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 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.
Per person B&B
Rating from 130 reviews
Family run, Victorian era Penzance hotel offering good food and comfortable accommodation within an easy walk of the seafront. Internet access available.
Per week (seasonal) Sleeps 4-6
Modern ground floor holiday apartment at St Ives Bay with two bedrooms, enclosed garden, modern kitchen & wifi service. Dog friendly. Great beaches nearby. Sleeps 4-6
Per pitch per night (2 people and 1 vehicle)
Redruth caravan park near the beach with facilities including onsite play area and bar lounge. All pitches with electricity and water. Disabled facilities. Pets welcome.
Accommodation on the Lizard Peninsula
Near the Lizard
(3.1 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
per week (caravan holiday home)
Rating from 191 reviews
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
(8.6 miles from the centre of The Lizard)
Per double room (2 sharing)
Rating from 70 reviews
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.
(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
Accommodation in Bude
(1.5 miles from the centre of Bude)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
Well appointed cottage near Bude enjoying use of onsite facilities such as an indoor pool, kid's play area, games room & gardens. Two dogs welcome. 2 miles to beach. Short breaks.
(5.7 miles from the centre of Bude)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
Well appointed semi detached holiday cottage set on a 11 acre estate with outdoor pool, children's play area & pet's corner. Short breaks available. Dog friendly.
(1.2 miles from the centre of Bude)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
Rating from 124 reviews
Detached two bedroom holiday cottage near Bude with lovely lawn garden, outdoor gear storage, off road parking, dishwasher, washing machine & Wi-Fi. Short breaks. Pet friendly.
Accommodation near Gorran Haven
(2.4 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
Well equipped ground floor holiday apartment in Mevagissey with patio garden, washing machine, dishwasher, parking, travel cot & high chair. Babes in arms only. Pet friendly.
(4.2 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
This superb detached Cornwall cottage provides quality studio-style accommodation for two people in the village of Pentewan near to Mevagissey.
(2.0 miles from the centre of Gorran Haven)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 10
Driftwood House is situated in the centre of the village, and was once the first bank of Mevagissey.
Accommodation in Carbis Bay
(1.7 miles from the centre of Carbis Bay)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6-8
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 115 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 160 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.