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.
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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.
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.
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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Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 - Upton Towans beach is situated near Hayle in west Cornwall.
A real 'locals' beach, off the beaten track and tricky to find without local knowledge. Portheras Cove is on the northern edge of West Cornwall between Morvah and Pendeen. The cove is sandy and located at the end of a small valley.
This attractive fishing village on the Lizard has two small east-facing shingle beaches and home to local fishing boats. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.
A sheltered harbour beach in the small village of Polkerris, overlooking St Austell Bay, boasting a host of facilities including watersports equipment hire and tuition, toilets, a café, shop and pub. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.
Porth beach, on the outskirts of Newquay, is very popular with families with a large area of flat golden sand that offers safe bathing, however surfing is not permitted during the summer season between 10am and 6pm when lifeguard cover is provided. Seasonal dog ban.