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Five of the Best Beaches in Cornwall

When coming to Cornwall it can be difficult to decide just how to spend your time, and the guides don’t tell the whole story. Sure, they can point out all the best attractions, but what if you don’t want to spend your day sharing Cornwall with the rest of the holiday population?

Here are our favourite beaches, picked by the team at Gwel an Mor:

Gwithian/Godrevy. It’s a huge, open expanse where white sands meet the raw Atlantic ocean. The sand that runs for four miles from Godrevy lighthouse to Hayle provides plenty of space on a lower tide to find your own slice of paradise, there’s even a chance you’ll see some of the local seals in the water!

Chapel Porth. Not necessarily a "hidden gem", but certainly less coveted than some of its more fashionable neighbours. It’s a little bit trickier to find and therefore just that little bit quieter. It also has a really top notch beach cafe.

Porth Kidney Sands. This is right under the nose of St Ives, but really is a bit of a mission. It’s quiet all year round here as access is hard and there aren’t any facilities of note. Gaze from its white sands across to Carbis Bay looking West, and East to Gwithian and Godrevy in the distance. Soak up the silence and stretch your legs.

Perranuthanoe. A real South coast gem. Nestled between Marazion and Praa Sands this little bay is picturesque and has all the facilities you could need. Winter is often the best time to walk the sand here, it’s very quiet and sheltered from prevailing storms.

Porthcurno. Never gets old. Effervescent turquoise waters, guarded by high cliffs and all observed from the stunning Minack Theatre. It’s a well-trodden path with good reason.

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