Since falling in love with Cornwall and travelling around the coast, I’ve had quite a few people ask me about what are the best beaches to visit.
Cornwall is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and landscapes in the UK. With no more than 300 beaches to visit, I’ve listed my very own Cornwall bucket list of beaches … Now, I have whittled it down to just 30 beaches (trust me, you have no idea how hard it was!). I can only comment and describe the ones I have been lucky enough to visit – hopefully I will be able to update with a bit more travelling! Enjoy!
1. Lusty Glaze
Lusty Glaze is a fantastic family friendly beach, sheltered by tall cliffs. This sandy beach offers excellent facilities such as a cafe, shop, restaurant, toilets and bar. Access to the beach is down steps from the top of the cliffs or a walk along Towan Beach once the tide has gone out.
2. Hawkers Cove
Fistral is definitely one of my favourites! It is one of the most famous beaches in Cornwall and is at the heart of the surfing scene. It is a great family beach with its golden sands and lifeguards present. The beach is split into three areas, south Fistral, main beach and north Fistral. Facilities include cafe, toilets, showers, shops, surf hire and wet suit hire. It’s just a beaut!
4. Harlyn Bay
Just two miles out of Newquay is Crantock Beach, it’s a perfect family beach and you can take the dog too! Powder soft golden sands, high dunes, cliffs, rock pools and caves you can spend the whole day here!
A three mile stretch of soft sands with toilets, restaurants and bars on the beach! Located next to the lovely little town of Perranporth filled with shops, restaurants and bars. We have visited a couple of times as it’s just a great family friendly beach.
10. Carbis Bay
Definitely my favourite place to be this year! Just on the outskirts of St.Ives it could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean spot. The ocean is so clear, turquoise and calm and the sand is so light and soft. Protected from the winds by the high cliffs, you can really be in a world of your own here. Restaurant, beach bar and toilets on the beach. Simply stunning!
11. Praa Sands
A blue flag family friendly beach just a short walk from St.Ives town centre. Excellent facilities including a beach cafe, toilets and mini golf. A perfect beach for safe swimming and water activities.
14. Carlyon Bay
15. Towan Beach
Towan Beach is the most central of Newquay’s beaches lying just below the town itself. The beach is sheltered by Towan Head and provides small waves, ideal for novice surfers and calm waters for safe swimming.
16. Chapel Porth
A stunning little cove hidden away in the cliff side. Access includes an abseil down the cliffs so watch out how much stuff you take to the beach, but it’s definitely worth a visit! With its white, deep, soft sands and clear waters. There are no facilities at this beach – but never the less – it’s such a beautiful hidden little gem.
17. Widemouth Bay
19. Whitsand Bay
20. Holywell Bay
Holywell is a huge beach of golden sand, backed by grassy dunes and is such a popular family friendly destination large enough for everyone to enjoy whatever comes naturally. Go body boarding in the water or stroll across the sands with the dog.Holywell is also a great place to just stop and read a book whilst the kids play in the stream or enjoy the waves … or simply watch the sunset
21. Million Cove
22. Port Isaac
23. Lantic Bay
24. Kynance Cove
Gosh I loved this place! So picturesque it’s unreal. It is a bit of a trek to reach, from the car park at the top, down the cliffs and steps and can be a little bit challenging. A little cafe sits on top of the cliffs where you can relax with a beverage and take in the views.
25. Pedn Vounder Beach
26. Sennen Cove
27. Nanjizal Cove
28. Pentire Steps
29. Portherras Cove
30. Mawgan Porth
Hopefully we can tick a few more of these beautiful beaches of very soon.
Whats your favourite Cornish Beach?
Is it on the list? Drop me a comment below!
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