Best seaside towns in Cornwall

Sun in the sky, chippy tea, plenty of 99 cones and seagulls screaming blue murder all around you. That’s when you know you’re having an amazing Cornish holiday. But some of us make that holiday feeling last forever by moving to enjoy the Poldark lifestyle. If you’re looking to live a coastal life in the South West here are some of the best seaside towns in Cornwall on offer.


Tucked away in the far west of Cornwall, Sennen is just a whisker away from Land’s End. Built in the shelter of the headland and cliffs to keep the town safe from the winter weather, Sennen started out as a simple fishing village but is now a popular surfing and holiday location. With a good pub, fish and chip shop and arts and crafts shops to keep you busy, there’s no better place for a laid back lifestyle.

Gorran Haven

If you want to avoid the worst of the summer crowds, why not explore the idyllic whitewashed cottages of Gorran Haven. Just on the Roseland peninsula near Mevagissey, this is the town that dreams are made of. With a stretch of golden sand along from the little harbour to the rockpools ready for exploring, this is a lovely village in which to bring up children.


If you focus on getting the best waves and enjoying the surf season, then Polzeath is the place for you. The Polzeath beach is one of the best places to surf in all of Cornwall, with the town practically spilling right onto the beach. With lots of surf shops, cracking cafes, and amazing views, this is the place to go to hang ten.

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You might want the beach life while keeping your regular urban lifestyle and that makes Falmouth the place for you. The town has plenty of non-traditionally beachy amenities: hospital, shops, docks, a university, museums and a castle, ready to occupy your time when you’re not out on the sands. But there are amazing beaches in Falmouth; Gyllngvase, Castle beach, and Swanpool. You can spend half the day in your favourite shop, nip out for a nice meal, enjoy an afternoon on the beach and spend the rest of the night on the town.


Life’s a beach down in Bude. With a different atmosphere from other coastal villages in the county, Bude has a wide-open feel that matches its long-standing beach town history. Bude was home to the UK’s first life-saving club for the beach way back in 1953. You’ll be in good hands here for sure as you enjoy Summerleaze and Crooklets beach.


The original Cornish beach town, it’s got everything you could want. Popular with sun and sea seekers since the nineteenth century, it boasts a zoo, aquaria, live pirate shows, surf schools, and one of the best-known beaches in all of Cornwall; Fistral beach. You’ll have to share them with thousands of tourists every year, but if that doesn’t faze you, Newquay might just be your new home.

St Ives

The perfect place for artists, bohemians, and men with seven wives carrying seven sacks with seven cats and seven kits, St Ives really does have a lot of beaches to satisfy any sand lover. Surf at Portmeor, eat at Portminster and love the views that you find everywhere.

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