What is the Nicest Beach in Cornwall? Our Top Picks

2nd June 2022

Want to know the nicest beach in Cornwall? Well, you’re in luck – there are plenty to choose from. In fact, there’s so many beaches in Cornwall (over 400) that we can’t pick our favourite. Cornwall’s position means it has coastline facing different angles of the ocean and therefore its landscape is dramatically varied. This creates different kind of beaches – the north coast tends to have more surfing beaches, flanked with high cliffs, and benefits from spectacular sunsets, whereas the south coast is more sheltered, with more rugged clifftops and hidden sandy beaches.

We’ve picked our favourite from the north, west and south of Cornwall, ready and waiting for you to visit on your next Cornwall beach holiday!

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So, grab the beach towel and flip flops, and we’ll see you down on the sand.

The nicest beach in north Cornwall

There were many contenders for this one. The north coast is home to the likes of Newquay, Padstow, Watergate and Bude, all areas with world-famous beaches. But there’s one beach which just had to be crowned the nicest – Fistral beach.

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A long stretch of golden sand, grassy sand dunes, consistent waves and ruby red sunsets – what’s not to like?

We’ve also got a variety of retreats dotted around Fistral, some with views of the water- find them here.

The nicest beach in south Cornwall

The south coast has it all, from quiet bays in the secluded shores of Downderry, breathtaking cliffside scenes at Whitsand bay and vibrant marina life in Falmouth.

Our favourite, though, just has to be Gyllyngvase beach. Just a short walk from the main Falmouth town centre, this cove is the perfect combination of silky sand and a blue sea which sparkles in the summer sun. Gylly’s often calm water conditions makes it a picturesque spot for stand-up paddleboarding, allowing you to admire its beauty from out on the water.

We’ve got a selection of retreats in the Liner, an elegant development overlooking the beach, meaning you can sit back on your own private balcony and gaze out to sea. Browse our Gyllyngvase retreats here.

The nicest beach in west Cornwall

We love west Cornwall for its undisturbed wildlife and untouched coastline. Home to the much loved towns of Hayle, Sennen, Mousehole and St Ives, this area is truly a gem when it comes to beautifully preserved natural landscapes. Choosing the nicest beach is a difficult task when it comes to west Cornwall, as they are all so uniquely stunning.

But there is one beach which stands out, with its impressive three mile stretch of golden sand impossible to ignore. It is, of course, Gwithian beach in Hayle. This large, open expanse of beach is perfect for dog walking, horse riding and even kite flying, and offers the freshest sea air you could possibly breathe in. For the ultimate Cornish beach experience, look no further.

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Browse our other beach locations to discover your favourite beach, and keep an eye on our special offers page for discounted stays by the sea.

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