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Where are the best places to enjoy a beach BBQ in Cornwall?

From the sunset views and listening to the roaring seas to the great food and feel of the sand between your toes, there is something magical about having a BBQ on the beach.

This is especially true in Cornwall as there are several world-class beaches you can visit in the county, and in this guide, we look at whether you can BBQ on the beaches in Cornwall and where the best spots are in the Duchy.

Can you BBQ on the beach in Cornwall?

The simple answer is yes, but there are some things that you will need to keep in mind. First, you must double-check with the local authorities to see if any restrictions are in place.

Another consideration is that you will need to bring your own grill and charcoal, and you will also need to clean up your grill and safely dispose of your coals once you have finished. Council-run beaches prohibit the use of gas BBQs.

The best places to enjoy a beach BBQ in Cornwall

  • East Looe Beach
  • Perranporth Beach
  • Porthmeor Beach
  • Fistral Beach
  • Marazion Beach

East Looe Beach

East Looe Beach in Cornwall

Looe has previously been voted the UK’s best coastal resort, and the picturesque town offers plenty of things to do. There is so much to do from exploring the town and its narrow streets or hiking along the South West Coast Path to fishing trips from the picturesque harbour to relaxing on the beach.

If you are staying at our Looe caravan park in Cornwall, then Looe Beach is not very far to travel at all and with its panoramic views, it is the perfect destination for a beach BBQ. East Looe Beach is sandy, and with it sitting directly in front of the old town, you can enjoy some time on the beach and explore the town all within one day. The beach is also great for swimming too, as the water is sheltered from the west by the famous Banjo Pier.

Katrina, the writer behind the Real Girls Wobble blog, has visited East Looe Beach before, and she spoke about her experience at the beach: “It has a gently sloping sandy beach, making it popular with families for swimming and building sandcastles. You’ll see paddleboarders and wild swimmers in the colder months. There are plenty of facilities nearby, but it is a walk from the car park (about 15 minutes).”

Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach in Cornwall

Perranporth Beach is one of the best beaches in Cornwall, and it is the perfect location for a beach BBQ as it boasts miles of sand and is perfect for families, walkers and surfers.

What makes this beach extra special is that it has its own bar in the middle of the beach called The Watering Hole, so if you run out of alcohol during your BBQ on the beach, you can always head to the bar!

Charlie Pauly, an adventurer and travel writer who runs his own blog, talks about his experience of visiting Perranporth Beach: “With a 2-mile expanse of golden sand, huge surf, sand dunes, a bar (literally on the beach) and much more there is plenty to enjoy for everyone.

“This beautiful beach also has a really nice vibe in the evening with the restaurant/bar and live music all available to enjoy.

“The views are stunning, especially at sunset, so don’t forget your camera.”

Porthmeor Beach

Porthmeor Beach in Cornwall

Popular with surfers and swimmers alike, Porthmeor Beach is a sandy beach located on the doorsteps of Tate St Ives.

It might be best known for being a world-class beach for surfing, but it is much more than that, as there are so many different activities than that. Located between two headlands makes it a paradise for swimming in the sea, and it has a large expanse of sand so you can dry off and spend some time sunbathing afterwards.

If you visit the beach with children, there are rock pools where you can find a host of marine creatures.

Porthmeor is an award-winning beach famed for its stunning sunsets, making it a great place to enjoy a beach BBQ in Cornwall.

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall

Fistral Beach is arguably Cornwall’s most famous as it is regarded as one of the best spots for surfing in the UK and Europe, boasting a long, sandy beach.

It is the perfect beach to visit if you are on a family holiday in Cornwall with your children because it offers the sea and surf as well as being home to a variety of facilities that range from surf hire equipment, surf lessons, showers, toilets, plenty of car parking, restaurants and cafes.

Another reason that Fistral Beach is famous is that it hosts some large events, such as Boardmasters, the largest surf and skate festival, and the English National Surfing Championship, to name just a few.

The beach is a great place to enjoy a beach BBQ as you can enjoy some spectacular sunsets and watch people enjoy an evening surf in the world-famous waves of Fistral Beach.


An aerial view of Marazion Beach and St Michaels Mount in Cornwall

If you want to enjoy a BBQ with a spectacular view, there aren’t many better places than Marazion Beach, near Mounts Bay.

With unobstructed views of St. Michael’s Mount, Marazion Beach is one of the best places for a beach BBQ in Cornwall. With its flat and golden sand, you will have lots of space to set up a spot for your BBQ and any beach games you want to play.

The beach is accessible with lots of car parking space, and it is a family-friendly location, which makes it a popular spot for people to visit.

So, if you are heading down to Cornwall this summer and quite fancy a beach BBQ, this guide gives you a good idea about some of the beaches you should head to.

Whether it is caravan holidays or Cornwall camping holidays that you are looking for, here at Tencreek, we can offer you both, so speak to one of our advisors today and book your trip to the Duchy today!

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