Cornwall is famed for its coastline, with miles of golden sandy beaches and hidden coves just waiting to be explored.
The county is a beach lover's paradise with something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a spot to have fun with the kids (and sculpt that perfect sandcastle) or somewhere to relax, unwind and soak up the summer sun, there's a beach for you in Cornwall!
In fact, there are so many beaches to choose from (many of which are award-winning, Blue Flag beaches) that it can be hard to know which ones you should visit. To help you on journey to a sandy utopia we've put together a guide to some of the best beaches, including many that are only a skimming stone's throw from our Cornwall holiday park
Our guide to Cornwall's best beaches
Talland Bay is a small and quiet place midway between Looe and Polperro. There are two principal beaches in Talland Bay, both are quite small – the one to the west has sand both at high tide and low tide and is good for swimming at both high and low tides.
A lovely bucket and spade style beach located on south east Cornwall’s tranquil coast. A long-time favourite with holidaymakers, it’s a perfect location for swimming as the beach gently shelves providing easy access especially for the little ones
Lansallos Beach is one of Cornwalls hidden treasures. Also known as West Coombe, it is a quiet, attractive, south facing cove of sand and rocks near Polperro. There is a small waterfall on the western side of the beach which used to power a small mill.
The beach’s of Whitsand Bay offer three miles of stunning sand from Rame Head to Portwrinkle and are considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. Reached by steep paths and steps that wind down between the verdant vegitation, these beaches are never crowded.
This lovely family beach with large cafe, shop and toilets set in a quieter part of Cornwall has everything you need for a memorable day out. Ideal for sailing, surfing and shore fishing and for the younger ones some paddling and splashing in the river.
This wide, straight beach is made up of shingle and sand with rock pools at low tide. It won a Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide award in 2017 for Excellent water quality. A sea wall along the back of the beach gives walking access to Seaton.
Fistral Beach needs little introduction. Regarded as one Europe’s best surfing beaches, Fistral is backed by high cliffs and sand dunes, and is the playground for enthusiasts who flock to the beach to get a fix of the big waves but is also a great spot for families.
Crantock is a beautiful, quiet beach on the north coast that’s just a short distance from Newquay – but escapes all the hustle and bustle that goes with its vibrant neighbour. It’s popular for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and wind-surfing or having fun with the kids!
This award-winning beach near Wadebridge attracts a multitude of surfers due to its easily accessible location and long slow breaking consistent waves. Its sister beach, New Polzeath, to the right, is a favoured location for swimming away from the surfboards.
Holidays in Cornwall
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