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
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Wide range of self catering holiday cottage accommodation set in 40 acres of sand dunes at Riviere Towans near St Ives and Hayle on the Cornwall coast. Visit website for details.
per week (sleeps 4-6)
Rating from 135 reviews
Family-run caravan park, close to beaches, Penzance and tourist attractions. Pet friendly. FREE Wi-Fi. Choice of modern and fully fitted holiday homes. Great on-site facilities.
Per room, per night
Rating from 214 reviews
Newly refurbished Travelodge hotel in Hayle with ensuite double & family guest rooms. Free Car Parking, 30 minutes initial free Wi-Fi, flexible check in/ out times. Pet friendly.
Based on 4 nights
Rating from 785 reviews
Small family friendly holiday park near Hayle close to miles of white sandy beaches. Linked indoor & outdoor pools, choice of eateries, entertainment & kid's clubs. No pets.
Per week (seasonal) sleep 2-7
Rating from 348 reviews
Luxury St Ives holiday apartments ideal for families, couples or groups. On site concierge service & spa treatments. Romantic packages & family amenities available. Sleep 2-7.
Accommodation on the Lizard Peninsula
(1.6 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
per week (seasonal) Sleep 4 & 6
Rating from 21 reviews
Beautiful Cornish cottage hideaways on The Lizard around Cadgwith Cove, child friendly & brimming with character features. Parking, gardens and WiFi. Village inns and shops nearby.
(9.5 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
Super self-catering cottages sleeping from 2-8 at St Anthony on the Helford River in South Cornwall. Kayaks, sailing, motor boat hire, moorings and dinghy park.
(5.4 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
Per static caravan
Rating from 45 reviews
Ten and a half acre camping and caravan park set in beautiful Coverack. Choose from Static caravans, touring caravans or tents. Games room & Play area.
Accommodation in Bude
(3.4 miles from the centre of Bude)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6-10
Family friendly Hoseasons Holiday Park in Bude ideal for relaxing holidays to Cornwall. Superb onsite leisure facilities, entertainment, caravans sleeping 6 or 8 people.
(3.6 miles from the centre of Bude)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
Rating from 193 reviews
Family friendly holiday park near Bude with choice of holiday homes for 4 or 6 people. Outdoor pool, kid's play area. Nearby leisure club. 5 mins from the beach. Parking and wifi.
(2.9 miles from the centre of Bude)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4-6
Hoseasons self catering caravan and lodge accommodation located in Bude on the North Cornwall coast.
Accommodation near Gorran Haven
(6.2 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
Per room, per night
Rating from 519 reviews
Quality St Austell hotel with recently upgraded double & family guest rooms. Free parking, onsite bar/ cafe, 30 mins free WiFi. Pet friendly by arrangement. Breakfast & meal deals.
(1.7 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
Per week (Sleep up to 5)
Rating from 93 reviews
Cornwall self catering holiday apartments in Megavissey overlooking the Bay. 5 minute walk from harbour & town centre. Modern accommodation. Family & pet friendly. Free WiFi.
(2.0 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
This terraced cottage is situated in Mevagissey and sleeps two people.
Accommodation in Carbis Bay
(1.7 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 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.
(1.4 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
Per person B&B (2 sharing)
Rating from 101 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.
(0.3 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
Per person per night B&B (Based on 2 sharing. Seasonal).
Rating from 137 reviews
Stunning Cornish guest house on the edge of St Ives overlooking Carbis Bay. Footpath opposite, free WiFi and off road parking. 7 en-suite rooms, bar and TV lounge. Station pick-up.