best family beaches in cornwall

30 Best Family Beaches in Cornwall (Children Friendly 2022)

Looking for the best family beaches in Cornwall that are child-friendly or even stroller friendly? 

What I’m about to share in this article will certainly make you or your baby clap in excitement!
There’s nothing better than spending the day at the beach in the summer, and Cornwall is blessed with more than 400 beautiful & pristine beaches, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK.

The abundance of child-friendly beaches and rock pools along the county’s coastline explains why thousands of tourists flock to the county’s seaside towns and fishing communities each summer for fun in the sun.

As much as I wanted my 10 best beaches in Cornwall, I don’t think it’s fair to be that stingy as Cornwall has so many lovely & stunning family-friendly beaches.

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Best Family Beaches In North Cornwall

1. Crooklets Beach

2. Summerleaze Beach

3. Polzeath Beach

4. Treyarnon Bay

5. Porth Beach

6. Fistral Beach

7. Poly Joke Beach

8. Perranporth Beach

9. Porthpean Beach

10. Polridmouth Cove

11. Readymoney Cove

12. Lantic Bay

13. Polperro Beach

14. East Looe Beach

Best Family Beaches In South Cornwall

15. Hemmick Beach 

16. Porthcurnick Beach

17. Swanpool Beach

18. Kennack Sands

19. Housel Bay Beach

20. Kynance Cove

21. Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach

22. Porthcrew (Rinsey Cove)

23. Praa Sands Beach

24. Marazion Beach

25. Lamorna Cove Beach

26. Porthcurno Beach

27. Porthchapel Beach

28. Porthgwarra Beach

29. Nanjizal Beach

30. Sennen Beach

But if you don’t have the “tide” in the world to go through to all of my 30 best beaches in Cornwall, then check out my top 2 Cornwall that you must go!

Best Family Beaches In North Cornwall: Perranporth Beach

Best Family Beaches In South Cornwall: Marazion Beach

best family beaches in cornwall children on the beach

Best Beaches in North Cornwall 

Several family-friendly North Cornish beaches are worth exploring as some of these waves are perfect for water-sport activities (i.e., surfing, sailing, etc.). So here are my top 14 northern Cornwall beach recommendations!

1. Crooklets Beach

This is one of the most northern beaches in Cornwall that is highly rated amongst visitors. 

The low-tide, sandy beach surrounded by rocky pooling, it’s no wonder why this quaint beach is a crowd favourite as it is one of the best beaches in Cornwall for families. 

It is also home to Bude Surf Life Saving Club, making this beach one of the local surfer’s top spots to train!

This beach is also popular with families as it is equipped with child-friendly facilities such as a playground, cafe, and shower. Additionally, it is also a 5-minutes walk distance from Bude Sea Pool (a part-natural, partially artificial tidal swimming pool )

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £7.20 ($9.50) (for 24 hours)
  • Safety: Has seasonal lifeguards
  • Has seasonal dog ban (summer)

What We Like:

  • Very popular amongst surfer
  • Nearby Bude Sea pool
  • Has child-friendly facilities & toilets

2. Summerleaze Beach

best family beaches in cornwall Summerleaze Beach

Here’s another top-rated family-friendly beach that boasts its pristine condition and abundant activities that you can try, such as kayaking, sea fishing, surfing, and many more.  

In short, this is one of the best family beaches in North Cornwall!

This is a traveller’s choice as Summerleaze beach is both family and disability friendly, as it has easy access with a flat viewing area. This beach has ample parking space with a nearby cafe, restaurant, and toilets. 

If you and your family plan to enjoy this scenic beach for a full day, you may also consider beach huts which you can book daily between  £10 – £20 ($13 – $26) to explore Bude Castle and Bude Canal.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £6.40($8.40) (for 24 hours)
  • Safety: Has seasonal lifeguards
  • No seasonal ban, but all dogs must be on a leash

What We Like:

3. Polzeath Beach

This northern sandy beach is one of the ideal beaches for you if you plan to teach your child how to surf as it has low tides for most of the year, making it one of the safest and best family beaches in Cornwall for families.

If you want to enjoy Polzeath truly, you can even stay overnight in Polzeath Beach House, just 5 minutes away from the beach. 

