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Best beaches in Cornwall

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Cornwall as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Cornwall is Treyarnon Bay. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Cornwall just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Treyarnon Bay

    Treyarnon Bay

    Treyarnon boasts one of the most unspoilt beaches in North Cornwall. Its sandy bay lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty next to Constantine Bay.

  • 2. Charlestown Beach

    Charlestown Beach

    Charlestown has a Georgian harbour that may be recognised from several film and television programmes. A fleet of tall ships currently resides in the harbour. There is a sand and stone beach to the east of the harbour and a small pebble covered…

  • 3. Sennen Cove

    Sennen Cove

    Sennen Cove is the nearest village to Land's End. An excellent sandy beach extends for a mile, becoming wilder and more dangerous at the northern end. Very popular with surfers and families. Facilities include a pub, cafes, a surf shop, two surf…

  • 4. Hendra - Praa Sands Beach

    Hendra - Praa Sands Beach

    A mile long sandy beach with some rocky patches. The eastern end has many rocks and pools. The western end has fewer rocks and this is where all the amenities can be found.

  • 5. Cadgwith Cove

    Cadgwith Cove

    Located just around the corner from the Lizard Point (mainland Britain's most southerly point) is the picture postcard fishing village of Cadgwith. Here, the jumble of whitewashed thatched cottages spill down the hill to a small shingle beach which…

  • 6. Coverack


    Coverack is a picturesque fishing village on the Lizard peninsula, with a small sand and pebble beach, popular with families. Diving is also popular, due to a group of treacherous rocks known as the Manacles, where numerous boats have been wrecked.…

  • 7. Trebarwith Strand Beach

    Trebarwith Strand Beach

    Trebarwith Strand is a large, sandy beach a couple of miles south of Tintagel. Backed by cliffs and caves and lying at the bottom of a deep valley, the beach is completely covered for several hours at high tide. Popular with surfers and accessed…

  • 8. Padstow Beach

    Padstow Beach

    Padstow used to be a thriving fishing port. Now it is a typical picturesque Cornish village with narrow streets and pastel white-washed walls, geared mainly for tourism. It is set on the Camel estuary with extensive areas of sheltered sand.

  • 9. Porthbean Beach

    Porthbean Beach

    Porthbean beach lies in Garrans Bay, south of Nare Head on the South West Coast Path, and is only accessible on foot. There is a hotel on the headland (shown in the photo) and the village of Trewithian is about 3/4 mile back from the coast.

  • 10. Gyllyngvase Beach

    Gyllyngvase Beach

    Gyllyngvase Beach is a sheltered sandy beach on the outskirts of Falmouth. The most popular beach in the area, Gyllyngvase has plenty of facilities and good disabled access. A range of activities are on offer.