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 Porthmeor. 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.

  • Porthmeor Beach (St Ives) © Chris Downer | BY-SA

    1. 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…

    Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe Toilets Blue Flag beach
  • Cawsand Bay © Crispin Purdye | BY-SA

    2. 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…

    Lifeguarded beach Toilets
  • Gwithian Beach © Tim | BY-SA

    3. Gwithian Beach

    Gwithian is a very long and exposed sandy beach that joins up with Hayle Towans and Godrevy at low tide. Very popular with surfers of all abilities, although there can be serious rip currents. A car park and cafes above the beach.

    Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe
  • Porthminster Beach (St Ives) © Philip Halling | BY-SA

    4. 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…

    Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe Toilets Blue Flag beach
  • Porthgwidden Beach (St Ives) © Chris Downer | BY-SA

    5. Porthgwidden Beach (St Ives)

    Porthgwidden is perhaps less well known than St Ives' other sandy beaches. All of these have a different character and the same can be said of Porthgwidden. Located between the harbour and Porthmeor beach, Porthgwidden sits in the shelter…

    Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • Porthpean Beach © Rod Allday | BY-SA

    6. 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…

    Lifeguarded beach Toilets
  • Porthgwarra Beach © Derek Harper | BY-SA

    7. Porthgwarra Beach

    This secluded little cove is tucked away just around the coast the coast from Land's End. Barely anyone was familiar with the charms of Porthgwarra until the BBC's 2015 series of Poldark put it on the map. Whilst it is still relatively…

    Lifeguarded beach Toilets
  • Porthcurno Beach © Geoff Cooper | BY-SA

    8. 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,…

    Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • Longrock Beach © Susan Tromans | BY-SA

    9. Longrock Beach

    Longrock beach lies around half way between Penzance and Marazion. Despite being a long sandy beach with views over Mount's Bay and St Michael's Mount, it is rarely ever busy. It does have a slightly scruffy feel in sections where it backs…

    Dog friendly beach Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • Gyllyngvase Beach © Richard Hill | BY-SA

    10. 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.

    Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe Toilets Blue Flag beach