More people are flocking to Cornwall for their summer holidays than ever before, and with its magnificent coastline, the tastiest Cornish pasties and plenty of things to do with the family, I can certainly see why. Not forgetting it has over 400 beaches where you can choose to catch a few waves or take a long stroll with the sand in your toes. With so many beaches it makes it almost impossible to whittle them down to the best ones, but I’ve taken on the challenge for Snaptrip and here’s my list: the top five beaches in Cornwall!
1. Crantock Beach
The small village of Crantock is located near Newquay, between the east and west Pentire headlands and although it might be small, it has one of the best beaches. Crantock Beach is a firm favourite with local surfers and families. Not only voted best beach in 2013, it is also looked after by the National Trust – meaning you can expect the best of soft golden sands. When you’re done at the beach you can walk up to the Bowgie Inn a pub that serves local Rattler cider along with the best view of Crantock beach.
2. Fistral Beach
If you love surfing, this is the beach you want to visit. Having hosted most of the UK surfing competitions (including the ever-popular Boardmasters) Fistral is an iconic beach for surfers to catch a wave. Most people who travel to Cornwall will have heard of this beach in the centre of Newquay town and even if you’re are not into surfing, it’s great to walk along and watch the world go by. With plenty of restaurants onsite you will be spoilt for choice.
3. Porthminster Beach
With so many lovely beaches in St Ives, it’s hard to pick just one, but Porthminster beach has such stunning turquoise sea water and a tropical ambience that you almost feel like you’ve left Cornwall and gone to the Caribbean. Being that it’s a very long beach (half a mile!) there’s plenty of sand and space for you to relax. Then, once you’ve finished relaxing on the beach, you are just minutes from the centre of St Ives and all it’s pretty cafes.
4. Perranporth Beach
Situated about eight miles from Newquay and boasting three miles of golden sand, this is a beach the whole family, the dog and the surfer inside you will love. Backing onto the sand dunes and with wonderful walks in all directions, plus a pub right on the beach there isn’t much more could you want from a Cornish beach. If you’re visiting at the end of June you won’t want to miss the beach festival, Tunes in the Dunes.
5. Lusty Glaze Beach
Another award winning beach on the list is Lusty Glaze, one of the five main beaches that make up the coast of Newquay. Winning Beach of the year 2017 by The Times and the Sunday Times, we can certainly see why, this beautiful sandy beach is more secluded than the rest because of its horseshoe-shaped cove and high cliffs. It has its own restaurant, accommodation and an action packed adventure centre including abseiling and a long zip-wire. The beach also hosts lots of live music events throughout the summer months – so there’s much for you to lust over!