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Best Beaches in Cornwall

What are the best beaches in Cornwall? Cornwall has over three hundred beaches and over two hundred and fifty miles of coastline. Naturally, this means visitors will be treated to some fantastic views and there is always something new to discover at each beach. But visiting all 300 beaches during your holiday is going to be a challenge.

So, we’ve compiled a list of fifteen of the best beaches in Cornwall sorted by various categories for ease of viewing. 

Dive right on in and discover the perfect beach for you.

1. Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach - best beaches in Cornwall

Perranporth Beach, just south of Newquay and north of St. Agnes, boasts a reputation as one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall. Back in World War One, soldiers returned home and met some South African surfers, setting the basis for the origin of surfing and surfboards in the United Kingdom.

Summer Surfing

The huge surf and rich blue waves off the beach are perfect for surfing, kitesurfing and bodyboarding in the summer but winds and large swells make surfing inadvisable in the winter. Lifeguards are present on the beach from Easter till the end of October to spot surfers. For novices, the Perranporth Surf School offers a range of lessons for families and children aged seven and up.

All Year Round Dog Walking

Dog-walking is also a popular pastime for visitors to Perranporth. You can walk your dog all year round on the vast expanse of golden sands though they must be kept on leads in July and August. There are even a couple of dog-friendly pubs, The Watering Hole and the Senners. And you don’t have to worry about walking your dog a long way from a car park as there is one right beside the beach. 

Coastal Treks

It’s popular with walkers as well. You can enjoy the coastal scenery as you trek north to Holywell Bay or south to St. Agnes. A peaceful walk is to be had by all.

St. Piran’s Oratory

For those of you interested in the history of Perranporth, you can head over to Penhale Sands to view the ruins of St Piran’s Oratory. This lost church dates from the sixth century when according to legend, St. Piran built it after washing up on the shores tied to a millstone, cast all the way from Ireland. It isn’t easy to find though so be prepared for an adventure!

Local Amenities

There’s no shortage of amenities either. The Watering Hole serves food all day and has live music in the evenings. Toilets and car parks are easily accessed and the beach is also friendly for disabled users. 

Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

2. Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay - beaches in Cornwall

The beach at Holywell Bay is owned and looked after by the National Trust with free car parking for National Trust members and toilets near the village. Located six miles west of Newquay, Holywell Bay Beach is characterised by its sweeping sands and grass-tufted dunes. It is the perfect place to storm watch, partake in activities or simply relax in the sun while reading a good book. 

Strong Swells for Surfers and Bodyboarders

Holywell Bay is a reasonably well-exposed beach break with a strong surf all year round. Surfing is best carried out with offshore winds, with the best swell direction coming from the west. It’s also an excellent location for bodyboarding. Holywell Bay even offer up their own surfing school, the Holywell Bay School of Surf who cater for surfers of all talents and abilities, from beginners to experts. Lifeguards are present from the middle of May to late September. 

Cliffside Dog Walks

The beach also caters to dog-walkers. Enjoy long walks on the footpaths and the coastal paths but keep an eye on the cliff’s edge. There are waste bins at the car parks for you to dispose of your dog’s poo. You should watch out for adders as well in the dunes. They are rarely seen, but you will need to seek immediate veterinary attention if they bite your dog.

Holy Healing Wells

It is believed that the bay got its name from the holy wells located in Cubert. One of these is in a sea cave in the bay; people went on pilgrimages to the well, believing it had healing powers. A natural spring descends through a colourful grotto rich in calcium deposits. It is best explored at low tide but be careful not to get cut off and don’t enter the cave alone. The second of the wells is based in Trevornick Holiday Park.

Local Shipwrecks and TV Filming Spots

If you want more fun things to explore at the bay, an old Argentinian shipwreck can be seen offshore at low tide. The SS Francia was a 700-ton coaster that sank after departing Newquay with a shipment of coal. And for the TV lovers amongst you, Holywell Bay has also been the site of scenes filmed for Poldark, repurposed as the Warleggans’ very own stretch of coastline. Pierce Brosnan’s Die Another Day was also partially shot here.

Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

3. Crantock Beach

Crantock Beach - Beaches in Cornwall

Crantock is often paired with Holywell bay as Holywell and Crantock. Named after St. Carantoc after he washed ashore on an altar, the beach is now owned by the National Trust and their car park is free to members. Other car parks in the area are private with charges applying to everyone. Cafes and toilets are also available nearby along with a generously sized camping site. 

