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 Kynance Cove. 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.

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    1. Kynance Cove

    Kynance Cove is a picturesque sandy beach two miles north of Lizard Point. A ten minute walk from the National Trust car park, Kynance…

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    2. Porthcurno Beach

    Porthcurno beach is a stunning spot that joins up with two others beaches at low tide to create an expanse of golden sand that runs all the way…

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    3. Pedn Vounder Beach

    One of Cornwall's finest beaches with stunning cliffs of Treryn Dinas, crystal clear turquoise water and a beautiful white sand beach. Take the path from Treen and make sure you have a good pair of walking boots on as the last part down…

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    4. 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…

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    5. Polzeath Beach

    Polzeath is a small seaside resort on the north coast of Cornwall, with a sandy beach that's mostly covered at high tide. Six miles north of Wadebridge, Polzeath…

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    6. Watergate Bay

    Watergate Bay is a large open sandy beach located about 3 miles from Newquay. This beach absolutely radiates space but it still tends to get reasonably busy around the main car park in front of the Watergate Hotel. Being north-westerly…

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    7. Holywell Bay

    A mile-long sandy beach six miles west of Newquay, yet retaining an unspoilt rural backdrop. Whilst never as busy as the main Newquay beaches Holywell…

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    8. Harlyn Bay

    Harlyn Bay is a reasonable-sized stretch of golden sand not far from the popular harbour town of Padstow. Backed by sand dunes and low cliffs…

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    9. Godrevy Beach

    Godrevy is an exposed, sandy beach at the very northern end of Gwithian Towans and cut off from it at high tide. Wild, windy and popular with surfers, there is ample parking in a National Trust car park behind the beach.

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    10. 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…

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