Cornwall is famous for it’s many stunning beaches, from sandy coves to pebbly beauties, turquoise waters to choppy seas. With so many to choose from, how do you know you’ll be spending your precious days on the right ones?
Well, here at Ocean Holidays we’ve happily taken our time to test them all out, again and again and again… And we’re so proud of what our home county has to offer we want to share them with you.
Prussia Cove – Between Perranuthnoe and Praa Sands
Away from the hoards of school holiday tourists, you’ll find the secluded and romantic Prussia Cove.
Once home to the famous smuggler John Carter, expect a rockier descent down to a small intimate beach that disappears completely at high tide. There are no facilities or lifeguards here but our lovely four legged friends are welcome all year round.
Kynance Cove – Lizard Peninsula
If you’re visiting us outside of the school holidays this enchanting beach is a must. To be avoided in high season due to the crowds, this breathtakingly beautiful cove is a steep 10-15 minute walk down from the National Trust car park.
Think pure white sands, tropical waters and serpentine rock-towers, it’s no wonder Kynance featured in BBC’s adaptation of Poldark.
The Towans – Hayle
This 3-mile long beach is so vast it very rarely feels crowded. Accessed mostly through rolling sand dunes and patrolled by lifeguards in season, this is a fun family friendly beach complete with rock pools, perfect for taking a little dip in, if getting in the sea isn’t your thing.
Please note part of the Towans is adjacent to the river estuary where you should avoid swimming at all times due to the very strong current.
Sennen Cove – Sennen
With the vibe of an old fishing village and more of a beach than a cove, this beautiful sandy haven is only a mile from Lands End. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll experience the full Atlantic swell so it’s no surprise this is our Sam’s favourite surf spot. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Isle of Scilly. Lifeguards in season.
If you fancy some peace and quiet, keep an eye out for the small stream that cuts through the sand a short way down the beach, it’s generally a lot less busy on the other side…
Porthcurno Beach – Porthcurno
Blessed with soft white sand, aquamarine water and high cliffs on both sides that provide shelter from the wind, it’s easy to see why this gorgeous beach has won so many awards. We recommend packing a picnic and bringing the buckets, spades, frisbees, beach balls and whatever else fits in the car. You’ll want to spend the whole day here. Lifeguards in the season but do be wary of some strong currents.
And we haven’t even told you the best bit…
Cut out of the granite cliff above the beach is the remarkable and internationally renowned Minack, an open-air Greek style amphitheatre where you can see performances of plays and live music while taking in the remarkable views across Atlantic Ocean.
Marazion Beach – Marazion
No beach list, nor trip to Cornwall, would be complete without a visit to Marazion; the doorway to St Michael’s Mount and a lovely beach in its own right.
At low tide you can stroll over to the mount across a stone path, it can be a little slippery so do wear good shoes. And don’t stress if your timing isn’t right, there is also a boat available so you won’t miss out.
The beach itself is ideal for families with safe calm waters and lifeguard patrol in season. You’ll also find the small village close by with quaint cafes and gift shops.
With so many wonderful beaches to choose from in our lovely home county it was a hard list to compile, so don’t be surprised if we add to it. Want more tips on local beaches? Just ask one of the team!