Guide to Cornwall's beaches

The Best Beaches in the Cornwall

  1. Green Bay Beach » Isles of Scilly

    Green Bay Beach

    The biggest, and arguably best beach on Bryher. A wide expanse of fine sand backed by trees and shrubs giving it an almost tropical feel. Green Bay faces out into the shallow waters of the channel between Bryher and Tresco which are a haven for boats of all shapes and sizes.

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    dog friendly
  2. Fistral Beach » North Cornish Coast

    Fistral Beach

    Newquay, if not Cornwall's, most popular beach and at the very heart of the British surfing scene. The beach is a wide expanse of golden sand with the headlands of Pentire and Towan to the south and north respectively. On the Towan headland, overlooking the beach, is the imposing victorian bulk of the Headlands hotel. Fistral is often dived up into…

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    dog friendly lifeguarded cafe toilets good surf
  3. Porthmeor Beach » West Cornwall

    Porthmeor Beach

    Porthmeor is arguably St Ives' premier beach and as such one of Cornwall's finest. The beach consists of a long stretch of golden sand overlooked by numerous artists' studios and the Tate Gallery. Porthmeor is also St Ives' most dramatic beach facing the full force of the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by rugged headlands. As a consistent winner of the…

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    lifeguarded good surf
  4. Appletree Bay Beach » Isles of Scilly

    Appletree Bay Beach

    Whilst you could argue that Appletree Bay is the finest beach on Tresco, if not the Scillies, I find these comparisons a little pointless as virtually all the Scilly's beaches are stunning. The beach at Appletree Bay is everything you could expect and want from a beach. Over half a mile (1 km) of soft, near white sand meets the crystal clear azure…

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    dog friendly
  5. Porthgwidden Beach » West Cornwall

    Porthgwidden Beach

    Porthgwidden is often overlooked in the St Ives beaches stakes. Smaller than the others it does benefit from being more sheltered. It sits in the lee of the Island which blocks out most of the predominant winds and makes Porthgwidden a veritable sun trap. Despite the lack of lifeguards there are plenty of other facilities including a two-storey row…

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    cafe toilets
  6. Porthcressa Beach » Isles of Scilly

    Porthcressa Beach

    Porthcressa beach is a beautiful sandy beach located on the southern side of the Scilly Isles 'capital', Hugh Town. Whilst Town beach to the north is just a touch easier to get to, Porthcressa is a much nicer beach. The sand here is very fine and leads down to the sheltered, turquoise waters of Porthcressa bay. It is backed by promenade which is home…

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    cafe toilets
  7. Greenbank Cove Beach » North Cornish Coast

    Greenbank Cove Beach

    The stretch of coast between Portreath and Gwithian known as North Cliffs is characterised by high, rugged cliffs backed by the level heathland of Reskajeage Downs. In the winter this is a foreboding place and it is not difficult to imagine why there are places with names such as Hell's Mouth and Deadman's Cove. Unbeknown to many people there are actually…

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    dog friendly
  8. Fishing Cove Beach » North Cornish Coast

    Fishing Cove Beach

    The stretch of coast running between Godrevy and Portreath beaches is known as North Cliffs. To most, the only point of interest along here is Hell's Mouth, a small inlet where the sheer cliffs plummet nearly 300 feet (90m) into the Atlantic Ocean below. However, tucked in between Navax Point and Hell's Mouth is a pretty little beach with golden sand…

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    dog friendly lifeguarded
  9. Periglis Beach » Isles of Scilly

    Periglis Beach

    Possibly the most western beach in the guide, Periglis sits on the far side of St Agnes with just Annet and the Western Rocks between it and the coast of America. The beach here is a crescent of coarse, white sand which curves around a small natural harbour with Burnt Island to the north offering the bulk of the shelter. There are twin slipways here,…

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    dog friendly
  10. Swanpool Beach » The Lizard and Falmouth

    Swanpool Beach

    This popular cove is located on the outskirts of Falmouth, around a mile and a half from the town centre. Swanpool is a beach with something for everyone from families to naturalists (but possibly not naturists!). Swanpool beach itself is sheltered and reasonably safe for swimming although, somewhat surprisingly, there is no lifeguard cover. Comprising…

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    cafe toilets