Cornwall beach guide

Cornwall beach guide Rated the best beaches in the world

Cornwall's beaches are rated among the best in the UK and even the world. Thanks to the our unique position on the UK's south west peninsula, 80% of Cornwall is surrounded by the sea with the longest stretch of coastline in the UK at 476km. 

Find a beach
On this website you can browse through more than one hundred beaches by using the left-hand filters to refine your search and help you find exactly what you're looking for.

Water quality
The Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide tested 82 beaches in Cornwall in 2014 for water quality with a 100% pass rate, and 91% scoring the highest marks available. 

Beach safety
The RNLI provide a life-guard service at the most popular beaches during the busiest months, however visitors are advised to check beforehand for more detailed information at RNLI website.  Be careful when exploring beaches at low tide, don't get cut off, check tide times too before you visit. Safety information notices are provided on site at the most popular beaches. More beach safety tips

If you're looking for a dog-friendly beach...
Some beaches are dog friendly all year round, other beaches operate a seasonal dog ban usually from Easter to October. Activate the dog-friendly filter on the left-hand side to find dog-friendly beaches, checking each beach for seasonal ban details. For further information see Dog friendly holidays in Cornwall 

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  1. Beaches near Padstow Cornwall | Treyarnon Bay Beach

    Treyarnon Bay Beach

    Padstow

    Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014. Lovely clean beach, north-west facing sandy cove surrounded by low cliffs and backed by sand dunes. Popular family beach with an expanse of fine sand at low water. 

  2. Beaches in Newquay Cornwall | Watergate Bay Beach

    Watergate Bay beach

    Watergate Bay

    Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014. Watergate Bay has 2 miles of golden sand, fantastic for surfers + activity lovers of all ages and abilities. Good access. Parking. Toilets. Fantastic amenities. Dog friendly year round. 

  3. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall - Wikipedia

    Porthminster Beach

    St Ives

    Good Beach Guide recommended 2014: This crescent of golden sand, framed by a glittering bay, has glorious views across to Godrevy Lighthouse. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

  4. Portscatho Beach, The Roseland, Cornwall

    Portscatho Beach

    The Roseland

    Scenic village beach facing east on the beautiful Roseland peninsula overlooking Gerrans Bay. Portscatho beach joins Tattams beach and is mainly rocky, with sandy patches.  A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

  5. Porthcothan Bay | Padstow | Beaches in Cornwall

    Porthcothan Bay Beach

    Padstow

    Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014. Porthcothan beach is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes popular for sunbathing and a favourite with families. 

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