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

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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. Chapel Bar Beach | Padstow | Beaches in Cornwall

    Chapel Bar Beach


    Chapel Bar lies at the mouth of the River Camel in north Cornwall, a 10 minute walk from Padstow. At low tide, a vast, wide expanse of sand is revealed which stretches around 1½ miles.

  2. Pendower Beach, The Roseland, Cornwall

    Pendower Beach

    The Roseland

    Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 - Popular family beach, south facing about a mile long and sandy that joins with Carne beach at low tide. Dog-friendly all year.

  3. Porthcurno Beach,Porthcurno

    Porthcurno beach


    Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014: An oasis of stunning natural beauty in west Cornwall. Close to The Minack Theatre and The Porthcurno telegraph museum. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach. 

  4. Kenneggy Sands Beach, Penzance, Cornwall

    Kenneggy Sands Beach


    Just one of many secret beaches on the south coast of Cornwall, Kenneggy Sands offers a sandy beach reached at low tide from Praa Sands.  Ideal if you have a keen sense of adventure, this beach is also accessed along a winding clifftop footpath with final descent using chained ladders. 

  5. Lantic Bay, Polperro, Cornwall

    Lantic Bay


    Accessed by a 20 minute walk, this undeveloped, peaceful cove framed by lush countryside and towering cliffs. Dog-friendly all year.