Best Beaches for Barbecues in Cornwall

Although Cornwall boasts a fine selection of restaurants, sometimes there’s nothing better than a beach barbecue late into the evening.  Here’s our top pick of beaches that are perfect for enjoying a sizzling seaside feast.

1. Porthmeor, St Ives

Forever Cornwall St Ives Porthmeor Beach Dave Bleasdale

This scenic, sheltered beach is beautifully flat and is the ideal place to watch the sunset in the summer. It’s also a great beach to get to grips with a surfboard – so why not make a day of it and round it off with some sunset sausages?

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2. Marazion Beach, Mount’s Bay

With unobstructed views of St. Michael’s Mount, plenty of car parking and expansive evening skies, Marazion Beach is an accessible, family-friendly location. It’s a great beach for barbecues, with flat, golden sand and lots of space to set up your spot.

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3. Port Gaverne Cove, Near Port Isaac

Port Gaverne Cove

This little dog-friendly cove is ideal for a sheltered barbecue. At low tide, kids can discover rockpools and run on the sand, whilst at high tide, you can enjoy the waves lapping at the shore as you cook al fresco before making the few steps back to your retreat. Ideal.

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4. Gwithian

Gwithian dunes towans beach Cornwall

This list would be incomplete without the beautiful Gwithian on it. Backed by dunes, this large beach makes an ideal spot for a sheltered beach barbecue. With rockpools, plenty of paddling and lifeguards to watch over kids safely bodyboarding, there’s not much more you could ask for. If you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of our Gwithian properties, you can simply wander over the dunes and take your pick of BBQ spots.

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Please be mindful when barbecuing in public areas. Remember a bin bag for your rubbish, avoid disposable plastic plates and cutlery, and don’t ever leave any hot coals lying around as these pose a serious burn risk to children and pets.

At the time of writing, you are allowed to barbecue on all of the above beaches, but please don’t leave barbecues unattended, leave anything behind, or bury rubbish in the sand. Cornwall is beautiful and we’d like to keep it that way. We know you’ll play your part too.