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 person per night
Rating from 107 reviews
Stylish rooms and apartments at a fantastic value price in a great location in St Ives. Free Wi-Fi. Hot outdoor shower. Relaxing common room. Children welcome. Beach 2 minutes.
Per Week (Sleeps 4-6)
7 nights for 5 from 4 Oct 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
Cornwall holiday park in Hayle, with modern caravans and grass touring pitches. On-site shop and laundrette. Families and pets welcome. Caravans suitable for disabled guests.
Per Week, Seasonal (Sleeps 4)
Rating from 14 reviews
5% discount on second week when you book 14 nights
Holiday cottage in Hayle offering coastal accommodation with direct beach access. Perfect for families, with designated parking facilities and a large garden. Sleeps 4 + cot
Per person per night B&B
Rating from 18 reviews
Elegant B&B guesthouse in the Tehidy Park area of Camborne, within 2 acres of gardens. Stunning guest rooms, delicious breakfasts & optional evening meals. 2 miles from beaches.
per person per night B&B (2 sharing)
Rating from 12 reviews
19th Century Chapel conversion offering quality B&B accommodation near Camborne, 2 miles from Portreath beach. Surrounded by lawned gardens. Cooked breakfast and stunning views.
Accommodation on the Lizard Peninsula
(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
Near the Lizard
(3.1 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
per week (caravan holiday home)
Rating from 147 reviews
Christmas & New Year - Away from it all
Welcoming holiday park in Cornwall with touring and tent pitches, holiday caravans and a self-catering lodge. Wi-Fi. Pet friendly. Set in beautiful countryside. Close to beach
(3.5 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
Per Week (Seasonal) Sleeps 2 adults 2 children
2017 Early Booking Discount!!
Cliffside cottage on the Lizard Peninsula near Coverack boasting panoramic views. Ideal for families and close to the beach. Dogs welcome. Parking and Wi-Fi. Sleeps 2 + 2 children
Accommodation in Bude
(0.3 miles from the centre of Bude)
Per person B&B (based on 2 sharing)
Rating from 167 reviews
AA 3 star environmentally friendly Bude B&B, solar panels provide hot water, recently refurbished. 8 ensuite rooms including family rooms. Flat screen TVs with Freeview & free WiFi
(0.1 miles from the centre of Bude)
per week (seasonal)
The Old Lifeboat House contains 4 self catering apartments in a peaceful location, close to beaches and wonderful walks. Ideal for short breaks. Ample parking.
(1.6 miles from the centre of Bude)
Static Caravan per week sleep 2-6
Rating from 440 reviews
Luxury family run holiday park near Bude with a choice of stunning holiday homes, cottages, glamping & tourer pitches. Play areas, trails, tennis, fishing and bar/grill restaurant.
Accommodation near Gorran Haven
Ruan High Lanes
(5.9 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
Per Person B&B
Rating from 21 reviews
Welcoming award-winning B&B in Ruan High Lanes near Truro, on the Roseland Peninsula. Pet-friendly and suitable for families, on a working farm. WiFi available.
(1.4 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
2 bedroom Bronze caravan, per week
Rating from 152 reviews
Award-winning holiday park in Gorran, well-situated for a relaxing Cornish self-catering escape with excellent on-site facilities including a pool and games room.
(5.6 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 2-8
Enjoy a relaxing break to the St Austell countryside when staying at this 56 acre holiday park with four lakes, pets corner, a shared hot tub & onsite activities. Dog friendly.
Accommodation in Carbis Bay
(0.0 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
Per Week (Seasonal) Sleeps 2
Stunning Carbis Bay holiday home with panoramic sea views. Garden with beach access/outdoor shower. Fully equipped kitchen. 10 mins from St Ives. Romantic retreat for couples.
Carbis Bay, St Ives
(0.2 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
Per week (seasonal)
Rating from 24 reviews
Luxury Carbis Bay penthouse apartment. Gold Award, 2 balconies & panoramic sea views. Free WiFi, parking & stunning open plan interior. Free use of nearby spa leisure facilities.
(0.1 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
Per week (Seasonal)
5% discount on second week when you book 14 nights
Luxury ground floor apartment just 250 yards from Carbis Bay beach with sun terrace, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sea views. Only 3 miles from St Ives with free parking. Sleeps 4.