10 Unforgettable Beaches in Cornwall

Cornwall just may be the location of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Each beach in Cornwall has its own charm and beauty, from hidden coves to vast expanses of golden sands, these beaches are more than just sun, wind, and water. Some of these locations include vast cliffs or large open fields. Some of these beaches have tidepools teeming with vibrant marine life. While others provide family entertainment like local theatre, museums, and aquariums.

Whether you are looking for a beach that’s so private you’ll visit after your wedding or one that’s action-packed and fun for the whole family, Cornwall has the perfect type of beach you’ll want to enjoy. Here is a list of our top ten most unforgettable beaches in Cornwall.

1. Porthcurno Beach

Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall

One of Cornwall’s most picturesque beaches, Porthcurno Beach is nestled in a beautiful cove with sparkling turquoise waters and silky smooth, golden sand. It is a beautiful sight to behold and sits right under the idyllic setting of. 

What to do at Porthcurno Beach?
The water at Porthcurno has been rated some of the cleanest in the world and is safe for swimming. When you are ready for a day adventure, you can walk the beautiful southwest coastal path or head over to the gardens of the Eden Project. Looking for nighttime fun? Visit the beautiful Minack Theatre, a playhouse carved into the side of the cliff. There, you can take in a performance that’s fun for the whole family or make it a date night and see something for the grownups.

2. Fistral Beach

Is surfing your thing? Fistral Beach could be the beach you’ll want to check out. Located in Newquay, this beach is known for its vibrant surf and stunning views of the Atlantic. Fistral Beach attracts surfers, families, and sightseers. A beach full of food trucks, campers, and surfboards, this beach is thriving and full of life and fun. 

What to do at Fistral Beach?
If surfing is what you enjoy, the waves here are known to be very consistent, large, and smooth. It’s a surfer’s dream. Looking to try surfing for the first time? There are multiple surf schools at this location. If you aren’t into surfing, there are other sporty activities to enjoy on this beach such as hiring a fishing boat or heading over to Pirate’s Adventure Golf. As for nightlife, check out Nqy Activity Bar where you can try darts or even axe throwing. For a more mellow quest, the Fistral Spa is the place to be. No matter what, you’ll enjoy Fistral Beach.

3. Kynance Cove

Looking for romance and adventure all wrapped into one gorgeous package? Look no further than Kynance Cove. Located on the Eastern side of Mounts Bay, this beach has everything you could want. It is a sightseer’s dream and is one of the most photographed and filmed beaches in the United Kingdom. If you’re looking for a good swim, this may not be the place for you as the waters can be choppy. 

What to do in Kynance Cove?
There’s plenty to do here at Kynance Cove. For the sweetie in your midst, try visiting the Chocolate Factory and Craft Centre. For the historian in your group, check out the Museum of Cornish Life or Porthleven Harbour. No matter what your interests, Kynance Cove has something for everyone in your group, even offering interests for those interested in marine life on Lizard Pointe, or for the outdoorsy type at Lizard Adventure. This cove is fun for the whole family.

4. Perranporth Beach

Stretching three miles along the North Cornwall coast, you’ll find Perranporth Beach. It is a favourite among tourists for its beautiful golden sands and sparkling waters. Ideal for swimming and sunbathing, there’s not much missing from these golden shores.

What to do at Perranporth Beach?
Perranporth is a cute, cosy beach town. Surf shops, gift shops, and cafés line the streets that lead to the coast in this sleepy little village. The South West Coast Path goes straight through the town if you’re looking for a good beach stroll or a more intense hike. If you want to try your luck at equestrian pursuits, Reen Manor Riding Stables has horses for sunset beach cantors or countryside rides. When in doubt, play in the water. There are even caves and hidden swimming pools to explore. This beach is beautiful.

5. Porthminster Beach

Located in the little town of St. Ives, and sometimes called the St Ives Bay, Porthminster Beach is lush with soft sands, stunning views, and calm waters. An ideal place to swim, there are vantage points all over the island from which to view the coastline and the harbour.

