5 Cornwall Beaches to Visit This Year
10th March 2017
When you think of the best beaches in the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking England has little to offer. After all, where in the UK can you find the expansive golden sands, azure seas and clear clean shimmering surf, that the best beaches in the world boast? Cornwall, of course!
In fact, Cornwall’s beaches have been ranked amongst some of the very best in the world, highlighting just how vibrant a holiday destination Cornwall is. Paired with world class restaurants, incredible cultural highlights and spectacular walks and you’ve got a holiday that’ll stick in the memory for decades to come.
If you’re planning on taking a holiday in Cornwall though, which beaches should you visit? In this guide, we’re going to share with you five terrific beaches to visit this year.
- Gwithian Towans Beach, St Ives
One of the best known and most loved beaches in Cornwall, it’s impossible to draw up any list of fabulous Cornwall beaches without mentioning Gwithian Towans Beach.
Its primary claim to fame is the enormous expanse of gorgeous, soft golden sand which makes up the vast majority of the beach, ensuring everyone can find their own patch, even at the height of summer. However, there’s more to do than just lounging thanks to great surf and easy access to the town, where you’ll enjoy fantastic restaurants, friendly pubs and fantastic shopping.
Put simply? It’s an extremely convenient location to enjoy the incredible sun that Cornwall enjoys without straying too far from the beaten path.
- Porthminster Beach, St Ives
Porthminster beach has plenty of fans amongst the Cornwall holidaying contingent, and for good reason. Luxurious golden sands give way to calm, blue ocean – perfect for swimmers not looking for the surfing challenge of some other Cornish beaches.
Access is extremely easy with St Ives Terminus sitting just above the beach and the beach being just a short walk from the middle of town, but the real highlight is the award winning seafood restaurant which overlooks the beach – just make sure you book ahead if you want to snag a table.
- Marazion Beach, Nr Penzance
Located to the south of St Ives, just 17 minutes in a car away, Marazion beach offers one of the most child-friendly beaches in Cornwall. Beautiful soft sandy beach gives way to luscious blue ocean that doesn’t get deep for a very long time. In fact, you’ll be wading for quite a white before you even get to waist height – making it ideal for those with you children still unsure about the sea. Alternatively at low tide you can walk across the causeway to St Michaels Mount and explore the castle.
- Carne Beach, Truro
Named the second best beach in the world by National Geographic magazine, Carne Beach is an incredible treat for holiday makers.
Notable for its rich natural beauty, National Geographic said of the beach: “The rocky Cornish coast gives way to beaches, and one of the broadest and most beautiful is Carne on Gerrans Bay.
Residents of the nearby villages swim, walk their dogs, and play beach volleyball and cricket along its sandy surface, which at low tide extends to about a mile when neighbouring Pendower Beach adjoins.”
The beach came second behind Racuh a Payaman in the Philippines and trumped a variety of well-known beaches from around the globe. It’ll take you little over an hour to get there via car, but with such a spectacular beach on offer, it’s surely worth the trade-off.
- Praa Sands, Penzance
Listed in the Good Beaches Guide 2015, Praa sands is just a 25-minute drive from St Ives and is home to some of the brightest sands in the world. This light, soft sand is made from seashells that have been crushed over and over by the ocean and deposited on this lovely beach. Located to the west of Long Rock Beach, it’s not quite as expansive as its neighbour, but what it lacks in scale it makes up for in quality.
There’s a car park close to the beach and it’s surrounded by sheltering sand dunes, meaning that the kids can enjoy building sandcastles and paddling in the shallows whilst the more adventurous types can head out further out for the surprisingly big waves on offer.
Find out more about the St Ives and Carbis Bay holidays to experience these beaches for yourself.