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The Best Beaches in Cornwall

If you're looking to explore the best of Cornwall's beaches this summer, The Gannet Inn provides the perfect base. Make sure you make a beeline for these spectacular beaches on your next Cornish holiday with us...

Carbis Bay Beach

Distance: 0.7 miles

With its Caribbean-blue waters and soft golden sand, it's no surprise that nearby Carbis Bay Beach has made our list of best beaches in Cornwall.

The beach is highly popular with families; with its Blue Flag water quality, seasonal lifeguards, low-tide rock-pooling and excellent beachside facilities. High cliffs on either side provide shelter from the wind, and there is also a stream at the top of the beach, which forms a natural paddling pool for children. Why not enjoy a day building sandcastles and swimming in the turquoise waters, followed by a bite to eat at the beachside restaurant?

Porthkidney Sands, Hayle & Gwithian

Distance: 1.6 miles

Porthkidney Sands is a north-facing and long beach at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary that lies just 1 mile from the hotel. A vast expanse of sands, at low tide, the beach can stretch almost a mile out to sea.

Reached at low tide from Carbis Bay beach around Hawkes Point or along the South West Coast Path, its remote access and secluded location mean it stays relatively quiet compared to neighbouring beaches.

The wide-sweeping expanse of the Bay is divided by the Hayle Estuary and is backed by sand dunes and wild grass. Towards Godrevy Lighthouse is Gwithian Sands, a surfer's paradise as the constant swell coming in from the ocean provides good all year round conditions.

Porthminster Beach

Distance: 1.4 miles

Located just a short walk from the centre of St Ives, the award-winning beach at Porthminster is simply spectacular.

Impressive views from this Blue Flag beach take in much of St Ives Bay and stretch as far as Godrevy Lighthouse. The normally calm, clear waters provide safe bathing for the whole family.

Just a short walk from Porthminster Beach is St Ives railway station. The branch line from St Erth via Lelant and Carbis Bay is one of the most scenic in the country and highly recommended. If you don't fancy the two-mile walk along the South West Coast Path, the St Ives Branch line takes you directly into the heart of the town without the hassle of trying to find a parking space.


Distance: 18 miles

An oasis of stunning natural beauty, Porthcurno beach, located in the far west of Cornwall, is a pocket of paradise.

The large beach, popular with families, has a stream that flows down one side which is great for kids to paddle in and up on the cliffs is the internationally renowned Minack Theatre, built in the 1920s by theatrical visionary Rowena Wade and her faithful gardener, which you can visit all year round.

Porthcurno beach also hides a fascinating secret...

Right beneath your feet, messages from all corners of the globe have been buzzing through undersea cables since 1870 making Porthcurno one of the most connected places on the planet and a hub of global communications to this very day. Discover this hidden history at the award-winning PK Porthcurno - Museum of Global Communications, and leave feeling surprised and amazed.

Kynance Cove

Distance: 24 miles

Located on the west side of the Lizard and probably the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall, the contrast between the cove’s white sand beach and the dark red and green serpentine rock produces a breathtaking sight.

At low tide, you can explore the towering rocks stacks and the caves with names such as The Parlour and The Drawing Room. Located just above the beach is an eco-friendly café selling Cornish pasties, fresh sandwiches, baguettes, homemade cakes and cream teas along with beach goods. From Kynance there is a fantastic 2-mile scenic walk around the coast to Lizard Point, mainland UK’s most southerly point.

Kynance Cove is owned and looked after by the National Trust and is able to care for and conserve areas like this thanks to its members and volunteers.

2022 Spring & Summer Breaks From £199

As the seasons shift, why not take advantage of our early Summer Retreat offer for some much-needed R&R on the Cornish coast.

Dinner and breakfast are included so you can just enjoy your time with us relaxing or exploring the local area. Use of the spa facilities at nearby Carbis Bay Estate are also included.

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