Beaches in Cornwall
Beaches Hundreds of beaches to discover
Cornwall's beaches are rated among the best in the world with six beaches awarded international Blue Flag status in 2012. 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. 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 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.
If you're looking for a dog-friendly beach...
Some beaches are dog friendly 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 about dog-friendly holidays see our Essentials page.
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Great Western is a one of four Newquay beaches popular with both surfers and families alike, with caves in the surrounding cliffs and rock pools to explore at low tide.
Gwithian offers a broad spacious sandy beach popular for surfing and seldom crowded and great for taking a walk. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach between Ceres Rock and Red River.
The smallest beach of soft golden sand in St Ives, near to the Island, and very popular with families as it is very sheltered and quite an east-facing sun trap. A seasonal dog ban applies on this beach.
Beach washed by giant waves with spectacular views out to sea.
A beach on the shores of a river in a gorgeous wooded location surrounded by abundant wildlife and tranquil waters.