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Explore Cornwall's stunning sandy beaches

Cornwall’s beaches

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a day out at the beach? If that feeling of sand between your toes or a dip in turquoise blue waters sounds like your idea of holiday heaven then you’ve come to the right place.

Cornwall has more beaches than you can shake a stick (or throw a skimming stone) at. Whether you want somewhere to perfect your sandcastle building skills, want to try surfing for the first time or just want to sit back and soak up the Cornish summer sun, there’s one nearby that’s right for you!

With holiday parks in Cornwall on both the north and south coast, wherever you choose to stay, you’re not far from a great beach. Take a look at our mini guide, below, to help you decide where to spend your time…

Beaches on the North Cornwall coast


Crantock Beach

Say hello to a truly stunning stretch of sand, one that rivals its more illustrious neighbours in nearby Newquay – but without the masses of tourists and surfers.


Fistral Beach

Arguably one of the most well-known beaches in the UK, Fistral can get very busy but it’s a great place for surfers who want to test their skills.


Polzeath Beach

One of the most popular beaches in Cornwall, Polzeath was won many awards for its facilities and water quality. It attracts lots of surfers due to its consistent waves.


Watergate Bay

Escape the hustle and bustle of Newquay’s beaches a drive the short distance up the coast to Watergate Bay. Here you will be met by a glorious, open expanse of golden sandy beach.


Harlyn Beach

With its turquoise blue waters, Harlyn is a great family beach with lots to offer. It’s more sheltered than some of its north coast neighbours, and it’s just a mile from Trevone Head.

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Widemouth Bay

The beaches around Bude are regarded as some of the most spectacular in Cornwall. Remote yet beautiful in winter, they can become busy in the summer months. Widemouth Bay is one of the region’s best.

Beaches on the South Cornwall coast

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Talland Bay

Located midway between Looe and Polperro, Talland Bay is small and quiet and is actually made up of two small beaches which come together at low tide.

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Looe Beach

Pack your bucket and spade and head to Looe’s main beach. A long-time favourite with holidaymakers, it’s a perfect location for swimming as the beach gently shelves providing easy access especially for the little ones.


Lansallos Beach

This really is one of Cornwalls hidden treasures. Also known as West Coombe, it is a quiet, attractive, south facing cove of sand and rocks near Polperro. A must visit!


Whitsand Bay

A must visit for those staying nearby, Whitsand Bay offers three miles of beautiful sandy beach, running from Rame Head to Portwrinkle.

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Seaton Beach

Not to be confused with its namesake in Devon, Seaton is a large beach near Looe that is a great spot for sailing, surfing and shore fishing and for the younger ones some paddling and splashing in the river.

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An award-winning beach, Downderry is made up of shingle and sand and has rock pools at low tide. It won a Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide award in 2017 for Excellent water quality.

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