The 4 Best Cornwall Beaches

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In the UK Cornwall is synonymous with beaches. Despite being one of the lest densely populated regions of Britain this long, narrow peninsula is home to nearly 200 beaches. And there is plenty of variety here too; picture postcard fishing villages huddle around rocky coves on one coast whilst on another golden sand beaches stretch off into the distance.

It is true the weather in Cornwall, and the UK in general, is not always ideal for a day on the beach. However, many of the best beaches in Cornwall are unique and beautiful in ways that go beyond whether the sun is out or not.

  • 1. Porthcurno Cove

    Porthcurno Cove

    Porthcurno is one of the most westerly beaches in mainland Britain, just a few miles around the coast from Land's End. This cove is stunning in so many respects; the near white sand which is made from ground up sea shells, the clear turquoise water and the rugged granite cliffs that form a natural amphitheatre. The cove is not only a natural gem but is overlooked by the Minack, an… read more »

  • 2. Kynance Cove

    Kynance Cove

    It is a surprise not to see Kynance Cove in Cornwall on more best beach lists. It isn't exactly a secret and can be summed up in one word - stunning!

    Situated just along the coast from Lizard Point (the most southerly point in Britain) this beach has been painted and photographed countless times over the past couple of hundred years. With near white sand, turquoise waters and incredible serpentine… read more »

  • 3. Sennen Beach

    Sennen Beach
    © Chris Leather
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    Situated just around the corner from Land's End is one of Cornwall's finest stretches of sand, Sennen cove. The beach itself isn't really a cove at all, it is a wide open expanse of golden sand backing onto sand dunes and craggy hillsides. At one end of the beach is the little village of Sennen with its quaint harbour. Heading in the opposite direction the beach gets gradually wilder, more… read more »

  • 4. Porthmeor Beach

    Porthmeor Beach

    St Ives is one of Cornwall's most popular holiday resorts. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the town is home to five wonderful sandy beaches of which Porthmeor is one. Porthmeor has it all, from golden sand and azures waters to the internationally renowned Tate Gallery which overlooks the beach. Just minutes along cobbled streets from the town centre there's always plenty of activity on and around the beach whether… read more »