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Eight Cornish beaches you need to visit

Cornwall boasts more than 300 sandy beaches along its stunning coastline. From long shorelines to cosy coves, there are plenty of places to get the sand between your toes.

We’ve selected a few of our favourite beaches for you to visit whilst in Cornwall.

Readymoney Cove

Featuring rock pools and golden sand, this sheltered cove is Fowey’s only beach and is situated to the edge of the town. As well as paddling in the sea and soaking up the sun, there’s plenty to explore, with Daphne Du Maurier’s Second World War home lying to one side of the beach, and St Catherine’s Castle to the other.


St.Ives’ largest beach backs right onto the charming fishing town and is renowned for its Caribbean-esque crystal clear waters.

Kynance Cove

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With its white sand, dramatic cliffs, and turquoise water, Kynance Cove is the most spectacular beach in the county, if not, the UK. When high tide cuts off the beach in the afternoon, retreat to Kynance Café for a freshly made crab sandwich. It may be located around an hour away from Fowey, but it’s well worth the trip.

Summerleaze Beach

A bustling beach all year round, Summerleaze is great for those who are after more than just lazing on the sand. Its position on the north coast promotes great waves for surfing, and it also boasts a 1930s sea pool which fills with seawater at high tide, and reemerges as a great place to swim when the tide goes out again.

Watergate Bay

Backed by high cliffs, the two mile stretch of golden sand at Watergate Bay is one of Cornwall’s most popular beaches. Located just a few miles outside of Newquay, it’s a popular destination for watersports, and is home to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant and Watergate Bay Hotel.


The contrast of the dark granite cliffs with the golden sands and sparkling water make Porthcurno beach a spectacular sight, and it’s a great sun trap too. Perched high above the cove is the famous Minack Theatre which hosts to theatre performances in one of the most unique locations in the world.

Porthcurnick Beach

This secluded south-facing beach is located on the Roseland Peninsula, and is home to our sister hotel, The Rosevine, as well as the award-winning Hidden Hut beach café which is renowned for its summer feasts.


This charming seaside resort on the north coast is home to vibrant cafés and restaurants, and a sweeping golden sandy beach. The beach itself is great for swimmers and surfers, and features a pub nestled amongst the dunes.