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Cornwall has a (well deserved!) reputation for boasting some of the best beaches in the UK. From glorious, golden stretches of sand that are made for sunbathing on summer days to rugged coastlines that capture the imagination, there are plenty of coastal spots to enjoy.
A 2022 Seaside Award winner, this gorgeous beach is popular with families and surfers alike. With its soft sand and beach shops, it makes for the perfect classic family beach trip. Grab your buckets and spades and let little ones paddle in the waters, before cooling off with some ice cream! Portreath is also loved by seasoned surfers for its “vortex” surf break! The beach does have lifeguard cover during the summer months, it is recommended to check the RNLI website before you visit for exact dates as these are subject to change.
A sandy beach with rugged cliffs and secret coves, Godrevy is connected to Gwithian Beach at low tides to create a vast stretch of sand. Popular with families and surfers thanks to its impressive waves, Godrevy is perfect for a classic family trip to the seaside, watersports or just an idyllic stroll in the fresh Cornish air. If you do fancy a wander along this coast, you’ll be able to spot the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse which was built in the late 1850s to warn sailors of the presence of Stones Reef. Thanks to its rich history, it is one of Cornwall’s most famous lighthouses.
Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Porthtowan is a beach that is hard to beat! This blue flag beach is not just a surfer’s haven, its vast expanse of soft golden sand backed by dunes and craggy cliffs make it a fabulous choice for families too. There’s even a children’s play park at the top end of the beach, as well as nearby shops, cafés and toilet facilities. Like Portreath beach, it does have lifeguard cover during the summer months, but it is worth checking the exact dates on the RNLI website before you visit.
Gwithian Towans Beach
If you’re more interested in hitting the water than relaxing on the sand, Gwithian Towans Beach is the one for you! Swept by winds off the Atlantic and with a constant swell coming in from the ocean, it provides ideal conditions for surfing, kite surfing and windsurfers. At low tide vast amounts of hidden rockpools are uncovered, great for spotting wildlife and getting up close to some of the wonderful species that call our coast home. Seals are also regular visitors to this beach, though they should be admired from afar and never approached.
Chapel Porth Beach
A beautiful beach that is just as apt for a brisk winter stroll as it is for a summer splash, Chapel Porth is a year-round favourite. During the warmer months paddle in the clear waters and relax on the beach or the surrounding cliffs for a picnic, or, during the colder times of the year, enjoy a winter stomp before retiring to the nearby café to warm up with a hot chocolate. You’ll also find the dramatic ruins of the old Wheal Coates tin mine here which offer a captivating glimpse into Cornwall’s past.