5 Facts About Cornwall’s Amazing Beaches

February 22nd, 2021

With picturesque views and Cornish ice cream enjoyed by the sea, there’s a lot to love about Cornwall’s beaches!


Thanks to its amazing beaches, Cornwall is a prime spot for short breaks and holidays. While it isn’t possible to travel at the moment, we can still admire everything that Cornwall has to offer from afar – and look forward to visiting once restrictions ease.


For now, here are our top facts about the gorgeous beaches of Cornwall!


The coastline around Penzance

Longest UK Coastline

As one of the go-to holiday destinations in the UK, it comes as no surprise that Cornwall is not lacking when it comes to beaches and miles upon miles of spectacular coastline.


With a coastline spanning 433 miles, Cornwall has the longest coastline out of the UK counties. With such an extensive and diverse coastline, it is not only a great place for seaside holidays but also attracts both water sport and nature enthusiasts too!


A beach in St Ives on a sunny day

Over 300 Beaches

With that expansive coastline, there is plenty of room for lots of beaches – more than 300, in fact!


Thanks to such a large number of beaches, Cornwall has a lot of variety in its landscape. Whether you prefer a white sandy paradise, pebbled shore or secluded cove, Cornwall has got it all, offering new experiences and views around every corner.


Surfers at Watergate Bay

Features Great Surf Spots

Just like the beaches themselves, the waves you’ll come across are extremely variable. While some beaches attract gentle swells, you’ll also see waves reaching impressive heights.


Fistral Beach in Newquay is one of the best surf spots in the UK, offering waves suitable for beginners and professionals alike. This beach is renowned for providing some of the best breakpoints in the country.


Waves have been known to reach 30ft over the Cribbar reef!


Morwenstow beach in Bude

Home to Unique Coastal Features

Not only can Cornwall’s beaches be admired for their sandy shores and awe-inspiring waves, but you can also expect to see plenty of fascinating coastal features along many Cornish beaches. Eroded cliffs, arches and sea caves make for some great holiday snaps!


One of the most famous features is the Trevone Roundhole, a blowhole in the middle of a headland in Trevone Bay. Waves enter the corresponding sea cave, and the pressure means that air and spray are released through the blowhole, causing an impressive crater in the top of the cliff.


Perranporth beach at sunset

Award-Winning Beaches

If you don’t believe us when we say Cornwall’s beaches are something special, just listen to the experts!


Cornwall boasts numerous award-winning beaches with a collection of countless Blue Flags and Seaside Awards.


These awards are given to the best of the best, showing an international standard for quality beaches, assuring visitors that these locations are clean, safe and boundless with natural beauty!


If you’re looking forward to a Cornish beach holiday of your own in the future, why not take a look at our luxury cottage options to start planning your perfect break? For more illuminating facts about Cornwall, check out our blog that’s rich with great local insight.