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. A sandy beach with stunning unspoilt surroundings. Cushioned from the wind by the Merope Rocks, Mother Ivey’s Bay lies in a sheltered location. The bay rarely gets too crowded even on the busiest summer days.
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 - A popular sandy family beach near the historic village of Charlestown that offers swimming and space for beach games. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014. Trebarwith Strand is just over two miles from Tintagel along the north Cornwall heritage coastline landmarked by Gull Rock.
Two small beaches of grey stones and rocky outcrops backed by a granite sea wall serve the tiny hamlets of East and West Portholland. Dog-friendly all year.
Mullion Cove on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula is a small sandy beach, mostly covered at high tide, beside the historic lifeboat station and picturesque Mullion harbour.