Mid to Low Tide Surfing

Like Holywell, Crantock is good for surfing with lessons available at the Big Green Surf School with lifeguards on duty during the main season. Surfing here is best during mid-tide or low tide and the cliffs at the southern end of the beach provide shelter from southwesterly winds. 

Footpath to Polly Joke

Crantock possesses some beautiful coastal footpaths as well. Dogs are always welcome so long as they’re kept under control and you can walk all the way to Porth Joke, a sandy cove known locally as Polly Joke and an ideal place to get some peaceful relaxation in. 

Joseph Prater and the Rock Carvings

Crantock Beach also has a rich and varied history. It is most famous for its rock carvings, placed there by local-born Joseph Prater. The most famous rock carving is that of a woman’s face in Piper’s Hole accompanied by a romantic verse:

Mar not my face but let me be,

Secure in this lone cavern by the sea,

Let the wild waves around me roar,

Kissing my lips for evermore. 

The story goes that a woman rode a horse down the beach and was drowned in an incoming tide. Joseph Prater then immortalised her in the rock though the veracity of this legend isn’t verified. 

The Lost City of Langurroc

A visit to the beach can also yield some archaeological wonders. The site is home to the lost city of Langurroc, lost after a sandstorm. It was said to be a city of great wealth and importance. Whatever truth is behind these legends, stone walls have emerged from beneath the dunes, proving the existence of a settlement lost long ago. Be careful heading up to the ruins though as the dunes can be dangerous.

Tripadvisor: 5 Stars

4. Porthcurno Beach

Porthcurno Beach

An apt way of describing Porthcurno Beach in the west of Cornwall is paradise-like. Its white sand and clear turquoise-shaded waters make it an alluring oasis to visitors. This is perhaps why it was chosen for a dream sequence filmed for Poldark under the name Nampara Cove, the show garnering more popularity for this beautiful stretch of coast. 

A Little Surfing Hideaway

The beach is popular with families and has lifeguard cover from mid-May to late September. It is not the first beach that comes to mind when it comes to surfing but this little pocket of the coast can get some great swell and winds. 

Beach Side Dog Walks

You can also walk your dog on this beach though there is a seasonal ban in July and August. You at least won’t have to walk your dog a long way to get to the beach as there is Cornwall Council parking available for a price, along with nearby toilets. 

The Minack Theatre

The main draw of Porthcurno Beach is the impressive Minack Theatre, an amphitheatre perched in the cliffs above the ocean. Rowena Cade, who moved to Cornwall with her mother after World War One, is the mind behind the structure and even helped to build it back in 1930. In World War Two, the amphitheatre was used as a lookout post probably for its clear view across the sea and it was restored after the war. 

Museum of Global Communication

A trip to the beach can also yield a visit to the Museum of Global Communications. In 1870, the first underwater international telegraph cable was brought ashore on the beach, linking Britain to India and other parts of the British Empire. This lends more credence to Porthcurno’s rich and varied history. It won’t even take you more than a few minutes to get there from the beach. 

Local Legends

And if scientific telegraph breakthroughs aren’t your cup of tea, Porthcurno is also home to a myriad of legends and ghost stories. The area has its very own phantom ship that travels far inland to St. Levan, only disappearing when it is in sight of the church. Porthcurno Cove was also said to be a haunt for witches, brewing storms from the cliffside to run boats aground. Or perhaps you are more interested in the Giants of Treen Castle who supposedly live on the headland where an old Iron Age fort once was down at Pedn Vounder. The legend goes that an old giant placed a key in the hole known as Giant’s Lock and if it were ever removed, Treen Castle would vanish under the sea. 

Tripadvisor: 5 Stars

5. Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove, best beaches in Cornwall

Kynance Cove is a National Nature reserve located on the west side of the Lizard Peninsula with free parking for National Trust members. There is a nearby cafe, the Kynance Cove Cafe, and toilet facilities as well. For disabled access, there is a disabled car park by the cafe, just beware: it can get a bit steep.

