|West Cornwall offers a variety of quality beaches
and coves from busy family beaches to popular watersports venues and,
at the other extreme, tucked away quieter suntraps......
Along the 50 miles of coastline, there are the gorgeous open miles of silky white and glowing golden sands of St Ives, Hayle and Sennen as well as the smaller crescents in the coves like Porthcurno and Carbis Bay.
For your peace of mind this area has the biggest life saving team in the UK. Lifeguards are in attendance at many beaches in the summer months.
So let us take you around the shores from Prussia Cove to Godrevy...
|PRUSSIA COVE. Pebbly beach with safe bathing and seclusion. Car Park.
|PISKY COVE. A small isolated cove. Good bathing but at high tide the beach becomes covered. There are large flat rocks suitable for sunbathing.
|PERRANUTHNOE. A sandy beach backed by high cliffs. Safe bathing at most times. Ideal for Children. No dogs from Easter 'till 1 October. Car parking nearby.
|MARAZION. Sandy beach with causeway to St Michael's Mount at low tide. Popular with families and for watersports. Lifeguards on duty in summer months. No dogs Easter 'till 1 October. Large Car Parks.
|PENZANCE TO LONG ROCK. Sandy beach, turning to shingle towards Penzance. Windsurfing schools open to the public. No dogs Easter 'till 1 October. Car parking.
|MOUSEHOLE. At the entrance to the village there is a sandy beach with safe bathing and there are sandy areas in the Harbour when the tide is low. No dogs Easter 'till October. Limited car parking.
|LAMORNA. Small Harbour surrounded by boulder clad foreshore. There is sand in the harbour and safe bathing within the harbour limits. Dogs permitted. Small car park.
|PENBERTH. A small National Trust owned fishing cove at the end of a very pretty valley. Dogs permitted. Very limited car parking. Best viewed from the coastal path.
|PEDN-VOUNDER. Isolated stretch of sand - moderately safe bathing, but beware of sand bank forming as the tide comes in. Some nudist sunbathers. Very difficult access down steep cliff. Dogs permitted. Car parking at Treen half a mile or so away along cliff path.
|PORTHCURNO. Beautiful sands situated underneath the cliffs near the Minack Theatre. Very safe bathing, sunbather's paradise. Lifeguards on duty in summer. No dogs Easter 'till 1 October. Large Car Park.
|PORTHCHAPEL. A small sandy beach. Bathing is safe on the Eastern side of the beach. Dogs permitted. Car park by the church a quarter of a mile away. Seals may be seen.
|PORTHGWARRA. Picturesque, with sand at the bottom of the slip and access through a cave. Dogs permitted. Easy parking.
|NANJIZEL. Sand and boulders in this beautiful cove, but bathe with care. Dogs permitted.
|SENNEN. A long sandy beach with small fishing harbour and lifeboat station. First class surfing conditions and safe bathing within the flagged areas. Life guards on duty in summer. No dogs Easter 'till 1 October. Blue Flag Award. Car parks at each end of the bay.
|GWENVER, SENNEN. Sandy beach which provides some of the most spectacular surfing conditions in the country, but only suitable for experienced Malibu board riders. Bathers should take particular care to keep within the flags, and if in doubt take the advice of the lifeguards. Small car park on the cliffs.
|PRIESTS COVE, CAPE CORNWALL. Attractive fishing and relaxing scene. Children's swimming pool on the rocks. Limited access to the sea, except on slipway. Limited parking.
|BOAT COVE, CAPE CORNWALL. Picturesque fishing cove with pleasant bathing for good swimmers. Limited parking.
|PORTHERRAS, PENDEEN. An attractive blend of sand and rock. Conditions often unsuitable for bathing. Excellent cliff walks.
|PORTHMEOR, ST IVES. Sandy surfing and surf bathing beach. Generally safe bathing, check with life guards. Parking above the beach. Restaurant and cafe facilities on the beach. Dogs not allowed Easter 'till 1 October. Blue flag award.
|PORTHGWIDDEN, ST IVES. Small sandy cove and delightful sun-trap with safe bathing, but keep inside the buoys. No dogs Easter 'till 1 October. Parking on the Island.
|ST IVES HARBOUR. Very sheltered with sandy areas in the harbour. A perfect sun-trap in the heart of the town. No dogs Easter 'till 1 October. General parking available.
|PORTHMINSTER, ST IVES. A half-mile of golden sand with calm sea conditions. Very safe for bathing, sheltered from most winds. Lifeguards. Blue flag award. No dogs Easter 'till 1 October. Car parking at the Railway Station.
|CARBIS BAY. A large sandy beach with very safe bathing and almost always very calm conditions. Lovely spot for children. No dogs Easter 'till 1 October. Good parking.
|PORTHKIDNEY, LELANT. A vast expanse of sand and a long walk to reach the beach. There are sand dunes behind and at low tide it is almost a mile to the waters edge. It is dangerous to bathe in the river, but very safe in the sea if you keep between the flags. Plenty of room for everyone. Lifeguards in summer. Limited parking by Lelant church.
|MEXICO TOWANS, HAYLE. On the north side of the Black Cliffs, with moderate surfing conditions and a sandy beach. Excellent for bathing. Lifeguards in Summer. Excellent parking.
|BEACHSIDE, HAYLE. An open sandy beach with safe bathing. Occasional good surfing conditions, and ideal for novices. Lifeguards in summer. Large car park.