Whether surfing at Fistral Beach, dipping your feet in turquoise waters at Porthcurno or hunting for crabs at Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall is home to hundreds of stunning stretches of sand.

Fistral Beach
The iconic Fistral Beach has some of the most consistent waves in Europe, with huge swells and some cracking barrels. Fistral Beach is a surfers paradise and is the setting for many surfing competitions and the Boardmasters festival in August but is also a popular family beach, with parking, toilets, showers and cafés galore. Don’t forget to pick up some Rick Stein fish and chips.

Porthcurno Beach
Just along the coast from Penzance is an oasis of natural beauty. Famous for its soft white sand, crystal clear turquoise waters and open-air Minack Theatre carved into the cliffs above, Porthcurno Beach is described by some as a paradise.

Treyarnon Bay
This popular family beach boasts a vast expanse of fine sand at low water with plenty of nooks waiting to be discovered.Backed by sand dunes, Treyarnon Bay is a beautifully clean, north-west facing, sandy beach surrounded by low cliffs.

If you’re after remoteness, Sandymouth feels miles from anywhere. Featuring dramatic cliffs, waist-deep rock pools and uninterrupted golden sand, there’s space for all activities. And at high tide, why not sit on the rocks or hike the South West Coast Path and enjoy the extraordinary views.

Watergate Bay
Three miles outside Newquay, Watergate Bay is an adrenalin-seeker’s playground. There’s surfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and waveskiing. Sand lovers can rent a kite buggy or a land board and afterwards, refuel at The Beach Hut with delicious food and stunning sunsets. So don your wetsuit and find your water sport!

Kynance Cove
One of Cornwall’s most instagrammed locations, Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsula has an almost magical vibe. Marvel at pyramids of rare serpentine rock rising from the turquoise sea whilst indulging in a crab sandwich or cream tea from the highly recommended café.

Charlestown Beach
Get ready to be star struck. Besides ‘Poldark’, the Georgian port of Charlestown has appeared in ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Mansfield Park’. After relaxing on the beach, wander around the Grade II-listed harbour, discover the Poldark Exhibition and amble down to the Shipwreck & Heritage Centre.