Crantock beach

With some of the UK’s best beaches being among the hundreds to choose from dotted along Cornwall’s beautiful coastline, here’s a list of five of our favourite beaches in Cornwall…

1) Crantock beach

Sunshine and fun on Crantock Beach

Crantock village and its stunning beach is easily accessed being only a short ten minute drive from Newquay town centre.  With a backdrop of huge sandy dunes for kids to run and play in, and a large stretch of beautifully soft golden sand, stretching to where the north Atlantic ocean crashes in, this is a firm favourite for the whole family.  Located on the other side of Newquay’s Pentire head lays the Gannel Estuary which you can explore by foot at low tide or by Kayak when the tide is high.

On the far left side of the beach, at low tide a beautiful carving dating back to the early 20th Century is revealed in a cave with an inscription which reads ‘Mar not my face but let me be, Secure in this lone cave by the sea, Let the wild waves around me roar, Kissing my lips for evermore’. Legend has it this was carved by the bereaved partner of a woman and her horse who had become trapped in the cave before being washed out to the stormy seas.

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2) Praa Sands beach

Praa Sands

Situated on the stretch of West Cornwall between the Lizard peninsula and Mounts Bay is the idyllic Praa Sands, with its almost white sand which glimmers in the sunshine, you could be mistaken for thinking you’re a World away from the UK.  There is a large car park and a cafe only a short walk from the beach, making this a perfect destination for families.

There is plenty of room on this mile long beach, with sand dunes running along the back for people to find a place to relax and enjoy. This is a popular location for surfing and is only 6 miles from Helston.

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3) Porthcurno beach

Porthcurno Beach

Nestled in a valley between the cliffs, this beautiful beach simply has to be seen to be believed. Overlooked by the World famous Minack Theatre, this small but beautifully formed beach is on the Far West of Cornwall, only a short drive from Lands End and 10 miles on from the bustling market town of Penzance.  It’s not surprising that this entire stretch of coastline is an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Enclosed by the majestic Logan Rock, this stunning beach could easily be mistaken for a tropical destination, with its warmer climate and seabed of crushed white shells creating the turquoise glimmer beneath the sea.

At very low tides, you can walk around to Pednvounder, only more spectacular by virtue of it being harder to get to and therefore a quieter beach than Porthcurno which can get very busy in the high season.

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4) Gwithian beach

View of Gwithian

The rugged expanse of golden sands and sand dunes at Gwithian beach is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Overlooking Lelant beach, Carbis Bay and St Ives in one direction and the iconic Godrevy lighthouse to the other, this is a fantastic place to spend your holiday.  Gwithian beach is located only a short five minute drive from Hayle and has a large car park which leads on to the huge dunes known as The Towans which stretch across the length of the beach.

A great destination for surfing, kite boarding and wildlife spotting in the sea and the rockpools, this beach is often full of life.  Dolphins are regularly seen in the bay and Godrevy is popular location to spot seals, particularly when they are breeding.

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5) Constantine beach

Watch the sunset on the beach

Constantine has a beautiful natural beach on the north coast of Cornwall, only a ten minute drive from the popular destination of Padstow, renowned for its pretty harbour and Rick Stein fish restaurants.  Constantine is a brilliant surfing beach due to the reef at the southern end of the beach, it can create challenging swells and so experienced surfers flock here when the conditions are good.

If you walk across Constantine beach in the direction of Trevose lighthouse, you’ll reach a small sandy beach called Booby’s Bay which is popular with experienced surfers and has lots of rock pools to explore when the tide is out.  Trevose lighthouse stands proud on Trevose Head and provides spectacular views across the north coast of Cornwall, as far as the eye can see to Newquay and beyond on a clear crisp day.

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If you’d like to come and visit any of these beautiful beaches, click here to view our selection of holiday cottages around Cornwall.

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