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

Please note that RNLI Lifeguard cover is only provided at just over 20 selected beaches in Cornwall and at only at peak seasons. For more information please read Cornwall Council's Beach Safety Advice

The RNLI provide the following advice:

  • Always swim at a lifeguarded beach
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Never swim alone
  • Know your beach safety flags
  • Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas
  • If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
  • If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can’t see a lifeguard call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard
  • Find out about the beach you’re going to before you visit
  • Check tide times before you go
  • Read and obey local hazard signs

For more information visit www.rnli.org

Tides and currents When on the beach be aware of the tide times, especially high tide, as you might get caught off-guard unable return the way you came and face the dangers of rocks, cliffs and strong underwater 'rip' currents.

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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