Readymoney Beach, Fowey

Readymoney Beach, Fowey

Cornwall has one of the highest number of beaches with excellent water quality standards awarded by the Good Beach Guide. The far south west is where you’ll find some of the UK’s top beaches, many of which consistently feature in Top 10 UK or even Top 10 World beaches – like Porthcurno and the National Trust’s Kynance Cove around the Lizard Peninsula Coast. The region is a mecca for surfing holidays and summer family beach breaks with top spots including Newquay’s surf hub Fistral beach and spectacular family friendly beaches like Sennen Cove in the far west.

Wish you were here - cove beaches around The Lizard Peninsula

Wish you were here - cove beaches around The Lizard Peninsula

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Bude Beaches

1. Bude Beaches

Bude beaches including Sandy Mouth, Crooklets and Summerleaze plus beaches on the outskirts such as beautiful Crackington Haven 11 miles south of Bude are amongst Cornwall's best beaches. Consistent award-winners, Bude’s Atlantic coast beaches are popular with families and surfers alike. This seaside town on Cornwall’s North Coast regularly features in top 10 best UK beach destination lists!

2. Carbis Bay, St Ives

Carbis Bay in Cornwall’s far south west is a Blue Flag award-winning beach. This spectacular beach with its pale golden sands covering around 25 acres forms part of the larger St Ives Bay and is backed on by a luxury hotel.

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Watergate Bay

3. Watergate Bay, Newquay

Surfing favourite and great sweeping beach bay Watergate Bay on the outskirts of Newquay is one of Cornwall’s coolest beaches hosting top music festivals on its wide and long golden sands. This North West facing beach bay has excellent water quality, and its 3 miles of golden sands are flanked by a wide choice of luxury hotels and beachside apartments, as well as plenty of great surf schools and the Extreme Academy offering a range of watersports equipment hire and tuition.

 Fistral Beach, Newquay - the UK's Surf Beach Capital

Fistral Beach, Newquay - the UK's Surf Beach Capital

4. Fistral Beach, Newquay

The ultimate surfing chillout beach, Newquay’s Fistral beach is Britain’s top surfing beach hosting numerous international and national surfing competitions. Framed by headlands, and is flanked by stylish contemporary apartments and boutique spa hotels, surfing bars and cafes, surf shops and equipment hire outlets.

Porthcurno Beach, Far West

Porthcurno Beach, Far West

5. Porthcurno, Far West

World famous Porthcurno beach (National Trust) in Cornwall’s far west has featured in many a TV drama. Flanked by high cliffs and rocky headlands, Porthcurno beach has excellent water quality. The open air Minack Theatre looks down on this beach bay from the cliff top to a sublime scene of aquamarine waters and pale white sands. Very popular with families, on sunny summer days, Porthcurno looks more akin to a tropical beach on the Caribbean!

Kynance Cove, Lizard Peninsula

Kynance Cove, Lizard Peninsula

6. Kynance Cove, Lizard Peninsula

The beach coves around south Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula feature some of Cornwall’s most beautiful secluded coves. Most famous is Kynance Cove (National Trust) which many regard as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches with its pale white sands exposed at low tide. Bathers descend down steps to this beach cove beauty.

Sennen Cove, Far West

Sennen Cove, Far West

7. Sennen Cove, Far West

Situated only 1 mile north east of Land's End, Sennen Cove beach in Cornwall’s far west is a favourite summer holiday beach with families, offering gentle surf and a scene similar to best beach bays on the Mediterranean coast. Flanked by cliffs and headlands, Sennen has excellent water quality and all those essential family facilities including beach cafes, ample parking on the cliff top, surf shops and equipment hire and a selection of stunning beachfront cottages and B&Bs near the beach and in nearby Sennen village.

8. Gorran Haven, Roseland Peninsula

The beaches of South Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula are one of the region’s lesser known beach havens featuring a ‘string of pearl beaches’ along the Heritage Coast west of St Austell Bay. Well off the beaten track is beautiful Gorran Haven beach located at the most easterly point of the Roseland Peninsula. Dodman Point shelters two stunning bathing beaches here, both popular with families.

9. Readymoney Beach, Fowey

One of Cornwall’s best cove beaches and a favourite swimming spot with the author Daphne du Maurier, Readymoney Cove Beach in Fowey, South Cornwall sits close to the mouth of the river Fowey and is nicely sheltered by surrounding cliffs.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

10. Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Blue Flag award-winning Porthmeor Beach in St Ives is overlooked by the Tate Gallery and is another Cornish beach in the far west with excellent water quality. Popular with both families and surfers, Porthmeor with its pale sands has been a consistent Blue Flag beach award-winner in recent times, and has numerous onsite and adjacent facilities including a beach cafe and surf schools.

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Accommodation in West Cornwall

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Accommodation on the Lizard Peninsula

  • Near the Lizard   (3.1 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
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  • Helston   (5.5 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
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    4½ miles south of Helston, Mews Cottage recently been renovated to a high standard and sits in 20 acres of award- winning gardens. Close to the beach and nearby fishing villages.
     
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  • Porthallow   (8.6 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
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    Family-run B&B Guest House in Helston, with spectacular countryside and sea views. Double, single & family accommodation. Licensed & offering 3 course evening meals. Pet friendly.
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Accommodation in Bude

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    5 Star Gold Award cottage retreat near Bude with stunning exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings. Underfloor heating throughout. WiFi, parking and patio. Spectacular views.
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  • Bude   (2.5 miles from the centre of Bude)
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    Luxurious romantic hideaway near Bude, 5 Star Gold Award accommodation with underfloor heating, WiFi and spectacular sea and country views. Onsite Pamper Room & meal delivery.
     
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  • Bude   (2.5 miles from the centre of Bude)
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Accommodation near Gorran Haven

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  • St Austell   (5.6 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
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    Attractive single storey barn conversion cottage near St Austell set close to a lovely sandy beach. Enclosed garden, Freeview TV, off road parking & Wi-Fi. Adults only. No pets.
     
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  • Polgooth   (5.6 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
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Accommodation in Carbis Bay

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    Stylish B&B hotel in St.Ives. Accommodation including traditional Cornish breakfasts. Small cottage available. Free WiFi and parking. All rooms en-suite, including family rooms.
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  • Carbis Bay   (0.2 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
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    Stylish one bedroom apartment with views towards Carbis Bay, just a 25 minute walk via the coast path from St Ives and close to the beach. WiFi, patio & garden. Parking for 1 car.
     
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  • Lelant   (1.7 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
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