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 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

Please note that RNLI Lifeguard cover is only provided at just over 20 selected beaches in Cornwall and at only at peak seasons. For more information please read Cornwall Council's Beach Safety Advice

The RNLI provide the following advice:

  • Always swim at a lifeguarded beach
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Never swim alone
  • Know your beach safety flags
  • Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas
  • If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
  • If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can’t see a lifeguard call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard
  • Find out about the beach you’re going to before you visit
  • Check tide times before you go
  • Read and obey local hazard signs

For more information visit www.rnli.org

Tides and currents When on the beach be aware of the tide times, especially high tide, as you might get caught off-guard unable return the way you came and face the dangers of rocks, cliffs and strong underwater 'rip' currents.

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. Porthpean Beach, St Austell, Cornwall

    Porthpean Beach

    St Austell

    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.

  2. Beaches near Newquay Cornwall | Porth Joke Beach | Polly Joke Beach

    Porth Joke Beach

    Newquay

    A small attractive cove, also known as Polly Joke that is north-west facing and less busy than other beaches nearby, with caves and rockpools to explore.

  3. Porthleven Beach, Helston

    Porthleven Beach

    Helston

    Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014: Three glorious miles of sand and steeply shelving shingle where it is possible to walk in an easterly direction, when the tide is out. 

  4. Mother Iveys Bay | Padstow | Beaches in Cornwall c John Such

    Mother Ivey's Bay

    Padstow

    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.

  5. Beaches in Cornwall | Rock Beach | Camel Estuary

    Rock Beach

    Nr Padstow

    Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014. Rub shoulders with the celebs, get at tan and take a plunge at Cornwall’s trendy destination beach.

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