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.
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.
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
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 - Charlestown beach is a south-facing sloping shingle beach with the eastern beach accessed by steps from the historic harbour, home to the Tall Ships and the western beach via a slipway. Dogs are not permitted on this beach at any time.
Mullion Cove on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula is a small sandy beach, mostly covered at high tide, beside the historic lifeboat station and picturesque Mullion harbour.
Towan Beach is a quiet, south east facing beach near St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula. Towan is a sand and shingle beach, with rock pools revealed at low tide. Dog-friendly all year.
Good Beach Guide recommended 2014: Perranuthnoe beach is located on the south coast around a mile to the east of Marazion, with fine views of Cornwall's jewel, St Michael's Mount.
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014: Coverack is a picturesque Cornish fishing village with a small sand and pebble beach on the eastern coast of the Lizard peninsula. Dogs must be kept on leads.