Beaches

West Penwith or ‘The Land’s End Peninsular’ is situated in the far South West of Cornwall and is arguably the most picturesque area of the country. The nearest beaches in Cornwall to Penzance are in Mount’s Bay at Marazion and Long Rock. Our favourite local beach in Cornwall is Gwithian Beach near Hayle.

There is a diverse land seascape with hidden sandy coves such as Porthcurno & Pedn Vounder, and excellent surfing beaches such as Sennen Cove which is great for the family with lots of sand and rock pools.

The stunning coast of Cornwall is accessible via the South West Coastal Path which extends to nearly 300 miles. The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the Coast Path are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences.

Best Local Beaches in Cornwall

Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach, Helston

Gunwalloe is an attractive south-west facing cove on the Lizard with a stream running through the sandy beach which is ideal for paddling.

Porthleven Beach, Helston

Three miles of glorious sand and steeply shelving shingle. At low tide it is possible to walk in an easterly direction, past Loe Bar and the Penrose Estate. You’re sure to find a delicious ice cream or Cornish Pasty to whet your appetite.

Beaches in Cornwall - Pedn Vounder Beach, nr PorthcurnoPorthcurno

A south-east-facing beach around 3 miles from Lands End and 8 miles from Penzance. The easy access, soft white sands and clear blue/green waters of the beach make it a popular destination for holiday-makers.

Perranporth Beach, Perranporth

This is a huge beach with golden sand washed by the Atlantic Ocean. Great for families, walkers and surfers.

Carbis Bay Beach, St Ives

Well worth taking your bucket and spade, this is an award-winning Blue Flag 2012 beach with safe bathing surrounded by subtropical splendour.

Kenneggy Sands Beach, Penzance

Just one of many secret beaches on the south coast of Cornwall, Kenneggy Sands is a sandy beach which can be reached at low tide from Praa Sands. This beach can also be accessed along a winding clifftop footpath with final descent using chained ladders, ideal if you have a keen sense of adventure!

Beaches in Cornwall - Coves around Gurnard's Head, ZennorTreen Cove, Treen

On the coastal road between St Ives and Lands End. A ten minutes’ walk from The Gurnard’s Head Pub at Treen you will find the picturesque Treen Cove. The Cove is a short distance east of the headland and overlooked by the crumbling Chapel Jane. We highly recommend the stunning walk which starts at the Gurnard’s Head at Treen and takes you along the coastal path to Zennor and back through fields and farms to the starting point at The Gurnard’s Head. After the 5 mile (ish) walk you may chose to refuel and enjoy a roast dinner or delicious pint of Ale at the highly regarded Gurnard’s Head.

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Totally recommend John's Dory house. We were two couples with two toddlers (others staying in Crow’s Nest) house was enough spacious.
I stayed at Overstrand with my parents and my 8-year-old daughter in July 2013. The apartment was very comfortable, with everything you could need for your stay. The location was great.
On top of a shopping centre, but in a separate gated enclave, these are well maintained and quiet 'houses', which are fully equipped and sleep four easily.
We had a wonderful holiday staying at Mast Tops. The house was very clean and had everything you could want for - and the welcome pack was very useful too!
We stayed here on our honeymoon, while touring through UK, this cottage was very well equipped and we found it to be lovely and clean. Brilliant location in walking distance of everything we could need.
Our usual bunch decided to organize a get together in Cornwall this year as opposed to the usual choices. And we couldn't have made a better choice!
All the years we have been coming to Cornwall (40) we hadn't realised this holiday home existed! What a find, so convenient to anywhere.
What a place! The kids were thrilled to be staying in a proper home on holiday and it really feel like that!
A fantastic stay at Mast Tops. Great amenities with lots of space for a family of four with teenagers.
The house is as clean and excellent as always. Probably our 4th stay in John's Dory and wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.
Our first stay at John's Dory - a great success! We felt so welcome and very much at home. Wharfside is also very good as a starting point for all kinds of excursions around West Cornwall.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this property or returning for a future holiday.