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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Accommodation in West Cornwall
Per week (seasonal)
Stylish cottage at Trevose Head Lighthouse, spectacular views across the coastline and secure communal parking. Close to family beach, and 30 minute drive from the Eden Project.
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Detached Marazion property overlooking St Michael's Mount. Spectacular panoramic sea views and electric gate at the entrance. Direct access to the beach. Great for families.
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 3
Rating from 2 reviews
Charming cottage situated in a functional lighthouse, overlooking Pendeen coast. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. On- site parking, fully equipped kitchen and pet friendly.
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Rural cottage at Pendeen Lighthouse, perfect for a country getaway. Stunning coastline views, close to popular walking routes and 5 minutes drive from local village.
Per double room (2 sharing)
Rating from 151 reviews
Stylishly appointed B&B accommodation close to Redruth with double, four poster & family rooms. Large garden with conservatory, parking & bike storage. Hearty cooked breakfast.
Accommodation on the Lizard Peninsula
(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.
(5.0 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
Per caravan/ bunglow per week
Family friendly tourers and camping park near Mullion on the Lizard - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 57 pitches and some 2 bed bungalows, Pets welcome. Sleep 4-6
(7.8 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
Per week (seasonal) Sleep 5 and 6
Two charming self-catering cottages with private gardens near Helston in Cornwall. Ideal for a family, and suitable for guests with pets. Short breaks available.
Accommodation in Bude
(1.3 miles from the centre of Bude)
per person per night B&B (2 sharing)
Rating from 154 reviews
Contemporary designed B&B close to local beaches and Bude. Four stylish guest rooms. Award-winning breakfasts. Spacious garden and deck, free parking and WiFi. Pubs 5 min walk.
(2.9 miles from the centre of Bude)
Per Night B&B (based on 2 adults sharing)
Wonderful Bude B&B surrounded by countryside with two en-suite rooms, delicious breakfasts and parking. Ideal for couples or families. Only a few miles from the Cornish coast.
(1.2 miles from the centre of Bude)
Per week (seasonal) Sleeps 20
Beautifully presented 8 bedroom group holiday accommodation in Bude close to the golf course & beach. Birthday parties, stag/ hen breaks welcome. Surfing lessons arranged.
Accommodation near Gorran Haven
(5.8 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
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Trencreek Farmhouse is a Grade II listed detached farmhouse, surrounded by 7 acres of endless fields and rural countryside. Games room, wood burner, dog friendly. 3 night min stay.
(2.0 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
Per night (2 sharing, seasonal)
Rating from 84 reviews
Friendly, family- run bed and breakfast in Mevagissey, offering excellent seaside accommodation. Parking, free WiFi, and pets welcome. Daily maid service and luggage storage.
(4.7 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
Romantic detached cob cottage on the of Treviskey, a quiet hamlet. Large garden with stunning view. Free Wi-Fi. Each access to countryside and coastal walks. Pet friendly.
Accommodation in Carbis Bay
(1.4 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
Per person B&B (2 sharing)
Rating from 102 reviews
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.
(0.2 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
Price Per Week - Sleeps 2+1
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.
(1.7 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6-4
Welcoming Hoseasons Holiday Park in St Ives ideal for fun filled family holidays to Cornwall. Superb range of holiday bungalows sleeping either 4 or 6 people.