Take a stroll along the beautiful beaches in Cornwall

Equally perfect for quiet walks or soaking up the summer sun, the many beautiful beaches in Cornwall are what make this county so special.

At Poldown Caravan Park we’re fortunate to be close to some of Cornwall’s finest stretches of golden sand, many of which are pet friendly too.

From the large expanse of beach on the north coast’s Mexico Towans to the cosy bay of Poldhu Cove, there are so many beautiful beaches nearby. Here’s just some of our favourites…

Praa Sands, south coast

A wonderful destination if you have kids to entertain, they’ll love the beach which is great for sand castles, the shoreline is great for splashing about in and you won’t have to drag miles from the car park. Also it’s a pretty good stop off point just for a coffee where you can sit back and soak up the fun seaside vibe.


Rinsey Cove, South Coast

Shhhhh! This one is a secret. The cove is in the shadow of a  former tin mine engine house which was built in 1860. You’ll access down a steep winding footpath, across some rocks and is not for the faint hearted but it is worth the effort.  This area is steeped in tales of smuggling and shipwrecks.  Even on a beautiful summers day, you will feel like you have the beach to yourself.  Great for kids to play in small shallow pools, whilst you drape yourself across the golden sands and relax.

St Michael's MountMarazion, south coast

Marazion is believed to be one of the oldest towns in Britain.  Walk the causeway to the beautiful St Michael’s Mount, visit the sub-tropical gardens and explore the castle. The beach is one of the most beautiful bays, with wonderful views to The Lizard Peninsula, in one direction, and Lands End in the other.  Pop into The Godolphin Arms for a quick drink and the best view of the Mount, unmissable!


Porthminster, St IvesPorthminster Beach, St Ives

With an almost tropical feel in the summer, Porthminster beach is just a short walk from the centre of St Ives. Porthminster is a firm family favourite, with amazing views to Godrevy Lighthouse.  There is safe swimming available.  Why not hang out at Porthminster Beach Cafe and soak up the vibes.


Mexico Towans, Hayle

Located between Hayle Towans and Upton Towans beaches, Mexico Towans forms part of a four-mile stretch of sand that starts from the north of Hayle estuary. Mexico Towans beach is backed by magnificent sand dunes and offers excellent swimming and surfing in the designated zones. Dogs are allowed all year round.


Beautiful Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove, Lizard

This is probably the most photographed location in Cornwall.  There is a steep 10 minute walk down to the cove, but worth it when the sun hits the water it turns it turquoise in colour.  This cove is looked after by the National Trust, from here you can walk over 2 miles of scenic footpath around the cost to Lizard Point.



Poldhu Cove

Poldhu Cove, Mullion, Lizard

This west-facing sandy beach is suitable for lots of fun activities from building sand castles to beach volleyball and rocks to explore at low tide and great for learning how to body board, or take a surf lesson at the Dan Joel Surf School. Every Boxing Day hundreds of people take a traditional dip in the waves.

Want to know more? Check out Visit Cornwall’s ultimate guide to the county’s beaches

Cornwall's best beaches