Last Ditch Surfing and Premium Swimming

Dogs are banned from July to August and there is no lifeguard cover either. Despite this, you can still surf here though the waves are not consistent and it’s more of a last-ditch effort for when all the premium sailing beaches are full. Short of surfing, you can also swim and bathe here. You can swim around Asparagus Rock and take in some of the gorgeous rock formations you encounter along the way. 

The Lizard Point Trek

For those of you who enjoy walking, you can trek along to Lizard Point which is a 4.3-mile walk or 7 miles if you walk the whole peninsula. It will give you a chance to enjoy the coastal scenery, the sheer artistry of the cliffs and breathe in the scent of rare wildflowers. 

Henry Avery’s Lost Treasure

Perhaps the most fascinating piece of history in the area is the significance it holds in the story of Henry Avery. Avery was an English pirate born near Plymouth and had a short but impactful career as a pirate in the mid-1690’s. His last great score was taking down a Mughal flotilla with the aid of fellow pirate Thomas Tew. The bounty ended up being somewhere between 325,000 and 600,000 pounds and after a short stay in the Caribbean, Avery just about disappeared from the world. Most thought he’d simply made a clean getaway and retired with his money. Some sources say he buried his treasure on the cliffs at Lizard Point though none of his treasure has ever been found. 

Who knows? Maybe you will be the one who stumbles across the legendary pirate’s secret hoard. 

Tripadvisor: 5 Stars

6. Marazion Beach

Marazion Beach, Beaches in Cornwall

A sand and pebble beach near Penzance, Marazion Beach boasts a stunning view of St. Michael’s Mount. The island is linked to Marazion by way of a manmade causeway passable at mid-tide and low-tide. Take a walk to visit the historic castle and garden. It is said the archangel Michael appeared here to ward fishermen away from danger and its spiritual leanings are said to be because of the leylines that cross under the water at the heart of the island. Jack the Giant Killer is a popular legend as well, telling the tale of how he saved the nearby village from the cruel Cormoran. 

Island of War

The church and priory buildings were built in the 12th century and the island endured many wars, including the Wars of the Roses and the Napoleonic Wars. It is also where the first beacon was lit to warn of the coming of the Spanish Armada.

A Haven for Windsurfing and Kitesurfing

Back on the beach itself, you can partake in numerous activities. Windsurfing is a popular pastime. The arc of the bay means it is sailable in almost all wind directions with low tide best for novice windsurfers with a windsurfing school located at the far end of the beach. 

Ocean High provides courses for kitesurfing and standup paddleboarding as well as renting out kayaks. Kitesurfing is popular on Marazion Beach, with a wind average of force of 4-5 along with clean, fine surf for those who want a more challenging experience. 

Family-Friendly Day Out

For those who want a more relaxing day out, Marazion Beach has a host of rock pools for you to explore especially around Chapel Rock and Marazion Harbour, as well as a play park situated just above the beach. There is lifeguard cover from July to September and dogs are welcome except in July and August. There is nearby parking and toilets and a selection of cafes near the beach for a bite in between activities. 

Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

7. Sennen Cove

Sennen Cove. Beaches in Cornwall

Sennen Cove is a wide sandy beach in the west of Cornwall, popular with surfers and families and home to some charming and picturesque views. There are three nearby car parks and toilet access along with restaurants and cafes, one of which is the Surf Beach Bar that has a gorgeous view of the coast. And if you can brave the steep path, you can make the hike to Gwynver Beach, a good place to surf with impressive views of the cliffs that back it. Dogs are permitted here as well. From both beaches, you can see the Scilly Isles on a clear day.

Surf the Best Waves

The cove is a renowned surfing hotspot. At the Beach Hire, you can rent beginner and intermediate surfboards as well as wetsuits, bodyboards, fins, deck chairs and windbreaks. The beach has consistent surf all year round, with waves breaking both left and right at the beach. The most favourable wind swell comes from the west, providing perfect conditions for learning to surf. The Sennen Surfing Centre provides lessons for all with both private and standard sessions. 

Rock-Climbing Paradise

Away from ocean activities, the granite cliffs are a popular choice for climbers. Sennen Cove is a rock-climbing paradise, providing a broad range of rocks from overhangs and cracks, giving even the most seasoned rock climber a challenge. If you reach the top though, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the coast. 

