Beaches to visit when planning your stay

Cornwall is lucky to have some of the best beaches in Europe (or maybe the world), so here we thought we'd introduce you to a few of our favourites to help with your planning.

POLZEATH - 5 miles

An award winning beach, Polzeath attracts a multitude of surfers due to its long slow breaking consistent waves. From novices to pros the wet suited surfers all wait to catch the next perfect wave as do the occasional dolphins and seals that ride the swell alongside them too. The beach is one of only eight beaches in Cornwall that have received the Blue Flag Award 2017.

Polzeath’s little sister beach, New Polzeath to the right of the bay, is a favoured location for swimming away from the surfboards. The Waterfront Cafe Bar serves drinks and snacks during the main holiday seasons and at low tide the soft sand extends ¼ mile in either direction.

Polzeath - A surfers paradise

ROCK - 5 miles

The long sandy beach that fronts the village of Rock is a popular destination for swimmers and sun seekers while out on waters of the Camel Estuary yachtsman, wind surfers and water skiers enjoy the breeze. From the beach there are fantastic views up and down the wide estuary, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and bird watchers paradise, and nearby is a clutch of trendy bars, cafes and restaurants. To the right and along the coast there are spectacular walks across the sand to Daymer Bay and Polzeath and from the village there’s a small ferry that makes the short trip over to Padstow.

Golden sands at Rock Beach

DAYMER BAY - 6 miles

A stunning beach that at low tide forms long stretches of golden sand backed by dunes from Daymer Bay to Rock with superb views across Camel Estuary. 

Daymer Bay is a good sized stretch of sand bordered by dunes and sandhills, comparatively off the beaten track compared to it's neighbours, Rock and Polzeath which gives it a slightly more secluded feel.

The beach is within the mouth of the Camel Estuary so is pretty sheltered and has a gently sloping beach making it safe for swimming.

At south the end of the beach is the grassy mound of Braey Hill which is worth a climb for excellent views of the area. At the foot of the hill a little way from the beach is St Enodoc Church or Sinking Neddy as it is sometimes referred to due to it's close relationship with the sea and sand.

Daymer Bay offers a secluded feel

PORT GAVERNE - 2 miles

Port Gaverne is a sheltered, narrow cove with plenty of sand at low tide and neighbour to Port Isaac and may be the quaintest cove in North Cornwall nestling in under the cliffs.

A National Trust owned beach which has remained almost unchanged in hundreds of years is popular with families as it has plenty of rock pools.  Once a thriving port landing slate and coal and a thriving fishing port for pilchards.  The origin of the name Gaverne is thought to have come from 'Karn Hun' meaning rocky haven and is still spelt 'Port Gavern' by a few locals - pronounced 'gay-verne'. 

Port Gaverne. Possibly the quaintest cove in north Cornwall


Trebarwith Strand is located near the historical village of Tintagel. It’s an iconic beach with Gull Rock perched in the middle of the sea, giving a great view from the sands. Trebarwith is a perfect location for a day’s relaxation with its beach café, fresh homemade donuts, gift shop and The Port William Inn at the top of the hill serving food all day. Trebarwith has a good sized car park, and dogs are allowed on the beach all year long, and because it is a North coast beach, the surf is very good!