Southern adventure – top 5 Cornwall beaches

Cornwall, on England’s south coast, is one of the warmest and most beautiful areas of the country. Famous for its cream teas and sardines, Cornwall also offers some of the most delightful beaches in the UK, so here we pick five of the best for the beach loving travellers to discover.

Pedn Vounder

Travellers might be forgiven for thinking they have been transported from England to the Caribbean when the first spy Pedn Vounder from the cliffs above. The turquoise waters roll gently up the golden sand in this protected bay, which in the summer months sees a warm, tidal lagoon created by sandbars. A lovely spot for families looking to spend a relaxing day on the sands.

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Port Gaverne

For more adventurous travellers, Port Gaverne in northern Cornwall is a great spot for strong swimmers, who can venture out to the sea caves for a wonderful natural experience. Rocky ledges of varying heights provide perfect plateaus for those looking to practice their cliff diving, while a small inlet also furnishes travellers with younger children with a lovely, safe place to play.

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Sennen, at Whitsand Bay, is a surfer’s paradise, with consistent rollers providing a great day’s surfing for everyone from pros to amateurs (lessons and board hire are both available). Two surf shops back the golden sands to ensure that surfers’ every need is met, while the charming and spacious beach also provides plenty of room for those who are happy to just sit and admire.

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Porthcurno is a picture postcard beach with wonderfully inviting crystal clear waters (look close enough and they are so clear that you might even see fish swimming in them). It can be accessed from the impressive Minack Theatre carved into the clifftop above, which also makes a great spot for lunch. Don’t be put off by the sharks that lurk in the sea in this area around late May – they are basking sharks and entirely harmless. The golden sands of Porthcurno, tucked into a sheltered hollow in the cliffs, are delightfully warm over the summer months and perfect for a long, lazy day of doing little more than sun worshipping, with the occasional dip in the sea to cool off.

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Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove offers a wonderful, windswept adventure for travellers who like to explore nature at its finest. Rock pools host tiny creatures from the deep, while caves and huge piles of red and greenish rock create a dramatic backdrop to the pale sand, which has been attracting beach lovers for more than 200 years.

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Louise Taylor

Louise is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. She loves visiting new places and has a particular interest in exploring local cuisine wherever she travels. Louise has lived in the UK and Portugal and is currently considering where to base her next adventure. Follow her travels at