Perkin Warbeck and the Wars of the Roses

Sennen Cove is not without its history either. For any Wars of the Roses buffs out there, this is where Perkin Warbeck landed, convincing some local fishermen to march to Exeter with him. Perkin Warbeck’s claim to fame was reportedly as one of the Princes in the Tower that Richard III supposedly locked away. He is treated by history undoubtedly as an impostor and pretender, used as a figurehead but it hardly matters. He was defeated and imprisoned and the fishermen returned home.

Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

8. Tintagel Haven

Tintagel Haven - Beaches in Cornwall

Tintagel Haven Beach – or Merlin’s Cove – on the Atlantic coast is not a beach for sunbathing. Its mixture of sand and pebble makes it much more suited for exploration. A waterfall cascades down from the valley and onto the rocks and the azure water is clear and bright. 

King Arthur’s Castle

The quaint little beach is backed by the jewel of Tintagel’s crown: the historic castle linked with legends about King Arthur and the Round Table. The town was a 5th to a 7th-century stronghold that Geoffrey of Monmouth named as the place where Arthur was conceived. The legends inspired Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to build the castle in the 13th century though it never had any military value. Tintagel also became the location of the love story between Tristan and Iseult, though it is the Arthurian connections that keep the magic of Tintagel alive. 

Explore the Heart of Tintagel’s Charm

Low tide at the beach reveals a plethora of hidden gems including rock pools and a cave that operates as a tunnel running underneath the castle. Alternatively, you could go for a walk, crossing a little bridge over a stream. The cliffs offer fantastic views and more likely than not, you’ll catch a glimpse of small ponies grazing there. 

Dogs are allowed all year at the beach. Parking and other amenities are available up at the castle along with The Beach Cafe. And even if you exhaust the charming beauties of the beach, you can still explore the rest of the historic village and drink in the myths of King Arthur first hand. 

Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

9. Praa Sands Beach

Praa Sands Beach in Cornwall

Praa Sands, off the road between Helston and Penzance, is noteworthy for its long slender arc of beach. The sand is bright white, formed by pulverised seashells and backed by a coastal village that once served as a local mining industry. The parking is reasonably priced and there are some good cafes and amenities nearby. 

Surfers and Families Welcome

The beach is family-friendly, a good location for building sandcastles, and the waves are ideal for surfers. The waves can be surprisingly big and there is lifeguard cover from May to September to help keep surfers safe. The waves break close to the beach but be warned: Praa Sands is one of the most popular locations on the south coast so the waves may get a bit busy in good conditions. Be sure to arrive early!

World War Two Memorial

You can also visit the Sunderland Flying Boat Memorial in remembrance of a seaplane that crashed on the beach in 1943. The plane flew for three hundred miles after being shot at by German fighters and eventually had to ditch at Praa Sands. 

A Smuggling Past

Other pieces of history in the area include the 16th-century Pengersick Castle. Rumours go around that the castle is haunted though it is widely believed this was simply a legend floated around by smugglers who wanted to protect their hoard from being discovered. Despite that, some have claimed to see the ghost of a monk wandering the grounds. The spirit of Henry Pengersick’s wife Engrina Godolphin is also said to roam the castle, particularly the main bedroom.

Praa Sands is also famed as the birthplace of John Carter, the so-called King of Prussia, who operated a smuggling business out of Prussia Cove along with a few other cove-based hideaways. The walk from Praa Sands to Prussia’s Cove is only about two miles long and you can view some other coves along the way, such as Bessie’s Cove and Piskies Cove. 

Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

10. Harlyn Bay Beach

Harlyn Bay Beach, Beaches in Cornwall

On the North Cornwall coast in Padstow, you can find Harlyn Bay Beach. The beach is wide and spacious and one of the best for a day out with the family. The waters are safe for swimming during the summer months. You can also partake in some tide pooling or even have a go at sea kayaking in the sun. 

Fast Waves and Surfable Tides

It is also a popular surfing beach with lifeguard cover from May till September. The best conditions are westward swells and a southwesterly wind, the waves fast and surfable at all tides. Look out for some common dangers though: the crowds can get big and sometimes the hollow waves break into shallow water, along with the perils of rocks and rips at high tide. 

