Cornwall Beach Guide

With so many gorgeous beaches in beautiful Cornwall, how do you know which ones to choose for your visit?

Our Cornwall Beach Guide is here to help you plan your days and select which beaches to visit. Obviously, going to the ones close by is a good start, and a little research is all part of your holiday fun, but there are some secret spaces where it helps to have a little local knowledge.

How many beaches are there in Cornwall? Good question. There’s said to be over 400 beaches on Cornwall’s coast, from Blue Flag awarded bays to hidden coves only accessible at low tide. Our indispensable guide will provide local knowledge, so you know whether you can park nearby, if the beach is sandy, or comprises of shingle or rock, where the nearest toilets are, if there is an accessible path, or does it require navigating a cliff path? We also cover beach house rules, providing vital information on lifeguard duties and which beaches are dog friendly all-year round, and which ones have seasonal bans in place.

To help you get started on which beaches to visit first, we have divided the beaches by area; the dramatic north coast, the picturesque south coast and the remarkably light west coast. Bear in mind that in the far western reaches of Cornwall, the coasts are not very far apart, so are both open to you. There really is a beach for everyone in Cornwall.

Dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall

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