However, do note that no sleeping or overnight camping near Polzeath Beach is allowed.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £6.30 ($8.20) (for 4 hours), no charge for parking after 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Safety: Has weekend lifeguards in April. Full lifeguards from October
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

  • Distance to nearby town: 2 miles from Padstow Town
  • One of the safest beaches

4. Treyarnon Bay

Go ahead and bring your family to this clean, north-west facing, sandy beach with low cliffs and dunes behind it. Embrace the beautiful white sands on this famous family beach when low water tide. 

There are also a lot of little places to find and explore, making it one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall too!

It is highly recommended that you visit this bay early (no later than 11 am) so that you and your little one can explore a few fantastic rock pools and several small caves before the high tide comes in. 

Most visitors highlighted that you would be spoiled with excellent choices of nearby local restaurants near this bay.  

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £5 ($6.50) (for all-day)
  • Safety: Seasonal lifeguards from May to September
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

5. Porth Beach

This family-friendly Porth beach is located on the east side of Newquay. It has a lot of flat, golden sand safe for swimming. 

Flat-level access to the beach and pleasant walking around Porth Island is some of the few amazing things you can do while you’re at the beach. 

However, do note that dogs are not permitted on this beach between April and October to accommodate more tourists, but the winter season is far more welcoming for your furry family members!

Once you’re done with spending a few hours with your loved one at this beach, you can explore Porth’s seaside village and perhaps check out Newquay’s Zoo, just 5 minutes away.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £5.80 ($7.60) (for all-day)
  • Safety:  Seasonal lifeguards (from May – September)
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

6. Fistral Beach

best family beaches in cornwall Fistral Beach

If you have older children who love surfing, bring them to one of the world’s best-surfing destinations; Fistral beach.

It is one of the best places to surf because it has high rocks and sandy dunes behind it. Over the years, Fistral beach has been home to some of the big surf competitions in Britain. 

There’s no better place for you to show off your skills or take your first 6-8 foot waves for training! They also have a nearby Fistral Beach Surf school if you are still new to surfing. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £ 8.50 (for 5 hours)
  • Safety:  Seasonal lifeguards (from May – October)
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

7. Poly Joke Beach

Leave it to the Brits with their quirky, memorable beach names!

Suppose you’re feeling crabby and feel that life’s a beach – Then check out this beach as it has poly reasons (& jokes) for you and your family to laugh over during your coastal walk!  

Ironically, this punny beach is relatively secluded, making it one of the most peaceful beaches to explore as a beautiful deep cove surrounds it with rock pools.

If you are lucky, you may even see marine wildlife near the shoreline, like a colony of seals and a few mini caves.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £4.50 ($5.90) (for 4 hours)
  • Safety: No Lifeguards
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

  • Very secluded
  • Has marine wildlife sightings

8. Perranporth Beach

best family beaches in cornwall Porthpean Beach

Bring your family to this long, flat beach featuring golden sand, dunes & rock pools. Perranporth beach is one of the best family-friendly beaches in Cornwall to visit.

This beach is also famous amongst surfers & paddle boarders as it has massive tidal waves, making it one of the best places for training.

There’s also a selection of nearby beachside cafe bistros and pubs that help fellow beachgoers to fill their empty stomachs after a full fun-in-a-sun day! 

If you are looking for a family-friendly beach pub, check out The Watering Hole, just 2 minutes from the beach itself. They have a kid-friendly menu that makes it easy for families to dine in.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £6 ($7.80) (for all-day hours)
  • Safety: Has seasonal lifeguards
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

  • Beautiful scenic coastal view
  • Nearby family-friendly restaurants
  • Great beach for surfing, paddleboarding

9. Porthpean Beach

Get your sunscreen on as I invite you to one of the best St. Austell’s beaches. 

This top-rated beach is also home to Porthpean Sailing Club. So it’s easy to see how this famous beach also attracts fellow kayakers, paddleboarders, and windsurfers as this sandy beach has just the right tidal waves and wind to play with.

Do note that this beach may not entirely be the best for pet-owners as this beach also has a seasonal ban from July till August. 

Park here only if you have excellent time management skills as there have been numerous complaints about excessive car park fines (for just a couple of minutes delay!) as there are CCTV cameras there!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £5 ($6.50) (for all-day)
  • Safety: No lifeguard
  • Has seasonal dog ban (summer)

What We Like:

  • Sandy beach
  • Nearby family-friendly restaurants
  • Great beach for surfing, paddleboarding

10. Polridmouth Cove

Now, this might just be another great option for fellow introverts as this peaceful and quiet Polridmouth Cove shares its beauty only to those who are willing to go through wooden tracks.

