Cornwall’s varied and attractive coastline gives us so many beaches to choose from. From smugglers’ coves to long stretches of golden sand, dramatic cliffs and incredible wildlife snuggled in dunes, it’s hard to know which are the best. We’ve used our local knowledge to select the best beaches in Cornwall.
With CLC Trenython Manor as your fantastic base, you can discover the Cornish coast and enjoy that wonderful, fresh sea air.
Just 45 minutes from CLC Trenython Manor, Perranporth is considered the best of Cornwall’s beaches. Why? Because it has it all. 2 miles of golden sand fringed with dunes which teem with wildlife, great for glorious photos of butterflies and lizards.
In the early morning, you may be lucky enough to spot riders splashing through the surf on their horses. With a selection of cafés and restaurants along its length, you can escape the more crowded end near the town and enjoy the space and facilities.
There are lifeguards on patrol in the summer, the surf is great for both surfers and swimmers and you can even take the family dog with you.
The ‘Home of British Surfing’, Fistral Beach just west of Newquay, is a favourite among surfers of all levels. It is also home to the Boardmasters festival which takes place every August, as well as the prestigious British National Surf Championships. A 45-minute drive from CLC World’s Cornwall resort, there are plenty of places to rent a board if you’re in the mood to catch a wave, or even get a little tuition.
Kynance Cove is one of Cornwall’s most photographed views. The rugged coastline with brilliant blue-green water, wildflowers and a striking rock formation will have everyone reaching for their camera or phone. The local serpentine stone, which is dark green veined with white and red, creates glorious images.
Lansallos Beach (or West Coombe as it is also known) is dog-friendly all year round. An attractive cove of sand and rocks just a few miles west of Polperro, your four-legged friend will love the walks across the clifftops before dipping their paws in the sea. A small waterfall on the western side of the beach used to power a small mill. There is a National Trust car park in Lansallos village (free to members) with footpath access to the beach from beside the church. It’s just over 30 minutes from CLC Trenython Manor.
Porthcurno Beach rivals Perranporth for top spot and its soft white sand is just one reason why visitors gravitate here. Located in the far west of Cornwall, it has won many awards as the turquoise waters lap the natural oasis.
The large beach has a stream that flows down one side which is great for kids to paddle in. On the cliffs is the renowned Minack Theatre, built in the 1920s by theatrical visionary Rowena Wade.
Porthcurno was the base for an international submarine communications cable station. You can visit a network of tunnels and pop into the fascinating Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. There you’ll learn how cables from here were buried beneath the beach before stretching across the world’s seabed.
WATERGATE BAY BEACH
Also on the north coast, 24 miles from the CLC World resort, Watergate Bay is one of the largest beaches in the county. A scenic coastal path runs the entire length of the beach. It provides a fantastic vantage point from which to view the incredible granite rock formations known as the Bedruthan Steps. Only a stone’s throw from Padstow, you can enjoy some fresh fish and chips as well.
Marazion is at the end of a long expanse of pebbly sand that stretches all the way back to Penzance. The Marazion end faces the iconic St Michael’s Mount, accessible via a causeway that is exposed at low tide. Edged by sand dunes, the beach has two moods – calm and sheltered, ideal for families or whipped by strong winds creating a popular windsurfer destination. As the beach meets the town, so the sand gives way to rocky coves. The town itself is considered one of the oldest in England.
This sleepy cove with pure white sand is worth the 15 minute coastal path walk from the car park – but it’s worth it. On a clear day, you can see The Isles of Scilly resting on the horizon. Why not combine it with a day trip from our Cornwall holiday resort to Land’s End?
Fancy a taste of the French Riviera in Cornwall? Then head to Porthminster Beach, just over an hour from CLC Trenython Manor. With verdant trees cascading to the beach and colourful beach huts, there’s also a glorious view across the Godrevy Lighthouse, which inspired Virginia Woolf’s famous novel ‘To the Lighthouse’. A short walk from St. Ives, the beach has safe swimming and a definite tropical feel.
PORTHLUNEY COVE BEACH
For seclusion, Porthluney Cove Beach is a hidden treasure. A privately owned beach in front of Caerhays Castle, you can escape for a solitary walk with your dog or for a swim on a warm day. This picture-perfect spot is only 40 minutes away from CLC Trenython Manor.