The Beach Guide

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 Cawsand 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.

  • Cawsand Bay

    1. Cawsand Bay

    The twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand sit across the Tamar from Plymouth, fringing the southern end of a three mile bay. There are east facing sand and shingle beaches sheltered by Rame Head Peninsula and offering views over Plymouth Sound.

  • Gyllyngvase Beach

    2. 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.

  • Porthpean Beach

    3. Porthpean Beach

    Once known for pilchard fishing, Porthpean is now popular among families seeking a safe sheltered beach. The cliffs to the east of this fine sandy beach are extensively used by nesting birds, whilst the rock pools to its west provide ample opportunity…

  • Porthmeor Beach (St Ives)

    4. Porthmeor Beach (St Ives)

    Porthmeor is the most exposed beach in St Ives, sandy and very popular with surfers due to rare protection from south-westerly gales. A stone's throw from the Tate Gallery, there is a small car park right above the beach and an excellent cafe.

  • Sennen Cove

    5. 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…

  • Fistral Beach (Newquay)

    6. Fistral Beach (Newquay)

    Half a mile west of Newquay, Fistral is considered to be the UK's leading surfing beach. Commonly split into two halves, North Fistral and South Fistral, the beach is long, straight and sandy, backed by steep sand dunes and overlooked by the iconic…

  • Marazion Beach

    7. Marazion Beach

    A sand and pebble beach opposite the iconic St Michael's Mount, which can be reached via a causeway at low tide. Safe and sheltered, with plenty of shops and cafes in the village. There is a good children's playground adjacent to the large grassy…

  • Hendra - Praa Sands Beach

    8. 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.

  • Porthminster Beach (St Ives)

    9. Porthminster Beach (St Ives)

    Porthminster is the easternmost and second-largest of St Ives' four beaches. Sheltered and sandy, with generally calm waters and excellent views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy lighthouse. A short walk from the town centre, Porthminster sits just…

  • Porthcurno Beach

    10. Porthcurno Beach

    Porthcurno is a stunning beach that joins up with two others at low tide to create an expanse of golden sand that runs all the way from the Minack Theatre to the Logan Rock. The clear turquoise water can be good for both swimming and surfing, although…