What to do in Porthmister Beach?
If you ever get tired of the clear blue waters and golden sands, the best thing to do is try out paddleboarding, kayaking, or mini golf. This beach is just stunning. Not to be missed.

6. Watergate Bay

If you are a water sports enthusiast, Watergate Bay is the beach for you. A large sandy beach surrounded by cliffs, this beach is windy enough to support kitesurfing, paddleboarding, and surfing. 

What to do at Watergate Bay?
Looking for a bit more of a tranquil experience? Watergate Bay Beach Yoga may be the fit for you. While at Watergate Bay, make sure to check out the Newquay Zoo or the Kidz Zone. This is a place where kids can enjoy game rooms, storytime, and a large outdoor playground.

7. Gwithian Beach

Sand dunes and the stunning Godrevy Lighthouse make Gwithian Beach a must-see. Miles and miles of sandy shoreline create a perfect environment for picnics, beachy strolls, and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the coast. 

What to do at Gwithian Beach?
Paradise Park is our top pick for Gwithian Beach. It’s a wonderful place to get a good look at endangered birds and rare species as well as native UK species. Check out the Godrevy Lighthouse while you’re at Gwithian Beach. Featured in the Virginia Woolfe novel “To the Lighthouse”, this was her inspiration and could be inspirational to you too.

8. Sennan Cove

A picturesque beach well-known for its rolling waves, golden sands, and beautiful sunsets, Sennan Cove is a surfer’s paradise. Originally a fishing village, it is known for its lifeboat house. The harbour houses an inn that can serve as a comfy stop on your way to more adventures.

What to do in Sennan Cove?
Sennan Cove is a surfer’s dream, so there are many surf schools. If you like art, you can check out the Round House and Capstan Gallery, where many local artists feature their work. This gallery contains a gift shop you won’t want to miss.

9. Whitsand Bay

Miles along Cornwall’s Southeast Coast, you’ll find Whitsand Bay. It is a rather unpopulated, secluded beach. Rugged cliffs and expansive beaches define your experience here. Take in the panoramic views as you stretch out in the softest sand.

What to do in Whitsand Bay?
History buffs will want to check out Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park. This historical landmark was the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe and features a sprawling 865 acres of Cornish Gardens. If you’d rather enjoy the eat/drink/shop vibe, Royal William Yard is close by and very popular with tourists and locals alike.

10. Polzeath Bay

Polzeath Bay is another great surfers’ destination. This beach may cater to a more seasoned surfer as well as a novice, so have fun, board enthusiasts. Polzeath is as captivating as all of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches. Unlike some of Cornwall’s other beaches, this beach is very flat and the waters are shallow, making it an ideal family getaway.

What to do in Polzeath Bay?
If you have a beer lover in your crew, make sure to visit the Padstow Brewing Company. Wavehunters Surf School is your destination if you have a budding surfer among you. Art enthusiasts will love the Whitewater Gallery. And the nature buff will enjoy the Cornish Birds of Prey Center. You won’t run out of activities for the whole family in Polzeath Bay.

No matter which Cornwall beach you choose, these beaches will not disappoint. From the golden sands to the clear blue waters, the beaches of Cornwall have everything you need to enjoy a lovely holiday away from the cares of everyday life. Let the warmth of the sun embrace you as you hike along the cliffs or stroll along the sandy shores you will love.

Best Beaches in Cornwall

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The Rosevine Hotel is the ultimate stay in Cornwall for your beachy adventure. Accommodating large or small groups, The Rosevine Hotel offers the comfort and convenience of home with the elegance of a luxury hotel. And there is plenty to do outside the hotel. Beachy strolls and hidden coves and creeks provide a coastal adventure any couple would enjoy. Multiple entertainment options in the area provide fun for all ages. If you’re ready to book your stay at The Rosevine Hotel, visit our website. Ask our friendly team of booking agents for help choosing the perfect apartment to meet your needs. Contact us for more information or directions? Call +44 (0) 1872 580 206 or contact us through our website.

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