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Cornwall’s beaches

Cornwall is famed for its stunning coastline and unrivalled natural beauty. And, if your idea of holiday heaven is a day on the beach then Cornwall is definitely the place to be!

Our holiday park is only a short distance from some of the county’s most beautiful beaches. So, whether you want somewhere for a dip in the sea, play frisbee with the kids or just lie back and soak up the summer sun, there’s something nearby for you. Take a look at our guide to some of the best local beaches.

Talland Bay

Located only a short distance from our park, Talland Bay is home to two small beaches. The one to the west has sand both at high tide and low tide and is good for swimming at both high and low tides. They are ideal for those with pets, as they are pet friendly, and there’s also lots of rockpools to discover at low tide.
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Looe Beach

If you’re looking for a good quality sandy beach – but don’t want to travel too far from our holiday park then look no further than East Looe Beach. Sitting directly in front of the old town, sheltered from the west by the famous Banjo Pier and overlooked from the east by the hillside of Mount Ararat, East Looe beach has something for everyone.
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Lansallos Beach

Lansallos beach (also known as West Coombe) is a quiet, attractive, south facing cove of sand and rocks just a few miles west of Polperro. There is a small waterfall on the western side of the beach known as Reed Water which used to power a small mill. Owned by the National Trust, there is a car park and access down to the beach is beside the church.
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Millendreath

Located close to Looe, Millendreath Beach is a south-facing beach that lies at the foot of a wooded valley in a sheltered cove. At low tide the beach boasts pleasant soft sands and numerous rock pools to explore but at high tide beach mostly disappears. Please note, there is a year-round dog ban on this beach.
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Plaidy Beach

This small sand and shingle beach is located next to Millendreath beach. It’s a nice spot for a summer getaway and, as it backs onto a residential area, there isn’t any commercial development – giving it a quieter feel.
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Kingsand Beach

Consisting of sand and shingle, Kingsand Beach is a south east facing beach and backs right onto the village. The beach at Kingsand overlooks Plymouth Sound and has fantastic views of the ships coming and going
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Cawsand Beach

This calm, sheltered beach is made up of sand and shingle and looks out over Plymouth Sound; it is generally considered a safe place for swimming. The beach also has to many rock pools to explore. Boats can be hired and there is a slipway from the beach. A good place for families.
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Lantic Bay

If you’re up for a bit of a hike then Lantic Bay will reward you with one of the most stunning locations in Cornwall without a doubt. Use the National Trust car park a mile east of Polruan near Fowey and take the well-marked footpath across the road and into a field. The great reveal is made as you walk over the brow of the hill, and there below you is a sand and shingle beach in a cove cut into towering cliffs smothered with gorse and windswept hawthorns. The trek down to the beach is steep and takes around 20 minutes so take your time and enjoy the view.
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Seaton

This lovely family beach with large cafe, shop and toilets set in a quieter part of Cornwall has everything you need for a memorable day out. The large beach of sand with small pebbles is south facing and located at the entrance of the River Seaton valley. Ideal for sailing (with slipway), surfing and shore fishing and for the younger ones some paddling and splashing out in the river.
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Downderry

A wide, straight beach made up of shingle and sand with rock pools at low tide. A sea wall along the back of the beach gives walking access to Seaton to the west. Downderry has a shop, cafes and a pub. Parking and toilets in the centre of the village. This beach is dog-friendly all year, too!
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Portwrinkle

Portwrinkle is on the western end of Whitsand Bay, on the south coast of Cornwall. There are two sand and shingle beaches with numerous rock pools and a small harbour. Portwrinkle is popular with families and the east beach, known as Finnygook beach, can be used by experienced surfers. There are steep paths down to both Portwrinkle beaches.
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Whitsand Bay

The beaches of Whitsand Bay offer three miles of stunning sand from Rame Head to Portwrinkle and are considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. Reached by steep paths and steps that wind down between the verdant vegetation, these beaches are never crowded. At low tide the long stretches of glistening sand provide great walking or jogging opportunities, whilst the constant swell keeps surfers happy riding some huge waves. Rock pools dotted along the beach reveal fascinating marine life, and out to sea the bay is a popular dive site, home to HMS Scylla, an ex-naval frigate sunk in 2004 to form an artificial reef.
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Further afield

If you don’t mind jumping in the car and driving to a beach, then why not head to Cornwall’s north coast, where the beaches are very different in their look and feel – but can be much busier, especially at peak times.

Fistral Beach

As one of the world’s top surfing destinations, backed by high cliffs and sand dunes, Fistral is the playground for hundreds of enthusiasts who flock to the beach to get a fix of the big waves. All the big UK surf competitions take place here including Boardmasters, the Quicksilver Skins, the UK Pro Surf Tour and the BUSA Championships so if you’re a gung-ho pro or a just a timid beginner, this is the ideal place for you to show off or take your first tentative dip in the ocean.
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Crantock Beach

Owned and maintained by the National Trust, Crantock offers a large expanse of golden sands backed by dunes between the Pentire Headlands to both east and west. Popular for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and wind-surfing with board/canoe hire on the beach. Dolphins occasionally visit too! Lifeguard cover is provided from late May to late September. Cafes, toilets and parking with 150 spaces are nearby along with a camping site. Access is difficult through steep dunes.
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Polzeath

An award-winning beach near Wadebridge that attracts a multitude of surfers due to its easily accessible location and long slow breaking consistent waves. From novices to pros, looking like tadpoles bobbing in the water, the wet-suited surfers all wait to catch the next perfect wave as do the occasional dolphins and seals that ride the swell alongside them too.
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Perranporth

It’s the beach everyone raves about and billed as a great place for surfing, snorkelling, sailing and generally splashing around. so what’s the attraction? Well, the miles of really golden sand are probably a good start, plus the huge surf, the sand dunes etc. etc. Yes, it’s a pretty impressive place. Starting from the village, it’s easily accessible which is ideal if you’ve got young ones in tow and you could just plonk yourself on the sand close to the village, put down your beach towels and relax.
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