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The top 6 beaches in Cornwall

For me, there’s only one drawback to Cornwall – I live too far away to visit every few weeks. But after our trip to Newquay and Falmouth last May, we’ve got another long weekend lined up on the coast north of St Ives.

And while I’m still busy deciding exactly what we’ll do while we’re there, I know the beach will feature. Minnie has already sternly reminded me not to forget her ‘sand things’ as she calls her extensive collection of buckets, spades and sand toys.

Loving the beach - the top six beaches in Cornwall

Helpfully, there’s a new Guide to Cornwall just out, with tips from locals, experts and bloggers – including me (I stand by my recommendation for Tintagel) – to inspire. So if you’re as big a fan as my mini traveller, the top six beaches in Cornwall should be on your list.

Crantock Beach cornwall - top six beaches in Cornwall

1. Crantock Beach
Clean white sand, grassy dunes and turquoise water – no wonder Crantock was voted Best British Beach by BBC Coast 2013.

Porthcurno beach - the top six beaches in Cornwall2. Porthcurno
The contrast of huge rocky cliff, golden sand and incredible clear sea is unbeatable on its own, but this beach has the bonus of the Minack Theatre, a dramatic open-air setting built into the rock.

Perranporth beach - the top six beaches in Cornwall

3. Perranporth
This three miles of gorgeous beach is perfect if you want something more active than sandcastles – snorkelling, surfing, you can even ride on the beach, while the South West Coast Path runs through it.

St Ives - the top six beaches in Cornwall

4. St Ives
St Ives might not be a hidden gem, but there’s a reason it’s so beloved – not least thanks to Porthminster beach. Watch the boats bobbing in the harbour and make the most of the legendary light if you’re artistic (smartphone or easel).

Kynance Cove - the top six beaches in Cornwall

5. Kynance Cove
The views as you walk down to the beach, on the Lizard Peninsula, are almost as spectacular as the beach itself. There’s a reason it’s been voted one of the best in the world.

St Martin's beach Isles of Scilly

6. St Martin’s
With so many spectacular beaches on the Isles of Scilly, it was hard enough choosing just one island. But the incredibly curving bays on St Martin’s are mesmerizingly beautiful.

Apologies to Sennen Cove, Godrevy, Fistral Beach (for the surf and the sunsets) and Porthgwarra (not just for *that* bathing scene from Poldark) which very nearly made the cut. And all the others!

If you want more inspiration, check out this six of the best beaches in Cornwall from Suitcases and Sandcastles too.

The top six beaches in Cornwall - with two coast and the Isles of Scilly to choose from, picking just half a dozen spectacular spots on the coast is tough.

Compiled in association with Digital Outdoors*

Images: St Martin’s copyright MummyTravels; St Ives and beach heart courtesy of Pixabay; all others courtesy of Visit Cornwall (Kynance Cove: photographer John Such; otherwise photographer Adam Gibbard)

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