5 of the Best Beaches Around Falmouth

June 28th, 2023

Heading down to Falmouth for a Cornish summer holiday? If so, your mind has probably wandered to the numerous beach days you will experience – soaking up the sun, splashing around in the sea and having a fun-filled family break is what awaits in Cornwall. 

We’ve compiled a list of the best beaches to visit around Falmouth to ensure your trip is a memorable one!

Gyllyngvase Beach

Gyllyngvase Beach, commonly referred to as Gylly Beach, is a ten-minute walk from the main town centre, making it the perfect beach to visit after you have wandered around the shops. 

The white sands and crystal waters will remind you of something from a holiday resort abroad. The beach can get quite busy on a nice day, so make sure you get there early to secure your spot. Views from the beach will include the many shipping boats that leave the docks, and the grand Pendennis Castle that overlooks the bay. 

There is an ice-cream and refreshments hut right on the beach if you fancy a nibble, or alternatively, right next door is the Gylly beach café that features a delicious menu, a stocked bar and a decking with seating.

Gyllyngvase Beach

Swanpool Beach

Either put on your walking boots to walk from Gylly beach to Swanpool along the coastal path, or pop in the car for five minutes to make your way to Swanpool beach. Popular with dog-walkers, Swanpool Beach is a beautiful sand and shingle beach with easy parking.

This beautiful beach has great little places to get a bite to eat including an ice-cream hut where you are greeted with an array of options to personalise your treat with sweets, chocolates, fruits and nuts! The outdoor Swanpool beach cafe is also a great place to stop. 

Swanpool beach gives you the opportunity to experience new activities such as crazy golf, water-sports and kayaking, which is available to hire for everyone to enjoy. 

Maenporth Beach

A true hidden gem is just around the corner from Swanpool Beach. Nestled in-between rolling hill countryside is Maenporth Beach. The golden sands lead down to the rich blue waters. 

Maenporth beach is brilliant for families due to the shallow water, rockpools and a variety of marine life to explore. If you are feeling adventurous there are many activities to enjoy such as sailing, kayaking, diving and even sea safaris. 

This beach will be a great option if Gylly and Swanpool are crowded on sunny summer days.

Maenporth Beach

Loe Beach

The sheltered sandy and shingle beach of Loe Beach, located near Falmouth and Truro, is ideal for watersports and swimming. 

You can rent out motor boats, kayaks, rowing boats and sailing dinghies from Loe Beach Boat Hire if you want to have more of an adventurous beach day. There is also the Loe Beach Watersports Centre is a RYA Training Centre where you can partake in courses for sailing, kayaking or windsurfing.

Loe Beach

The Beaches at St Mawes

The historic fishing village of St Mawes is a pleasant day out for all the family. You can reach St Mawes on a ferry that regularly runs from Falmouth. We’ve kind of cheated the list with this entry, as there are three beaches to choose from in St Mawes. These are; 

  • Summers Beach
  • Idles Beach
  • Tavern Beach 

The Summers Beach is a popular choice for visitors and locals alike. It is an ideal location for swimming or kayaking, for anyone that wants to try. There is a summer ban on dogs on this beach.

Idles Beach is in the centre of the village, close to an array of shops and pubs; there is plenty to keep you occupied if the beach seems to get too hot. 

The third option is the Tavern Beach located by the castle. The beach is perfect for swimmers as there is a swimming pontoon; however, it should be noted that there is also a summer dog ban here.

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