If you’re staying in Coverack, the village’s main beach is a pretty, quiet cove backed by a seawall. There’s little sand at high tide — but good rocks for scrambling — but wait until the water recedes and you’ll be rewarded with a lovely stretch of sand and lots of rockpools to explore. It’s a great beach for dogs, who are allowed here all year round. It’s also a great swimming spot since it’s very sheltered — every year on Christmas Day hundreds of locals and visitors run into the water for charity. At low tide you can spot the Manacles reef — one of the south’s best diving spots.
Kynance Cove is one of Cornwall’s most dramatic beaches. It’s also one of the most popular (and has been since the Victorian times) and best avoided on a scorching summer’s day. It’s a bit of a walk from the carpark but visitors are rewarded with turquoise seas, huge rock stacks and hidden corners of sandy beach (when the tide’s out!) where you feel as though you’re the only ones there. The Kynance Cove Cafe serves up light lunches and hot drinks using local suppliers and producers. Dogs are welcome between October and Easter Sunday.
Poldhu is a sheltered cove with parking, a cafe and a surf school — and blissful golden sands. With seasonal lifeguards, it’s a great place to try out watersports at the Dan Joel Surf School, go for a paddle or, when the tide’s out, head to the rockpools for some exploring. There’s also a cafe right on the sand selling amazing hot chocolates with toppings that change with the seasons and homemade cakes, as well as light lunches and drinks. In the summer they put on live music and woodfired pizzas, too. Dogs are welcome between October and Easter Sunday.
Kennack Sands is a large beach — perfect for families, and there’s good lifeguard cover and plenty of space for kids to run. It is actually comprised of two beaches – the one furthest from the car park is a nature reserve and often goes undiscovered by visitors as it’s hidden behind the hill that separates the two. Well worth the trek up and over to visit it (there’s great shore fishing too!). The Mora Beach Cafe and Surf School offers lessons and board hire, whilst the cafe sells good coffee and light lunches. Dogs are welcome between October and Easter Sunday.