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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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. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.
Award winning Blue Flag 2013 beach where you can freshen up and get active or chill out with a sunset cocktail at one of west Cornwall’s favourite beaches. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.
Hannafore Beach lies about half a mile east of Looe with views of St George's Island offshore. Comprised mainly of sandy shingle the beach has a rocky reef uncovered at low tide with fascinating rock pools to explore.
Newquay's hidden gem of a sandy beach, well sheltered by surrounding high cliffs, with loads of activities for everyone. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.
An undeveloped, peaceful cove framed by lush countryside and towering cliffs.