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. Sennen Cove Beach | Land's End | Cornwall

    Sennen Cove Beach

    Land's End

    Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014: Big, bold and ever so cool. The most westerly surf spot in the country. With a long, sandy beach and small harbour. A seasonal dog ban is in place.

  2. 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. 

  3. Beaches in Perranporth Cornwall | Perranporth Beach c Adam Gibbard

    Perranporth Beach

    Perranporth

    Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014. Huge beach with golden sand washed by the Atlantic Ocean. Ideal for families, walkers, surfers and even horses. Dogs must be kept on leads between July and August, 9am - 5pm 

  4. 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. 

  5. Porth Beach | Newquay | Beaches in Cornwall c Adam Gibbard

    Porth Beach

    Newquay

    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.    

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