Throughout Cornwall you'll find stunning beaches from white sands to water softened pebbled beaches often only a short drive from your holiday cottage.
This picturesque beach, regularly seen on Cornish postcards, is only a short walk from the National Trust car park. Located on the Lizard Peninsular this beautiful gem is a tourist attraction visited by many. The water, although cold, is clear and calm making it a perfect spot for open water swimming and the cafe near the river is a great resting place for weary walkers or tired day trippers. This beach can get extremely busy in summer and the carpark cannot always cater for lots of people but rest assured there are a few spots along the drive down and when really busy the field opens up as an overflow. A truly memorable beach and must go place when visiting Cornwall.
Located in West Cornwall, Porthcurno beach is award winning for its white seashell sands and clear waters. Accessible by either the South West coastal path for walkers or car for those coming from further afield, Porthcurno beach has a car park, public toilet and cafe. The beach is patrolled by a local lifeguard team from May through to September making it a great swimming and surfing spot. The beach is walking distance from the village, it’s name means Cove of Horns and Cornwall Bay, the beach is the focal point of the village. Dogs are welcome on Porthcurno beach except between 1st July and 31st August when a seasonal dog ban is in place, but outside of those months you’re welcome to bring your furry friends with you.
The closest village to Land’s End, Sennen is a stunning village with a white sand beach that curves around the coastline. The northern end of the beach tends to be more dangerous but as long as you keep within the lifeguards flags you’re in for a great adventure. This is a great rockpooling spot at low tide when the harbor begins to dry out so be sure to bring your bucket! From the public toilets in Sennen Cove in the car park it is just a short walk down to the beach, other facilities include a cafe, surf shop and surf schools.
The large tidal range at this beach makes this Bay perfect for surfing and sunny days topping up your tan. The slipway to the beach is home to cafes, shops, bars and public toilets making it a busy hub as you wander down. Host to surf competitions and near the popular music festival ‘Boardmasters’, this beach is often busy! Your furry friends are welcome here to be sure to bring their treats as an hour charging around this beach will leave their belly growling. The north-westerly facing beach means Watergate Bay often picks up high winds as well as high swell making it a hot spot for surfers, kite surfers and wind surfers alike. You can access the beach via the coastal path along the cliff top or via the roads making it easy to get to from any direction.
One of the safest beaches on our list, Polzeath is a large sandy beach at low tide welcoming sand castle builders and sunbathers to the ¼ of a mile beach. You’ll often see longboarders here thanks to the slow breaking consistent wave, even if the surfs flat you can enjoy a drink and a snack from the cafe and pubs a short walk from the beach in the village of Polzeath. Walkers and drivers can easily get to this beach thanks to the easy access and car park attracting visitors from all over Cornwall.