Cornwall holidays on the beach: Your ultimate guide to coastal escapes

There are few places in the UK that compare to Cornwall beaches. From the gentle lapping of waves against the rocks, to the warm golden sand between your toes and the fresh sea breeze that refreshes the soul. If this isn’t the definition of holiday bliss, we don’t know what is.

A sunny day at the beach.

Each year, British holidaymakers flock to Cornwall in their droves, and the county’s stunning beaches are a major reason for that.

Cornwall holidays on the beach will forever be popular, and that’s why we’ve put together this guide to the best of Cornwall’s coastal havens, with a list of what we feel are the best beaches in Cornwall!

A family enjoying a summers day on the beach. There is a mother and father and two young children.

Discover the charm of Cornwall beaches

When it comes to finding the perfect beaches, it will depend on what part of the county you’re staying in. It’s also worth considering what kind of activities you want to do on the beach. Are you looking for golden sand to catch a few rays on, or go adventuring over the dunes? With over 300 beaches in Cornwall, there is something for everyone!

Cornwall's top beaches:

Towans beach at St Ives Bay

The Sunday Times beach of the year is at our very own St Ives Bay. The stunning sandy beach with crystal clear waters is perfect for swimming, water sports and sunbathing, making it the perfect family beach day.

Towans beach is the perfect location to relax and soak up the sun. There are also plenty of stunning coastal walks for you to enjoy in this beautiful area.

Porthcurno Beach

One of the most famous of Cornwall’s beaches, Porthcurno, features golden sands, clear waters and crashing waves, all set against the backdrop of rugged cliffs.

It’s the perfect spot to lie back and soak up the sun, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, there is a selection of coastal walks to help you enjoy this stunning oasis at its finest. 

Constantine Bay

Widely regarded as one of the best surfing beaches in the county, Constantine Bay is a must-visit for any Cornwall beach holiday.

Picturesque pale sands await you, backed by a network of sand dunes and various rock pools. 

Located near Padstow, a thin rocky point separates Constantine Bay from nearby Booby’s Bay, another popular beach among Cornwall holidaymakers.

Kynance Cove

Visit Kynance Cove and you might feel like you’ve left earth and gone to heaven. This beach paradise is one of Cornwall’s most picturesque locations, with large jutting sea stacks standing tall amidst the clear turquoise waters.

The serpentine rock formations offer plenty for would-be explorers, while those seeking greater relaxation can simply sit back and enjoy the sand, sea, and stunning views. Located on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, this remote haven will take your breath away.  

Pedn Vounder Beach

If smooth pale sands backed by stunning cliffsides are your thing, you’ll simply adore Pedn Vounder Beach.

On a clear summer’s day, the sea shimmers like sapphire, the sun lending a golden hue to this coastal paradise. Pedn Vounder was once regarded as something of a secret haven, but in recent times its popularity has soared. It’s certainly a beach worth visiting if you’re holidaying in Cornwall. 

Sennen Cove

One of the most westerly beaches in the country, Sennen Cove is just a stone’s throw from Land’s End and is a favourite amongst families and surfers alike.

This beach features sand, sea, and surf aplenty, and there is even a range of shops, galleries, cafes, and pubs nearby to cater to your every need.

Memorable beach holidays in Cornwall image

Memorable beach holidays in Cornwall

There are so many memories to be made on a beach holiday in Cornwall. Whether it’s splashing about in the sea, building the world’s greatest sand castle, or simply relaxing with a good book and an ice cream, Cornwall takes beach holidays to the next level.

Your ideal accommodation on Cornwall's shores

No Cornwall beach holiday would be complete without a fabulous place to stay. Whether it’s caravans, cottages, lodges, chalets or apartments you’re after, there’s stylish accommodation to suit every taste and budget.

Away Resorts offers Cornwall beach holidays in a variety of locations throughout the county, with the following parks located near beaches in Cornwall:

Four-legged friends included!

Four-legged friends included!

Family fun

Family fun


Got any questions about beaches in Cornwall, or Cornwall beach holidays? We’ve got you covered!

How many beaches are there in Cornwall?

Cornwall boasts over 300 beaches, meaning you’ll be spoiled for choice when choosing which beaches in Cornwall you’d like to visit!

What are the best beaches in Cornwall?

There are so many beautiful beaches in Cornwall, and everyone will have their own personal favourites. As per our list above, we feel Porthcurno Beach, Constantine Bay, Kynance Cove, Pedn Vounder Beach, and Sennen Cove are among the best beaches in Cornwall.

Which part of Cornwall has the best beaches?

There are many fantastic beaches to be found throughout Cornwall, so no matter where you’re headed, you’ll have a collection of coastal havens to choose from.

St. Ives Bay is naturally a popular spot among holidaymakers, while the Lizard Peninsula features some truly spectacular beaches. Wherever you go along Cornwall’s coast, you can be sure that a quality beach isn’t too far away!

Which beaches in Cornwall allow dogs?

Many beaches in Cornwall will be happy to welcome your four-legged friends, but we advise you to check in advance for the individual requirements for each beach.

Does St Ives have a sandy beach?

Yes! There is a great selection of sandy beaches in and around St Ives, with soft sands and shimmering shores to dip your toes in.

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