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Our guide to the best beaches in Cornwall

As you probably know, Cornwall is renowned the world over for it’s stunning coastline and variety of beaches. From beautiful stretches of sand to picturesque coves with rocky pools, there’s a new beach to explore around every corner.

Here are our top picks for beaches to visit whilst you are on your break at our Cornwall holiday park.

Closest beach to the park

The closest and therefore easiest beach to head to when staying at our Cornwall holiday park is approximately 3 miles away at Porthtowan. This Blue Flag beach is good for families, offering a bit of everything – huge expanse of sand when the tide is out, lifeguards on duty, car parking and a cafe. It’s a good spot to try out surfboarding and surfing, although when the waves are high it can be too advanced for beginners.

Find out more about Porthtowan beach here.

Cornwall beaches with interesting names

Polly Joke Beach sounds like it’s going to provide good holiday vibes and this Cornish beach is one to head to avoid the crowds. Its real name is Porth Joke Beach and it’s located near Newquay on the west coast of Cornwall. This small cove has no facilities and can only be reached on foot, but when the tide is out it’s said that there are more rock pools full of life than any other beach in Cornwall.

Porthkidney Sands is another name to make you smile. You’ll discover this vast expanse of beach at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary, just two miles from the picturesque harbour town of St Ives, West Cornwall.

Surfing beaches

Pretty much every beach in Cornwall can probably be considered a surfing or body boarding beach, but here are some of our top picks.

Fistral Beach in Newquay is deemed to be the heart of the Cornwall surfing scene. With a wide sandy beach and incredible waves, the beach has three parts: South Fistral, the main beach and Little Fistral in the north. Experienced surfers can expect to see waves of more than eight feet here. It’s a great place for families to enjoy a lively day out and there is plenty of beach to play on without having to face the huge waves if you don’t want to.

If you are looking for a gentler introduction to surfing or bodyboardng, then head to Portreath beach. The large beach has soft fine sand, with shingle below the shore line, and gentler waves plus it’s super family friendly with a café, restaurant, take away, beach shops and amusement arcade and public loos nearby.

One final surf beach in Cornwall to consider is Porthtowan. Located within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this Blue Flag award-winning beach with full lifeguard cover is one of Cornwall’s most popular surfing beaches bordered by soft golden sand and backed by large dunes and dramatic cliffs.

Top TV Cornish Beaches

When we say TV we really mean the BBC phenomenon that is Poldark. Holywell Bay and Porthpean Beach at St Austell are two beaches that have featured in this now iconic television series.

Holywell Bay and Gull Rock act as the backdrop to many of the beach scenes in series three of Poldark. This huge beach of golden sand backed by grass tufted dunes is perfect for a chilled beach day – let the kids run wild whilst you lie back and imagine the Poldark cast striding through the waves. Plus to top off your day there is Holywell Fun Park nearby with self-drive rides, pitch and putt and a kids zone. The beach is lifeguarded and it is National Trust land (which means free parking for members).

Best beach for Instagram

Looking for the best Insta pic? Located just around the corner from Land’s End, Porthcurno is beautifully photogenic. When the water is calm it has almost Mediterranean qualities, with bright sand and emerald waters. When the surf is up the water tends to be fast and challenging so suits the more experienced surfer. Despite its location, it’s easily accessible and popular with families.

Best seaside resort beach

You’ve probably noted by now that a lot of place names begin with ‘Porth’ so it seems a good time to mention that Porth means ‘beach’ in Cornish.

Porthmeor is close to the centre of St Ives and is a sandy, safe beach popular with surfers and swimmers. St Ives itself hugely popular with families as there is plenty going on and an easy walk from the beach to plenty of pubs, cafes and surf shops. It holds the prestigious Blue Flag Award 2019 and is lifeguarded during the main summer season.

Like the look of Cornwall as a holiday destination? Find out more about places to stay during your caravan caravan holiday in Cornwall here.

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