Some locals have recommended wearing boots as the path to this cove may be pretty muddy as you pass through. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £ N/A (for all-day hours)
  • Safety: No lifeguard
  • Has seasonal dog ban (summer)

What We Like:

  • Dog-friendly beaches
  • Peaceful and quiet beach

11. Readymoney Cove

The only money you need ready is for the car park fee.

This well-protected beach is perfect for everyone as you can go for a swim in this turquoise-colored beach water, or if you don’t plan to get wet, then go ahead and take a hike up to St. Catherine’s castle.

Most people commented on how beautiful the beaches are, with plenty of rock pools for crab hunting (Do return Mr. Crab to the sea as Bikini Bottom still needs him!). 

Conveniently, this beach is also nearby another local attraction such as; Fowey aquarium.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £6.60 ($8.60)  (for all-day hours)
  • Safety: No lifeguard
  • Has seasonal dog ban (summer)

What We Like:

12. Lantic Bay

best family beaches in cornwall Lantic Bay

This may ’bay’ the perfect beach for your family if you are a fan of hiking, as most have commented that the path to this bay is quite steep and can be pretty strenuous if you are unfit. 

Lantic Bay is one of the best dog-friendly beaches near a National Trust car park, so if you are a national member, be sure to park there as it is free. Several fabulous holiday cottages are not too far from this bay. 

However, do note that the current can be strong, so it is not ideal for swimming as there are no nearby lifeguards for the lookout.

So, bay sure to check it out!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £8 ($10.50) (for all-day hours)
  • Safety: No lifeguards
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

  • Great coastal walking trail
  • Great spot for coastal hikes

13. Polperro Beach

best family beaches in cornwall Polperro Beach

Suppose you’re not a fan of secluded beaches. In that case, Polperro Beach should undoubtedly be your next destination, as this gorgeous beach is also home to some of the most historical fishing villages and harbour.

This beach is certainly worth visiting with picturesque rock pools and friendly pubs!

In addition, this quiet beach has some of the best Cornish foods, such as Cornish pasties, fish & chips, and cream teas. 

Watch out for Polperro’s seagulls as they will squint & target your food!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £5 ($6.50)  (for 3 hours)
  • Safety: No lifeguards
  • Has seasonal dog ban (summer)

What We Like:

  • Stunning picturesque fishing village
  • Gorgeous rock pools
  • Has nearby tram services

14. East Looe Beach

Looking for a view of a clean beach?

Then you certainly would enjoy East Looe beach as it is considered one of the cleanest beaches in Cornwall (Partly, this is due to a strict animal ban; no dogs allowed

It also has one of the best swimming spots in Cornwall beach as it is near a famous bustling Banjo Pier. It is also home to the Shark Fishing Club of Great Britain! (best fishing club in the UK)

If you prefer to have meals while enjoying the coastal view, then be sure to check out some of their finest fine & chips and cream teas! (Though watch out for hungry seagulls nearby as they might pry on your chips)!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £5.50 (for 24 hours)
  • Safety: No lifeguards
  • No dogs allowed

What We Like:

Best Beaches in South Cornwall 

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If you want to get the best of Cornwall, explore southern Cornwall beach as most southern beaches are less rough and sheltered (great for smaller children). 

Here are my top 16 family-friendly beaches in Cornwall that you should check out!

1. Hemmick Beach

If you’re heading south Cornwall, stop by this beach first!

Hemmick beach is indeed one of the most beautiful natural beaches to bring your family! Your little loved one or your furry family member will surely love it as this beach has shallow waters!

Some locals like to snorkel or even kayak here as it is a secluded beach.

I do not recommend parking your car right in front of the beach as the beach path is very narrow. Alternatively, you can park your car on a nearby cliff (It’s free but quite a distance, though). 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: FREE
  • Safety: No lifeguards
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

  • Secluded private beach
  • Shallow water; great for snorkelling
  • The free car park area
  • Scenic coastal view

2. Porthcurnick Beach

Porthcurnick Beach

Here’s a perfect beach for introverts! 

Portcurnick beach is a quiet and sheltered beach with one of the lovely coastal views of the southern cornish sea. 

One of the main reasons you should visit this tranquil beach is near a rustic, popular cafe called The Hidden Hut.

The Hidden Hut is truly a hidden gem as they are one of the best beach cafes in Cornwall. They serve one of the finest tomato soups, fish soup, fish stew, and mouth-watering meals. 

