Cornwall’s best beaches
You might know Cornwall from watching Doc Martin on the telly, or from childhood holidays you shared with family when growing up.
Or perhaps you know it for its food and drink, showcased on national cookery shows by celebrity chefs.
But do you know its beaches? Cornwall is home to some of the best beaches in the UK, and we’ve gathered some of our favourites below.
1. Constantine Bay, Padstow
Constantine Bay, on the Atlantic coast of North Cornwall, is around 3 miles west of Padstow.
Popular with celebs and politicians, the beach lies within an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty and has been recognised by the Marine Conservation Sociey for its excellent water quality.
It is a popular surf spot, with gently sloping sands and good quality waves at mid to high tide.
2. Sennen Cove, Penzance
Situated right at the end of Cornwall, just a mile from Land’s End, Sennen Cove is popular with tourists and locals from Spring right through to the Autumn.
And with its white sands and clear waters it’s easy to see why.
The waters offer top rate surfing conditions and safe bathing within flagged areas.
Along the seafront there are cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries.
3. Carbis Bay, St Ives
One of Cornwall’s award-winning Blue Flag beaches, Carbis Bay near St Ives is a popular Summer spot with locals and visitors.
Its sheltered location provides little in the way of surf, making it an ideal swimming and paddling spot for toddlers and young families.
The beach is served by the picturesque St Ives branch line, and is home to an array of sub-tropical plants and sea birds.
4. Treyarnon Bay, near Padstow
Surrounded by low cliffs and backed by sand dunes, this beautiful sandy beach offers miles of white sand and crisp blue waters to enjoy.
At low tide there are rock pools to explore, and good surf between mid and high tide.
The beach is just minutes from our Ocean Blue apartments, offering a unique location for memorable family holidays with early morning strolls along the shore and breath-taking sunsets over the ocean.
5. Perranporth Beach, Newquay
The perfect setting for surfing, snorkelling and splashing around, Perranporth offers three miles of beautiful beach to explore.
There is also a bustling seaside village with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Its sheer size means you’ll feel like you have the whole place to yourself as you relax on the sands close to the village.
Or you could venture into the shallow waters for a paddle before heading into the bustling village for a Cornish ice-cream or fruit lolly.
6. St Ives Harbour Beach
Sheltered by the seaside town of St Ives and the sturdy harbour walls, this sandy beach provides a beautiful suntrap, even on cooler days.
It is perfect for building sandcastles, splashing through the shallow clear waters, or people-watching.
The beach is centrally located, offering easy access to the town’s contemporary galleries, shops, cafes and pubs.
7. Daymer Bay, Padstow
A paradise for beach-lovers, located on the north Cornish coast with access to the crashing wave of the Atlantic, Daymer Bay is relatively secluded compared with its neighbours at Rock and Polzeath.
The beach is accessed via a clifftop coastal path from Polzeath, making it less accessible but all the more special for it.
8. Porthcurno Beach, West Cornwall
Close to the famous Minack Theatre, with miles of gorgeous fine white sand, turquoise waters and high-sided cliffs on either side, it’s easy to see why so many people return to Porthcurno year after year.
There is a small stream down one side which proves popular with paddling youngsters in the Summer and there is a fascinating museum on the way to the beach telling the story of Porthcurno’s role in communications.
9. Tresco, Isles of Scilly
No list of top beaches in Cornwall is complete without a mention of the serene beauty of the Isles of Scilly. Lying just 28 miles from Land’s End, the five inhabited islands are a haven for wildlife, with the fresh sea air, clean seas and mild weather.
It’s impossible to choose just one beach from the Islands so why not take a day trip to the Islands while you’re in Cornwall and see them for yourself?
(Strictly speaking, not actually in Cornwall, but close enough and gorgeous enough to be included in our top beach round-up…)
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Interested in exploring Cornwall?
Ocean Blue Apartments near Padstow are just a few steps from Treyarnon Bay beach and are well situated to explore the whole of the county – contact us today to discuss your holiday or view the latest availability here.