Constantine Bay is widely known as being the one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall. Its wide beach of pale, soft sands taper into the sea in shelves which make it popular for surfing and swimming. It is surrounded by grassy sand dunes and rocky outcrops which are exposed at low tide to provide some fantastic rock pooling with an abundance of marine wildlife to be seen. Water quality has been given an 'excellent' classification by Marine Conservation Society in 2017.
Crackington Haven is a shingle beach sheltered by towering cliffs. It is popular with swimmers and surfers alike. Its rocky outcrops offer great rock pooling at low tide.
Daymer Bay is a beautiful beach with golden sands sheltered by dunes and sand hills within the mouth of the Camel Estuary. Its sands slope gently into the sea making it safe for swimming. A short climb up Braey Hill affords stunning views of the area.
Hawkers Cove offers some peace from the hubbub of neighbouring Padstow. The beach is best reached on foot from the town along the South West Coast Path, passing the ruined fortifications of Gun Point, dating back to the Napoleonic war. Enjoy a Cornish cream tea at the Rest a While Tea Garden nestled in the 200 year old Coastguard Houses with views overlooking the beach. Parking is limited but available at nearby Lellizzick Farm. Dogs allowed all year.
The award winning Polzeath Beach, one of the eight beaches in Cornwall to receive the Blue Flag Award 2017, is a mile in each direction at low tide. Its easy accessibility and long, slow breaking, consistent waves attracts surfers from novice to pro. RNLI lifeguard cover: Easter bank holiday, weekends during April, daily from 5 May to 30 September and weekends during October.
Port Gaverne Beach is a small, sheltered cove nestled below cliffs by the quaint fishing village of Port Isaac. A National Trust owned beach which has remained almost unspoiled in hundreds of years, Port Gaverne is popular with families as it has plenty of rock pools and caves and safe bathing. It has beautiful cliff walks and is a dog friendly beach.
Rock Beach is a long sandy beach popular with swimmers and sun bathers while further out on the Camel Estuary yachtsmen, wind surfers and water-skiers can make the most of the breeze. The Estuary is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a haven for bird life.
Trebarwith Strand Beach is a sandy beach, a little over two miles from Tintagel and is known locally as a surf beach. It offers lovely walks with deep, dark caves and rock pools teeming with sea life at low tide, but becomes completely covered at high tide. It can be reached by a short walk from a car park further up the picturesque valley by the village of Treknow. The Strand Cafe provides drinks and snacks throughout the main holiday seasons.
Sandymouth is a stunning National Trust beach with its own waterfall and many interesting rock formations. Enjoyed by families it has a lifeguard service in high season and dogs are welcome. You can take in the breathtaking views along the coastline at low tide, enjoying a 2 km stroll along the beach returning along the coastal path. The beach has a seasonal cafe, toilets and surf hire. The car park is free to National Trust members.
Widemouth Bay is an open stretch of sand reaching along the coast for 2 miles which is popular with families and surfers. It was awarded the Blue Flag Beach Award 2017 and offers a RNLI lifeguard service at high season.
Challenge the explorer in you! The small sandy beach of Bossiney Cove is tucked away a mile along the road from Tintagel on the way to Boscastle. The beach, entirely hidden by sea water at high tide, can be found by following a footpath over farmland then descending steep steps. Special finds on this beach are Elephant Rock hidden in the cliff face and the intriguing tall narrow cave which opens up into a large cavern with two more caverns which become very dark, so remember your torch! Dogs allowed all year.
One of the most popular beaches for a family day out is Porth Beach, near Newquay. It is a large flat beach of golden sand which has safe bathing and RNLI lifeguard cover daily from 19 May - 30 September. Seasonal dog ban from Easter to October.