There’s nothing quite like a seaside beach holiday in Cornwall to refresh, relax and reset. From north to south, this fantastic coastal county has some of the best beaches in the world just waiting to be discovered, and we have plenty of cottages with sea views located within walking distance of them.
If it’s a luxurious coastal stay near one of the best beaches in Cornwall you’re after then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve even rounded up the pick of the best dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall so your furry friend doesn’t miss out either! Read on to discover all that Cornwall has to offer for your perfect holiday on the beach.
For even more seaside inspiration, take a look at our ultimate beach guide, which also features some secret coves and beaches in Cornwall.
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North Cornwall beach holidays
With some of the best surfing in the UK, countless long sandy beaches and a breathtaking stretch of the South West Coast Path, the North Cornwall coast could be your next favourite place in the UK for a seaside break.
We have a fantastic selection of holiday homes, cottages and apartments dotted along Cornwall’s dramatic coastline. Don’t miss out! Discover our collection of cottages in North Cornwall to start planning your escape today.
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Our top beaches in North Cornwall
Read on for your ultimate inspiration for your next beach break in North Cornwall. We’ve picked our top three beaches which are a must-visit during your holiday in Cornwall.
🏄 Fistral Beach
World-famous for its surf, this is a brilliant beach for catching a big wave or two. Many a surf competition is hosted here at this popular beach which is framed by high cliffs and sand dunes.
Take some lessons with one of Newquay’s many surf schools and gear up at one of the surf shops. Enjoy the cafés, takeaways and shops, or simply sit back and relax on the beach, watching the action from afar!
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👪 Crackington Haven
This sheltered cove lined with cliffs provides a fantastic stretch of sand for sandcastle building competitions and exploring intriguing rock pools.
Lifeguards operate here in the summer and facilities include toilets, a café and a village shop.
Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Crackington Haven is a charming coastal village and makes an ideal spot for a scenic family holiday.
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🐕 Constantine Beach
This dog-friendly sandy stretch of beach welcomes your furry friends all year round and is also popular with surfers and families.
Let your doggo run free and splash in the sea to their heart’s content. It’s all about seaside fun and salty, sandy paws.
Padstow is just 4 miles away, offering a wealth of fish and chip shops, cute narrow streets and a delightful working harbour to discover. With such a charming setting, it’s no surprise that people keep returning for a relaxing holiday in Padstow.
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There are so many great beaches to discover in North Cornwall; check out our full pick of the top beaches in North Cornwall for even more coastal inspiration.
Browse our fantastic range of coastal accommodation along North Cornwall's gorgeous coastline and choose your next beach retreat.
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South Cornwall beach holidays
South Cornwall’s winding coastline is home to some of the UK’s most intriguing beaches.
Sandcastle central? Tick! Revealing rockpools? Tick! Sandy beaches? Tick! Fun beach holidays? Tick! South Cornwall has everything you need for a perfect seaside escape.
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Our top beaches in South Cornwall
We’ve picked our top beaches for you to stay near or visit during your holiday in Cornwall.
🐕 Whitsand Bay
Imagine 3 miles of glistening golden sands and clear waters lapping at the shore.
Whitsand Bay is ideal for long walks with your furry four-legged friend due to the long stretch of sand being accessible at low tide.
Constant swell keeps surfers entertained with some big waves, and rockpools are open to careful exploration. Take care when accessing via the steep path and steps.
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🏄 Praa Sands
Praa Sands is a gorgeous sweeping stretch of wonderfully white sandy beach. It’s a great spot for surfing, and novices can make use of the surf school.
Nestled within the southwest-facing curve between the Lizard and West Penwith, this lovely long beach is backed by sand dunes that offer some welcome shelter to beachgoers.
Its accessible position makes it a hit with families seeking happy days building sandcastles and splashing in the sea.
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Looe is a beautiful seaside town set within South Cornwall’s beautiful coastline.
Looe’s soft, sandy beach gently slopes to the sea to provide safe splashing. Looe is an ideal beach for children as it is also easily accessible from the bustling town. There are lots of little rock pools to explore and sandcastle competitions to be had. Crabbing from the quayside is also a must for curious minds.
With a bustling fishing port, families can enjoy standing on the quayside watching the boats come in before heading out to enjoy a tasty meal or award-winning fish and chips.
Stay in Looe
There are so many great beaches to discover in South Cornwall; check out our full guide on our pick of the best beaches in South Cornwall for even more beach holiday inspiration.
Browse our fantastic range of coastal cottages along Cornwall's charming South Coast and pick your ideal beach retreat.
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Best Cornwall beaches for watersports
We have carefully put together these guides on the best beaches and places for every type of watersport for you adventure seekers to enjoy during your Cornwall holiday on the beach.
Please leave nothing behind but footprints on your beach break. Stay beach safe and check out our guide on lifeguarded beaches in Cornwall.
Enjoy a beach holiday in Cornwall and stay in a cottage on the Cornish coast – we have some excellent coastal properties for you to choose from.
From stylish sea view apartments overlooking the ocean to cosy fishermen’s cottages nestled around historic harbours, you’ll be sure to find the perfect stay for your next beach break.
Wherever you choose to stay in coastal Cornwall, you’ll never be too far from a fantastic day out at the beach on your self-catering holiday.
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