The Secrets of the Cliffs

There’s plenty for walkers to discover as well. Head over to the remains of an old iron age cemetery behind the beach that had been buried beneath the sands or head out to the cliffs for some stunning views. Trevose Head offers gorgeous views of the lighthouse, and the cliff at Onjohn Cove is rich in history. Two gold lunulae (crescent-shaped neck ornaments) and a Bronze Age flat axe of Irish origin were unearthed here in 1865. Since then, there has been further evidence of Bronze Age barrows and pottery found.

The Lost Treasure of the Pirate John Piers

For those of you with an adventurous spirit, Harlyn Bay also has a local pirate tale. John Piers was born in Padstow and made a career for himself around the North Cornish coast and the Isle of Wight. He was aided by his mother, Ann Piers, who was accused of assisting her son with witchcraft. After his execution, it is said that she buried the remains of her son’s treasure in the cliffs at Harlyn Bay, though no loot has ever been found.

Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

11. Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach

Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach in Cornwall

A southwest facing cove on the Lizard, Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach is a charming little hideaway. A nearby cafe fulfils all your refreshment needs and National Trust members park for free at the car park with other local amenities on offer. The cove has lifeguard cover from July to September and dog walking is welcome except in July and August.

The Church of the Storms

A big draw of the beach is the tiny church of St Wynwallow. It is located on the north side of the beach, nestled between the dunes. It is the only church in Cornwall situated on a beach, and its exposure to storms sweeping over the coastline have earned it the nickname ‘The Church of the Storms’. St Wynwallow once had a vision of St Patrick telling him to build his own monastery. After his death, churches sprung up in dedication to him in Cornwall, Devon and Wales. It’s thought that the one in Gunwalloe was founded by Gwenhael, Wynwallow’s successor as abbot in Landevennec, Brittany. 

Lost Treasure Ships

A Portuguese treasure ship also ran aground here on the 19th January 1527. St Anthony was purportedly carrying an assortment of silver, copper and jewels from Flanders to Portugal. Many treasures have already been excavated such as candlestick parts and copper ingots. Some divers have recovered more treasure in recent years. 

Take a walk along to Dollar Cove while you’re here for a chance at stumbling across even more treasure. A Spanish ship, San Salvador, supposedly lost its cargo of silver dollars here in the 17th century, hence the name, and it is claimed that the treasure still washes up on the shore occasionally. 

Poldark Connections

A more recent claim Gunwalloe and Church Cove have to fame is being used as a site in television’s Poldark. The beach was used for shipwrecking scenes rejuvenating Church Cove’s smuggling past. Meanwhile, the Church of the Storms was used as the location for Poldark’s marriage to Demelza Carne.

Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

12. Kennack Sands

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Kennack Sands sits on the sheltered eastern side of the Lizard. The two beaches are separated by a grassy divide and remember to take care on the easternmost beach as it is a designated nature reserve. A couple of other geographical features include a small hill called Carn Kennack and shore rock feature known as Caerverracks. The unusual rock formations found here are a strong draw for geologists.

Surfing and Diving

There’s no shortage of activities either. The surf is impeccable with high waves reaching as far as 4-5 feet. It has a broad tidal range due to its shallow angle, making it an exciting place to surf. The beach has lifeguard cover from May till September. You can also undertake diving courses at the PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, sure to be an exhilarating experience. 

Dog Walks and Refreshments

Dogs are allowed all year round on the east beach and there are a couple of cafes that are open for refreshment as well as some nearby toilets. However, there is only one dog waste bin, so any rubbish you have yourself will likely have to be taken away with you. 

A Rich and Varied History

The east beach is also home to some old World War Two defences such as pillboxes and anti-tank walls. More World War Two archaeology can be found in the Goonhilly Downs. If you like your history a little older, there are plenty of shipwrecks to view when the tide is low such as the Normand of Nantes that ran aground in 1914. Kennack is even another of the alleged locations on the Lizard in which Henry Avery hid his legendary treasure. 

Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

13. Godrevy Beach

Godrevy Beach in Cornwall

St. Ives is home to numerous renowned beaches. One such beach is Godrevy Beach. Sandy and fronted by clear water, Godrevy is a popular destination, its lighthouse even finding fame as the one that inspired Virginia Woolf’s novel To The Lighthouse.

