Best beaches to watch the sunset in Cornwall

May 09th, 2017

Cornwall is a beautiful place, whatever time of the day it is. Being in the south-west, with several west-facing beaches, you are also in prime position for watching a gorgeous sunset. Seeing the sun dip down behind the horizon, sending rays of pink, orange and gold over the sea and sand is an image you are unlikely to forget.

Book a stay at our Cornwall cottages with a hot tub and in the evening, after a delicious meal at a restaurant, walk down to the beach, spread out a blanket and relax as you watch the sunset.

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is a popular beach for tourists and just three miles from Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall. A large beach of golden sands, it is a prime spot for surfing as the large waves come in from the Atlantic Ocean. You can enjoy the view from the sand, or up on the cliffs sipping on a delicious hot chocolate. Either way, you are guaranteed to see a glorious sunset.

Bedruthan Steps

The golden sands of Bedruthan Steps are only accessible at low tide, so you have to watch the sunset from the cliffs. The granite rocks which are dotted across the beach are stepping stones for the Giant Bedruthan, according to legend. The view from the top of the cliffs is spectacular, and the Steps are a must see for visitors to Cornwall. In addition to seeing the landscape surrounded by blue skies during the day, witnessing the steps turn pink in the setting sun is something else entirely.

Sennen Cove

The long sandy beach and small harbour combined with a laid-back surf style make Sennen Cove a perfect and truly idyllic place to watch the sunset. It is also the most westerly beach in Cornwall, so you get to see every last bit of the sun before it vanishes below the horizon. Couple the view with a delicious ice cream and you will never want to move from the white sands.

Mawgan Porth

A favourite of beach-goers in Cornwall, the west-facing beach is backed by steep cliffs, offering shelter and a break from the wind. Much quieter than other beaches such as those near St Ives, you might be one of the only people on the beach watching the sunset. The experience of watching the sunset over the golden sands, a warm hot chocolate in hand, is hard to beat.

Lusty Glaze Beach

Lusty Glaze Beach has been transformed into a popular resort in the last few years, and with a bar and restaurant on the beach, it is the perfect place to head to for an evening of entertainment. There is often live music too, creating a perfect backdrop to the setting sun. There is not much better than watching the sunset surrounded by the smiles of your family and friends accompanied by the sounds of local musicians.

Image credit: Stuart Warrington