Wow! Five Sandy beaches to visit this summer

Despite some fantastic inland landscapes, food you can die for, and world beating tourist attractions, we know what many of you come to Cornwall for? Its sandy beaches... Here's just a handfull of some of our favourites... We have over 300 beaches to choose from so don't just head to these, get out there and find your own little patch of paradise!

Swanpool Beach, Falmouth
Falmouth has a host of beaches to choose from, but for the locals it has to be Swanpool. It has everything you need to have a fun family beach day, with its mix of shingle and sand, and crystal clear water benefiting from being sheltered by cliffs. There's a carpark nearby, crazy golf and a beach café, plus you have the Swanpool if you fancy a change from the beach and want a gentle walk somewhere a little quieter.

Polkerris Beach, nr Fowey
Polkerris Beach is a bit of a Cornish secret, covered with golden sand and hidden away on the south coast between St Austell and Fowey. It’s a perfect harbour beach for all the family; reached down a hill from the carpark. Once there, take advantage of an abundance of watersports on offer, grab a pizza or a bowl of mussels at the old lifeboat station, or enjoy a cool drink at the pub.

Watergate Bay, nr Newquay
Cornwall's north coast is spoilt for choice when it comes to sandy beaches. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, Watergate Bay is as good as any of them, it has two miles of golden sand at low tide, offering a great place to walk the dog all year round, plus out to sea, enormous waves come in from the Atlantic providing a spectacular sight and a popular surfing and kitesurfing spot. Add to this several good places to eat and drink, what more could you want?

Sennen Cove, nr Land's End
As you descend the hill from Sennen, it’s not long before your view is full of sea and sunshine. Some days huge blue rollers head towards the shore making Sennen Cornwall’s most westerly surf hotspot, other days the tides out and two miles of golden sands provide plenty of space for everyone to enjoy. And with a selection of places to eat, drink and shop, including art galleries, it's easy to while away to whole day here and then catch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.

Porthkidney Beach, nr Carbis Bay
Porthkidney Beach is a vast expanse of sand, at low tide the beach seems to go on and on out to the sea! Plenty of space to exercise or just sit and take in the vista across St Ives Bay. The beach is backed by picturesque sand dunes and West Cornwall Golf Club. The neighbouring beach of Carbis Bay, which sits the other side of the Hawks Point headland, is a short walk along the South West Coast Path, which then proceeds to St Ives. No lifeguards so please be careful swimming here.

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