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 Porthgwidden. 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.

  • Porthgwidden Beach (St Ives)

    1. 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 of 'the…

  • Porthmeor Beach (St Ives)

    2. 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.

  • Gyllyngvase Beach

    3. 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.

  • Trebarwith Strand Beach

    4. 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…

  • Cawsand Bay

    5. 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.

  • Porthcurno Beach

    6. 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…

  • 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…

  • Gwithian Beach

    8. 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.

  • Polzeath Beach

    9. 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 is popular with both surfers and holidaymakers and can get crowded in summer. Plenty…

  • Hendra - Praa Sands Beach

    10. 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.