Beaches and surfing in Cornwall

Looking for a beautiful spot to spend a day at the beach in Cornwall? Or perhaps go for a surf? There are miles of natural beautiful coastline and beaches to explore in Cornwall.

Contenders running into the water at Chapel Porth, Cornwall

Chapel Porth 

An intimate rocky cove at high tide to a vast sandy beach at low tide, but beware you don't get cut off by the tide. There's a seasonal cafe, toilets and life guard and, dare we say it, Chapel Porth is also home to the annual World Belly boarding Championship.

Surfing at Poldhu, Helston


On the west side of The Lizard, near Mullion village, this lovely sandy beach is a favourite with families and surfers alike. With a cafe, a car park (not National Trust) and toilets.

Sandymouth beach at low tide


At the most eastern tip of North Cornwall can be found the wide open spaces of Sandymouth. With great surf but also with a Trust car park, seasonal café, toilets and lifeguard you will be well catered for.

View of Durgan Village and its beach backed by woodland

Durgan beach 

The sunny, sheltered, south-facing beach at Durgan is a mixture of pebbles, rockpools and sand. It's a peaceful place to play, watch wildlife and boats or sit and read Glendurgan's guidebook. You'll find tide times at the garden entrance and also outside the Fish Cellar in the middle of Durgan village.