Beaches in Cornwall
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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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A large west-facing beach with plenty of sand at high tide and popular with families. Backed by the steep headland cliffs, Mawgan Porth offers a sheltered stretch of beach halfway between Newquay and Padstow.
A wild and romantic cove with a small west-facing beach, Duckpool is often less crowded when other beaches are buzzing at the height of the season.
Swanpool is a sandy cove on the outskirts of Falmouth and proud of its friendly, fun and welcoming environment. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.
A stunning beach that at low tide forms long stretches of golden sand back by dunes from Daymer Bay to Rock backed with superb views across Camel Estuary.
Talland Bay is a small and quiet place midway between Looe and Polperro. There are two principal beaches in Talland Bay, both are quite small - one slightly to the west has sand both at high tide and low tide and is good for swimming at both high and low tides.