Historic Shipwrecks

Godrevy has its fair share of shipwrecks for you to learn about as well. The sinking of the iron screw steamer Nile in 1854 prompted the erection of the lighthouse to protect future ships from being sunk. The Garland Wreck of 1649, meanwhile, attracts divers searching for sunken treasure. The followers of the recently executed Charles I were trying to send the relics and personal belongings of Charles and his exiled wife Henrietta Maria of France abroad when a storm wrecked them. Only three survived – an old man, a boy and a wolf-dog. 

The Promise of a Good Surf

Owned by the National Trust, Godrevy offers a wealth of activities. High waves promise good surf with the break in its prime at low tide, with the peak moving around a fair bit: you can chase it or wait for it to come to you. The beach is protected by lifeguard cover from May to September. You can paddle and swim in the waters as well. 

Dog Walks and Local Amenities

There’s a little cafe hidden amongst the dunes, the Rockpool Beach Cafe and parking is free to National Trust members. You can walk your dog here for most of the year except July and August, in which there is a seasonal ban.

The Hell’s Mouth Trail

For those of you after a long walk, you can follow the trail from Godrevy Beach to Hell’s Mouth and back again. Enjoy beautiful ocean views, and observe the Cornish wildlife before you get to the heathery sheer cliffside and look down into the small cove of Hell’s Mouth below.

Tripadvisor: 5 Stars

14. Porthmeor Beach

Porthmeor Beach in Cornwall

Porthmeor Beach, set in the old fishing town of St Ives, basks in the shade cast by the Tate St Ives Gallery and draws people in with its long stretch of white sand and stunning views. The beach is busy with families in the summer months, and good surf in the winter, with seals sometimes seen off the coast.

Greatest Art Culture in Cornwall

The attractions surrounding Porthmeor Beach are plentiful. The town has a rich history concerning art, particularly the avant-garde and abstract styles. First, visit the Tate Gallery or one of the other art galleries in the town. Then, head over to the Cafe at Tate St Ives or the Tregenna Castle Restaurant and Brasserie for a bite to eat before heading to the sands to soak up the sun and do a spot of paddling in the shallows. 

The Surf School at Porthmeor and Porthminster

Visit the St Ives Surf School to learn surfing and hire surfboards, wetsuits and bodyboards. Alternatively, you can take a short walk over to their facilities at Porthminster Beach for kayak and paddleboard hire. Their coasteering and kayak tours operate out of their Porthminster base, with the kayak tours taking you from Porthminster all the way back around to Porthmeor. Visiting both beaches always yields a jam-packed and fulfilling day out. 

Additional Amenities

There is lifeguard cover from Easter till the end of October and the beach is friendly towards dogs, though they are not allowed between May and September. The car parks at St. Ives get full quickly in the main season so arrive early or park at either St Erth Station or Lelant Saltings to enjoy a walk through the beating heart of St. Ives. 

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Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

15. Carbis Bay Beach

Carbis Bay Beach in Cornwall

The beach at Carbis Bay near St. Ives is the most sheltered in the area, a gentle crescent of sand backed by a grassy green rise and sub-tropical plants. Granite cliffs in the area are seamed with tin and copper, showcasing Carbis Bay’s rich mining history. 

Snorkel, Swim and Surf

The area offers multiple activities. It is a family-friendly beach, great for swimming and snorkelling, and you can also enjoy good kayaking and fishing. You can sometimes get good surf here as well, but it takes a while for the swell to get big enough due to the sheltered nature of the beach. The beach has lifeguard cover from July to September and you can walk your dog here as well, keeping in mind the dog ban from May to September. 

The Walk to Porth Kidney

If you want a quieter time at the beach, you can drink in the stunning views. To the south, you can spot St. Ives, and to the north, you can catch a glimpse of Godrevy Lighthouse. You can then take a short walk to Porth Kidney Sands to visit the bird sanctuary there. The Sands are backed by the West Cornwall Golf Club, and the beach is dog-friendly all year long. 

Local Amenities and Attractions

Back in Carbis Bay, you can catch a bite to eat at the Una Kitchen and take a walk over to St. Ives to visit any one of the numerous art galleries. The beach has car parking and other amenities and there is another car park about a ten-minute walk from the beach if the main one fills up.

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Tripadvisor: 4.5 Stars

Agree with our list of the best beaches in Cornwall? If one of these beaches sounds like the one for you, come on down and soak up the sights. You’re guaranteed to have a fun and action-packed day out.

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