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Top 5 Beaches in Cornwall

March 6, 2012 / England, Friends Posts /

While Cornwall is known mostly for its history and picturesque little villages, it has much more to offer.  Cornwall is one of those amazing travel destinations that can cater to just about anyone and ensure a good time no matter what your age, tastes, or preferences.  Cornwall has some amazing beaches to offer, and this list sums up what we believe to be the top 5.

Perran Beach

Somewhere between the golden sands boasted by the British and the white sands found in the tropics, there is blonde sand.  You can have the privilege of sinking your toes into that unique color on Cornwall’s Perran Beach.  This Perranporth beach caters to traveling families, surfers, and laid back travelers just looking to spend a week on the beach.  Conveniently located right behind the beach is a conservation area known as Penhale Sands.  The area is surrounded by cliffs and ensures that the beach will always be readily available, and never destroyed by over development.

Sennen Cove Beach

A lazy spread in front of the small village of Sennen, Sennen Cove Beach is often said to look like the end of the earth.  The vast sandy expanses are great for a day of lounging, building sand castles, or anything else any traveler would expect to enjoy.  The waves are incredible and surfers of all kinds trek to this beach to enjoy the sun and surf.  Of course the word about incredible beaches travels fast, and during the summer Sennen Cove is quite crowded.  If you are vacationing during the off season, this is a great place to be, but expect to fight crowds otherwise.

Rock Beach

Artfully wind-sculpted sand dunes rise dramatically off of the beach in the breathtakingly beautiful area filled with scenic views.  You can take in the fresh air while viewing the coast and experiencing a beach that is rather unique.  Rock Beach runs next to the River Camel all the way to the estuary.  It then extends to Daymer Bay to Padstow.

Holywell Beach and Dunes

It is the dunes that set this beach apart from others; they are so incredible that they are actually protected as National Trust property to ensure their preservation.  Holywell is located southwest of Newquay and offers something different to the traditional surfing that Newquay Beach has to offer.  The views from Holywell are amazing as well; the views towards Penhale Point are a great way to relax and enjoy a day of hot sun, warm sand, and cool water.

Porthcurno Beach

So many things about this beach make it perfect.  It’s located right near St Ives and is only a walk away from Land’s End.  The coastal path that leads you to Land’s End is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth the walk.  Cornwall is considered an area of ‘outstanding natural beauty,’ and this is one of the beaches that gives it that distinction.  The sand and blue waters are framed by cliffs that seem to shelter the area and there is more than enough soft sandy beach to accommodate you and your family, no matter what your plans.

Photo courtesy of Rick Harrison

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