Yes, people were willing to queue for these meals for more than 40 minutes, so grab a book as you wait in line! 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £3.50 ($4.60) (for all-day hours)
  • Safety: No lifeguards
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

  • Secluded coastal beach
  • It has one of the best beach cafes; The Hidden Hut!

3. Swanpool Beach

If you are not a fan of dodgy parking, rejoice as Swanpool beach has been rated as one of the best beaches in Cornwall with parking.

Swanpool Beach can certainly contest for the best family-friendly beaches in south Cornwall. It offers the perfect combination of natural wonder and man-made attractions that are family-friendly!

This beach is perfect even for those who love water sports activities as you can go kayaking or even paddleboarding within this beautiful bay. You can rent a kayak or a paddleboard once you’re there!

If you don’t plan to get wet during your visit, check out other nearby attractions such as a mini-golf course and cafes that serve refreshing ice-creams on a hot sunny day!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £8 ($10.50) (for all-day hours)
  • Safety: Has seasonal lifeguards
  • Has seasonal dog ban (summer)

What We Like:

  • One of the best family beaches in South Cornwall
  • Can rent a kayak/paddleboard
  • It has a mini-golf course, cafes, and toilets.

4. Kennack Sands

If you’re feeling a bit beachy, then get your vitamin sea by visiting Kennack Sands.

This southeastern beach is a favorite destination for families and surfers alike because it is one of the most sheltered beaches in the area, making it an ideal location to learn to surf.

If you feel a bit adventurous, wander off to the eastern end of the beach as you will discover a few of Britain’s World War II coastal defense structures, such as an anti-tank wall.

This beach is also equipped with superb facilities such as toilets, nearby cafes that serve delicious coastal meals, and warm coffees. 

It’s no surprise why many people would choose this place as one of the best beach camping in Cornwall as you spend only £4 ($5.20) and enjoy nature’s coastal wonder.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £4 ($5.20) (for all-day hours)
  • Safety: Has seasonal lifeguards
  • Has seasonal dog ban during summer (Though dogs are allowed all year for the eastern part of the beach)

What We Like:

  • Great spot to learn surfing
  • Explore remnants of Britain’s World War II coastal defenses structure (i.e., anti-tank wall)

5. Housel Bay Beach

If you plan to visit National Trust – Lizard Point, “bay” sure to pay a visit to this petite bay nestled quietly within the coast of Lizard Point.

Housel Bay Beach is truly a beautiful spot to bring your family when the tide is low as it showcases its naturally white sands and contrasting black beach rocks. 

This can also be a perfect spot to swim as this beach is secluded.

The only drawback to this stunning beach is that there are no parking spots within the bay area, so you might have to park your car on a cliff (and embrace the strenuous walk back up!)

Perhaps stay a night at one of their best hotel, Housel Bay Hotel, which is only 300 meters (0.2 miles) away from this fantastic bay beach!! 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: No Parking Spots (Park at your own risk)
  • Safety: No lifeguards
  • Has seasonal dog ban (summer)

What We Like:

  • A secluded bay beach
  • Nice spot to swim
  • Nearby hotel for an overnight stay

6. Kynance Cove

Stop here for one of the most scenic coastal beaches in South Cornwall!

Kynance Cove is well-known for its pristine white sand and its unique Serpentine rock formation at the Lizard Peninsula. Fun fact this is also one of the most photographed beaches globally.

If you’re not a fan of getting all sandy and sticky from the salty seawater, explore some of their amazing caves or talk a stroll on their wheel-chair/ stroller-friendly beach section.

This beach is also nearby Kynance Cove Cafe, another excellent beach cafe in Cornwall. This cafe is famous because it serves some of the best crab sandwich Cornish pasty! (check them out once you’re there!)

It is strongly recommended that you check the weather before you pay a visit as the beach may be underwater during high tides.

Here’s what you need to know:

What We Like:

  • Cave exploration
  • Stunning view with unique rock formation
  • A nearby cafe that serves delicious cream teas

7. Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach

Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach

If you are a National Trust member, you should be dancing now as you are eligible for free parking if you visit this beach. 

Are you looking for a nice-tropical looking sea (sans the coconut tree)? Then come here to Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach! 

With its beautiful blend of teal-green & baby-blue coloured seas, it’s no wonder this is one of the top favourite beaches to visit in Cornwall!

