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South Cornwall Beaches – Group Travel & Bespoke Individual Luxury Tours

Specialist Tour Operator for Cornwall and Southern England

Cornwall’s South Coast is characterised by smaller sheltered sandy coves rather than wide expanses if the North. Green hills roll down to the sea, hidden wooded river valleys and estuaries, popular sailing waters, cliff top coastal hiking, lush sub-tropical gardens and fishing harbour towns & villages.

We are the only specialist full service inbound tour operator and DMC for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly catering for groups large and small, as well as luxury travel for individuals.

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The best beaches in South Cornwall

Helford Passage Beach, Falmouth – Situated on the shore of the picturesque Helford Estuary, it is a popular place to hire a boat and explore the Helford River, including the famous Frenchman’s Creek. It is possible to swim here but be aware of small boats and yachts. The South West Coast Path passes nearby and there is a lovely walk along the estuary to Gweek.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

Maenporth, Falmouth – The gently sloping beach at Maenporth with its shallow water is great for children, 3.2km south west of Falmouth the beach looks across Falmouth Bay towards Pendennis Castle and St Anthony’s Head Lighthouse.

Dogs are welcome on the beach except between Easter Sunday – 30th September when there is a seasonal dog ban in place.

Swanpool Beach, Falmouth – Swanpool is a sandy cove just on the outskirts of Falmouth it has something for all of the family, from swimming, kayaking and coasteering to windsurfing. There is even an 18 hole crazy golf course.

Dogs are allowed on the beach except between Easter Sunday- 30TH September when there is a seasonal dog ban in place.

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth – Gylly Beach is a 10 minute walk from Falmouth town centre; this family friendly beach has plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide. This Blue Flag Beach is the largest and most popular in Falmouth and is great for water sports and swimming.

Dogs are allowed on the beach except between Easter Sunday- 30TH September when there is a seasonal dog ban in place.

Towan Beach, the Roseland Peninsula – Towan Beach is a quiet beach near St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula, it is sand and shingle beach with rock pools at low tide.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

Porthcurnick, the Roseland Peninsula – This beautiful sandy cove near Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsula is owned by the National Trust. There are plenty of rockpools to explore but swimmers should be careful of the strong currents.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year.

Carne Beach, the Roseland Peninsula – This sheltered sandy beach in Gerrans Bay is owned and managed by the National Trust. It is an area popular with walkers. The The Nare Hotel overlooks the beach.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

Porthluney Cove Beach, Mevagissey – Porthluney Cove is a privately owned, secluded family beach that is popular with locals. The large expanse of sand is situated in front of Caerhays Castle and Gardens.

Dogs are allowed all year round but should be kept on leads from June to September.

Gorran Haven Beach, St Austell – This sheltered sandy beach is popular with families for swimming and kayaking. The facilities of the village are close by and it is a popular stopping off point on the South West Coast Path.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year but should be kept on leads.

Pentewan Beach, Mevagissey – This large sandy beach is excellent for swimming and all water sports, canoes and dinghies can be hired but jet skis are banned.

Dogs are only allowed on this beach from the 1st Sunday in November until 1st February. The beach is privately owned and therefore the owners can change this at any time.

Porthpean Beach, St Austell – Near the historic town of Charlestown, Porthpean Beach is a sandy beach popular with families for swimming and beach games.

Dogs are allowed on the beach except from Easter Sunday -30th September when there is a seasonal dog ban in place.

Par Sands Beach, St Austell – Situated 6.5km from St Austell, Par Sands has a large expanse of sand backed by sand dunes. It is great for families.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

Polkerris Beach, Fowey – Polkerris is a small village overlooking St Austell Bay 3.2km west of Fowey. This sandy beach is perfect for families with great facilities; it is also a great place to see wonderful sunsets.

Dogs are allowed on the beach except from Easter Sunday -30th September when there is a seasonal dog ban in place.

Polridmouth Cove, Fowey – Just west of the village of Fowey, Polridmouth Cove is accessed by a wooded track which is about a 15min walk from the car park. The bay is sheltered and is fairly safe for swimming.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

Lantic Bay, Polperro – Lantic Bay is a beautiful bay with a large shingle beach that is reached by a 20 minute steep walk from the National Trust car park. It is well worth the walk to reach this quiet beach on the stunning stretch of coast between Fowey and Polperro. Lantic Bay is owned and managed by the National Trust.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

Talland Bay Beach, Polperro – Sitauated mid way between Looe and Polperro are the secluded twin coves of Talland Bay. This area of the Cornish coast is very unspoilt and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are lots of rock pools at low tide and it is good for swimming at low and high tide.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

Hannafore Beach, Looe – Stretching from Hannafore Point to the outskirts of Looe is Hannafore Beach. It is a quiet mostly shingle beach which has some fantastic rock pools at low tide, facing south east it is also a great sun trap. Hannafore Beach is popular with dog walkers as it is one of the few dog friendly beaches around Looe.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

East Looe Beach, Looe – East Looe Beach is close to the centre of Looe and is a traditional sandy, family beach popular with holidaymakers. The gently shelving beach is perfect for swimming and from the pier crabbing is a popular pastime. Many boat trips leave from the town and there is plenty on offer for all of the family.

Dogs are banned from the beach all year round.

Portwrinkle Beach, Looe – Portwrinkle Beach is on the south coast of Cornwall between Saltash and Looe. This former fishing village is in a quiet corner of Cornwall. The 2 beaches of Portwrinkle are reached by a steep path and they are popular with families and experienced surfers.

Dogs are allowed on the beach except from Easter Sunday -30th September when there is a seasonal dog ban in place.

Whitsand Bay Beach, Rame Peninsula – There are 4.8km of stunning beach at Whitsand Bay which stretches from Rame Head to Portwrinkle. Considered to be one of Cornwall’s hidden gems the golden sandy beach is backed by sheer cliffs to create stunning scenery. Access to the beach is by steep paths and steps and can be difficult. Swimming here is dangerous, but is popular with surfers and the sand is great for walkers and joggers.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round

Kingsand Beach, Rame Peninsula – In a secluded corner of South East Cornwall, Kingsand is a small fishing village on the Rame Peninsula. The beach is mainly sand and shingle and faces east with great views of the Plymouth Sound. The village of Kingsand is home to iconic sea front clock tower which overlooks the beach.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

Cawsand Beach, Rame Peninsula – In a sheltered location, Cawsand Beach is a favourite with families. The beach is sand and shingle and is considered a safe place to swim. Overlooking the Plymouth Sound there is a passenger ferry from Cawsand to Plymouth in the summer.

Dogs are allowed on the beach except from Easter Sunday -30th September when there is a seasonal dog ban in place.

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