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. Upton Towans Beach, Hayle, Cornwall c Mike Murphy

    Upton Towans Beach

    Hayle

    Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 - Upton Towans beach is situated near Hayle in west Cornwall.

  2. Portheras Cove, St Ives, Cornwall

    Portheras Cove Beach

    St Ives

    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.

  3. Cadgwith Beach

    Cadgwith Beach

    Cadgwith

    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.

  4. Polkerris Beach, Fowey, Cornwall

    Polkerris Beach

    Fowey

    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.

  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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