They even have excellent facilities such as toilets & a small farm shop that sells refreshments. Once you’re done checking out the beach, take a 2-minute walk to St. Winwaloe Church (a beautiful coastal church that is open to the public).

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £6 ($7.80) (for a full day) (*Free if you are a National Trust Member)
  • Safety: Has seasonal lifeguards

What We Like:

  • Free parking if you are National Trust Member
  • Beautiful stunning coastal view
  • Nearby to St. Winwaloe Church 

8. Porthcrew (Rinsey Cove)

Here’s one of the most stunning beaches under the National Trust. 

Porthcrew, also known as Rinsey Cove, is one of the most beautiful coved beaches that you can find in Cornwall. 

The only slight drawback on this beach is its limited parking spots (Plus, it’s also free). However, the walking trail is quite rocky & steep, so be careful!

Alternatively, this beach is ideal for a quick coastal stroll near the clifftop (but be extra careful as there are no fences near the cliff’s edge!)

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: FREE (under National Trust)
  • Safety: No lifeguards
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

  • One of the best dog-friendly coastal walks
  • Free parking

9. Praa Sands Beach

If you are travelling for your southwest coastal path journey with your motor home, consider stopping by this beach.

Pra Sands is the perfect beach for motorhome travellers as you get to park your vehicle right next to the beach! Plus it only costs £8 ($10.50) for 24-hour parking (who needs to stay at a hotel if there’s a bargain like this?)

This beach is also famous for its excellent waves, making it one of the top spots for surfers! If you want your kids to have fun, register them for quick lessons that only cost £20 ($26)!

Not far from this beach, you also have some of the best family restaurants in Cornwall, like The Sandbar!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £8 ($10.50) (for 24 hours)
  • Safety: Has seasonal lifeguards (summer)
  • Has seasonal dog ban (summer)

What We Like:

  • Perfect overnight beach stay for motorhome traveller
  • Has surfing lessons
  • Nearby family-friendly restaurants: The Sandbar!

10. Marazion Beach

Marazion Beach

Take your family to one of the best family beaches in south Cornwall. A beach with direct access to an island castle. 

The Marazion Beach is home to St. Mount Castle (a historical landmark worth exploring!). The best way to get to St. Mount’s Castle is by walking through the brick path that only appears during low tide (Amazing!)

Public boats charge £2 ($2.60) per ride if you wish to visit St. Mount Castle during high tide. However, do note that you have to pre-book your tickets to this castle as it is trendy amongst locals & tourists. 

If a castle isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of fantastic things you can do here too, such as explore several wonderful rock pools and nearby villages that offer beautiful local crafts!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £- (for all-day hours)
  • Safety: Has seasonal lifeguards
  • Have a seasonal dog ban 

What We Like:

  • Nearby to Cornwall’s Iconic historical landmarks: St. Mount Castle (beach crossing)
  • Nearby local village with cafe & local crafts

11. Lamorna Cove Beach

If you’re looking for the perfect place for a walk, then go to Lamorna Cove Beach, as this small-sized beach has low tidal waves, making it possible for a swim or snorkel.

What’s even lovely about this beach is that it has a local cafe near a harbour with beautiful coastal beach walks, undoubtedly one of the few reasons visitors would come here. 

Though do note that this beach is ideal for a quick pit stop as they don’t have toilets. 

Plus, parking fees can be pretty pricey given that this beach does not have any facilities and it is not a dog-friendly beach.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £7 ($9.20) (for all-day)
  • Safety: No lifeguards
  • No dogs allowed

What We Like:

  • Has nearby cliff walking trail
  • Low tides: great for water-sport activities

12. Porthcurno Beach

Porthchapel Beach

This beach is truly one of the best family-friendly beaches you should go to in Cornwall.

You will be greeted by the sight of Porthcurno’s gorgeous aqua-coloured beach water along with beautiful coastal rocks & facilities.

What’s even great about this beach is that it is also very close to the famous Minack Theater (an open-air theatre overlooking the Cornish sea). 

Local & past beach-goers highly recommend that you head to the Minack Theater early (as early as 10 am) to spend a few hours (at least 2-3 hours long) before heading to pristine Porthcurno’s Beach.

