach. At the right tide the river Gannel fills in and offers fantastic paddleboarding, kayaking and paddling for all ages.

best beach cornwall crantock

Places to check out: Fen pit cafe - catch the ferry over the river and try out a Cornish cream tea or Cornish orchards cider.

Watergate bay

Another family favourite Watergate Bay has everything for a day at the beach located right on the sand. Watergate bay itself nestles in to a small steep sided valley which funnels down towards the ocean. The beach at low tide provides the opportunity for a long walk as it connects to neighbouring beaches Whipsiderry beach and Porth beach.

best beach cornwall watergate bay

Places to check out: Jamie Oliver's 15 restaurant & Watergate bay hotel.

Kynance Cove

Located on the rugged Lizard peninsular, Kaynace cove must be one of the most picturesque beaches in the UK. Due its sheltered nature you’ll often find turquoise water and white sands creating you. Although quite a distance from the more popular tourist towns your sure to find some fellow beach lovers soaking up this stunning location.

best beach cornwall kynance cove

Places to check out: Great little cafe on the beach. Lots of coastal walks in and around the Lizard point.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Porthmeor beach is another beautiful Cornish beach located right in the heart of one of Cornwalls most idlic towns. St Ives has won many awards over the years, most notably achieving the title of Best UK Seaside Town from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011. As with many coastal towns St Ives developed as fishing village with records dating back to as early as 1312. Packed full with little shops, cafes and of course the Tate art gallery there’s lots to do and see whilst not exploring Porthmeor beach.

best beach cornwall porthmoer

Places to check out: The Sloop Inn dates back to 1312, The Tate Gallery or get active and rent paddle boards, kayaks or surf lessons.
Chloe Demaret
Posted: December 07, 2018 by Chloe Demaret
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