Where are the best beaches in Cornwall?

Posted on 10th March 2014

Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK for a reason: it boasts some of the best beaches in the world and a number of other attractions.

One of the main draws – if not the biggest of all – for holidaymakers is the county’s golden sandy beaches which offer visitors a number of coves and rock pools to explore, as well as some of the most stunning coastline in the UK.

Here, we are looking to help those of you staying in top-quality Cornwall coastal cottages to find local beaches that will leave you and the whole family feeling happy.


Some beaches in Cornwall have spectacular rock formations, whilst others are great for surfing, but Porthcurno in the west of Cornwall boasts a beach that has rightly been described as ‘paradise’.

It has won countless awards and its golden sand and turquoise-coloured waters attract thousands of bathers every year.

Porthcurno’s cliffs are home to the world famous Minack Theatre, which is certainly worth a visit, and its shores often attract hoards of harmless basking sharks in the summer.

Dogs are also allowed on the beach, but only during the winter.

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Watergate Bay

Cornwall beaches don’t come more family-friendly than Watergate Bay.

Watergate Bay offers beach goers over a mile of sand that is overlooked by huge, dramatic cliffs that are home to a variety of different bird species.

The beach is also home to the Extreme Academy, which offers families a number of adrenaline-fuelled activities. Extreme Academy gives families the opportunity to learn surfing, kitesurfing, waveski, kite buggying, land boarding and mountain boarding.

There are a number of excellent restaurants that are also located close-by to Watergate Bay such as Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall and the popular Beach Hut café and restaurant.

Summerleaze Beach

Summerleaze Beach is certainly one of the best places to visit in Cornwall as not only does it have golden sands, but it is also accompanied by the famous sea pool which is perfect for children learning to swim.

The breakwater by Summerleaze beach offers walkers great sea views and the Bude lock gates are also certainly worth a visit.

Summerleaze is often busy in the summer months as it attracts lots of surfers looking to take advantage of the beach’s great surf conditions, as well as sunbathers staying in the nearby Cornish holiday cottages to rent.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove in the Lizard offers visitors spectacular rock formations, large caves and stacks of red and green marble-looking rocks that burst out of the sand.

Kynance Cove is not only regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall – it is considered to be one of the prettiest in the whole world.

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