Mawgan Porth, near Newquay
Beach with Cafe
In contrast to the huge, rugged north Cornwall cliffs, this gently sloping west-facing beach could have been specially created for constructing sandcastles. Here, the cliff geology provides a dramatic backdrop to the gentle flat of the bay, dominated by rugged rocks.
For spectacular all-year-round sunsets, rock pooling, body boarding and beach walking, it is perfect for unwinding. Lots of space means everyone can enjoy time here, including people with mobility problems who can hire beach wheelchairs nearby.
If you are a nature lover, there are wonderfully scenic walks along the cliff tops, overlooking the superb sandy beach, bejewelled in summer by sea pinks and coconut-scented golden gorse.
For surfers, magnificent Atlantic breakers make it paradise. RNLI lifeguards are usually present during the summer, too, so for beginners, this quiet beach provides a first-class place to learn to surf.
Flat sands and awesome views on this sheltered beach make for marvellous holiday memories of kite-flying, rock-pooling, beach games and all-round fun. Leave technology behind and re-engage with nature and each other.
Parking opposite makes it easily accessible. Walk out to see the cliffs and rocks at low tide and soak up all that fresh Cornish air.