Your favourite Cornish beaches

9th September 2015

When we asked our social followers to name their favourite Cornish beach we were overwhelmed with your response. We sifted through some 1,377 comments to produce your top 10 favourite Cornish beaches. Here’s what you had to say:

Watergate Bay

1. St Ives

St Ives by Adam Gibbard, Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

151 votes, or 20.7% of total entries

Barbara Madden: “Carbis Bay at St Ives is just wonderful. I loved it, the children loved it ,and now the grandchildren love it, what more can I say”

2. Fistral

Fistral Beach

135 votes, or 18.5% of total entries
Leanne M Phillips: “It has to Fistral… we had an awesome day bodyboarding here.”

Mia D Clarke: “Fistral Beach is amazing. It keeps the whole family entertained – surfing, lovely walks and cafes.”

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3. Looe

Looe by Adam Gibbard, Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

114 votes, or 15.6% of total entries

4. Perranporth

Perranporth by Adam Gibbard for Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

48 votes, or 6.6% of total entries

Denise Scally: “Perranporth is my favourite Cornish Beach. So many fond memories over the years.”

5. Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay

32 votes, or 4.4% of total entries

Peter Davidson: “Cornwall is my favourite part of the world. There are so many I could choose from but Watergate Bay takes some beating.”

Joyce Reeves: “How on earth can you have a ‘favourite’ in such a beautiful county? I visited Watergate Bay in May – LOVED it and so did my two Miniature Dachshunds and Grandson! As a child, we used to visit Looe & Plaidy Beach, St. Ives, Porthcurno, Padstow…”

6. Porthcurno

Porthcurno by Monika Kludcka and Visit Cornwall
©Monika Kludcka and Visit Cornwall

20 votes, or 2.7% of entries

Laura Tacey: “I love Porthcurno beach, it’s beautiful.”

7. Padstow

15 entries, or 2.1% of the votes

Kelly Annette Townsend: “Padstow is fab. The water is so clear and I have great memories of spending time seeing basking sharks while sailing there.”

8. Crantock

Crantock by Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

14 votes, or 1.9% of entries

Julie Jones: “Crantock is an awesome family beach. We have been going there for years.”

9. Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove by Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

14 votes, or 1.9% of entries

Tressa Lapham-Green: “Kynance Cove near The Lizard. It was my Mum’s favourite beach too and I spent many childhood summers down there, exploring the caves and collecting serpentine stone.”

10. Polzeath


13 votes or 1.8% of entries

Zoe Ridgway: “Polzeath. Shallow sloping beach, but waves! Great for little ones. And mobile ice cream vans!!!”

And there were a few surprises too

– Tregantle Beach
– Bossiney Haven
– Hemmick Beach
– Lankidden Cove

Oliver Evans: “Vault Beach just along from Gorran Haven. It’s a bit hidden out of the way which makes it more special. I usually go fishing between Gorran and Vault too. It always seems a few degrees hotter on this beach, perhaps that explains the naturists at the far end!”

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