Best Cornwall Beaches

With a sapphire blue coastline spanning more than 250 miles, Cornwall features a variety of beaches from private sheltered coves to white sandy beaches to golden sand stretches of family-friendly beaches. Some beaches are blissfully isolated, while others are bustling with tourist activity. Whether you want to go crab spotting or dip your feet in the balmy turquoise waters, Cornwall fulfills it all and more!

Here are some of quaint coastal country’s best beaches.

Polkerris Beach

This covered habour beach located in a tiny village community of Polkerris overlooks the St. Austell Bay, featuring an array of visitor facilities such as water sports, hiring equipment, instruction sessions and a cute cafe.

Castle Beach

Want to find pleasant natural rock pools at low tide? Castle Beach is the place. The spectacular location offers gorgeous vistas of the Falmouth Bay. If you are taking along a pet, you may want to check on the seasonal dog ban on Castle Beach beforehand.


Nestled bang in the middle of Newquay, this is probably one of the most vibrant beach resort in Cornwall. It is pleasantly juxtaposed between a harbour in the west and a lofty rocky outcrop in the east. Towan is your ideal family beach, featuring small waves and a line-up of tourist activities to ensure there’s never a dull moment.

Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach

This postcard-perfect beach lying on the south-west coast is a cove with flourishing stream snaking through the sandy coast. This makes it a popular paddling destination for tourists.

Porthmeor Beach

Porthmeor is undoubtedly one of Cornwall’s finest and most upscale beaches. It comprises endless stretches of pristine golden sand overlooking innumerable art studios and galleries. Having consistently received the Blue Flag award, the beach offers world-class facilities, including a chic seaside cafe and a surfing instruction school.