Do note that the parking area only accepts payments in coins (so, be sure to get your cash ready)

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £3 ($3.90) (for all-day)
  • Safety: Have lifeguards
  • No dogs allowed

What We Like:

  • One of the best family-friendly beach
  • Nearby to Minack Theatre
  • Stunning coastal view

13. Porthchapel Beach

Beauty is certainly in the definition of a Porthchapel Beach as you get a panoramic view of the coastal beach, granted that you can walk up the nearby cliff. (Not ideal for small children, though)

However, most locals strongly advise you to be cautious when visiting this beach as the tidal waves can change drastically with steep rocky cliffs.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £2 ($2.60) (for all-day)
  • Safety: No lifeguards 
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

  • Stunning coastal view from a high vantage point
  • Cheap parking fee

14. Porthgwarra Beach

This secluded southern beach is a great spot for family as you witness Porthgwarra’s fishing heritage and fishing boats.

Go ahead and explore this beach as you’ll get to stunning rocks & cave tunnel formation. Once you’re done, stop by the local cafes (right next to a parking spot) that sells cream teas!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £6.50 (for all-day hours)
  • Safety: No lifeguards
  • Has seasonal dog ban (summer)

What We Like:

15. Nanjizal Beach

Nanjizal Beach

This quiet beach is undoubtedly another excellent family beach. You’ll enjoy its scenic coastal view without the sand, as the trail is primarily inaccessible due to its rocky shore.

Nanjizal is genuinely one of Cornwall’s best-kept secret beaches as they have a stunning clear turquoise-coloured beach!

Take your kids or dogs here so that they may get the opportunity to see a live pod of seals near its rocky terrain.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £ N/A (for all-day hours)
  • Safety: No lifeguards
  • Dog-friendly beach

What We Like:

  • Rocky beach
  • Perfect for seal watching

16. Sennen Beach

Here is my final recommendation on one of the best family-friendly beaches in Southern Cornwall


Thanks to its long stretch of white sand, this beautiful Sennen beach is also known as Whitesands Bay

Most local & foreign surfers love to come here as this beach is not short of excellent facilities such as toilets, cafe and restaurant bistro. Making this one of the best kid-friendly beaches in Cornwall

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Carpark fee: £6 ($7.80) (for daytime hours)
  • Safety: Has lifeguards all season
  • Has seasonal dog ban (summer)

What We Like:

  • Beautiful scenic coastal view
  • Perfect spot for surfing
  • Has great facilities 

Family-friendly Tips/Hacks for A Beach Trip

Hacks for A Beach Trip

Now that you’ve seen my extensive list of 30 best family beaches in Cornwall, then be sure to check out my top 3 family-friendly tips to make your beach day a little less chaotic with your loved one.

1. Packing Ahead

Ideally, pack your beach bag/ items a day before your trip. I suggest that you prepare at least  1 bag for dry items and 1 bag for wet items. 

You can also pack some food to avoid a beachy day with a cranky sun-tanned little human being!

Also, do bring your trash bags as we should always make an effort to keep our beaches clean (no one likes a litterbug!)

2. Protection

It’s always fun to go to the beach as you do so many activities while enjoying the breezy beach view. 

Remember to keep yourself protected from the invisible UV rays and salty seawater.

Here are my suggestions on some of the best protection items:

3. Comfort

One of the best hacks that I usually do when I’m going to a beach is to bring along my bag of comfort, where I bring:

So, now you are ready for a fun-in-the-sun day!

FAQ 

What Is The Nicest Beach In Cornwall?

Well, if you want to know the nicest beach in Cornwall, then you should certainly consider these 6 beaches in Cornwall:

Where Is The Clearest Sea In Cornwall?

At the very tip of Cornwall and a mile away from Land’s End, Sennen Cove is a year-round hotspot for visitors and residents alike. Given the area’s pristine white sand beaches and aquamarine-color sea, you can understand why it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall. 

Is Cornwall Good For Family Holidays?

Yes, Cornwall is an excellent option for family holidays. However, bear in mind that the northern Cornish sea is rougher, making it ideal for surfing, while the southern Cornish sea is calmer, making it suitable for families with little children. If you are looking for a water-based activity like surfing, it is better to surf on the north cornish sea.

Conclusion

So, there you go! These are my top 30 best family beaches in Cornwall, perfect for everyone, from babies, toddlers, children, and even adults.

While most of these beautiful beaches are free for admission, it’s always good to make an effort to preserve these beautiful turquoise-colored Cornish beaches by not littering and removing any natural structures.

If you are already embarking on the fantastic southwest coastal path journey and looking for a comfortable place to rest after a tiring, fun day on a beach, then be sure to also check out my other articles on the best southwest coastal path accommodation!

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