Our Favourite Beaches in the Area
When we think about beautiful Cornwall, we instantly think sand between our toes, the cry of seagulls and splashing around in the shallows. Summer holidays aren’t complete without a trip to the beach, and in the winter you may even be the only set of footprints around! Leave your shoes at the shoreline, grab your swimmers and check out our favourite beaches in the area.
St. George’s Cove
This gorgeous inlet is right on our doorstep. Take the footpath out of town towards the monument, and follow the coastal path until you reach a stream, shaded by overhanging branches. Here you will find St. George’s Cove, sheltered and serene, overlooking the estuary. The beach is perfect for sunbathing, sand castle building and picnics at all tides, and is rarely disrupted by waves as the beach borders the camel estuary. Kids love it here, it’s dog friendly and it’s only a short walk away from Padstow – pretty perfect in our opinion!
For the surfers amongst us there is no where like Constantine Bay. The waves break here with the smallest of swells and the beach is long, meaning plenty of peaks for everyone. Lifeguarded between 10am – 6pm during the summer season, this beach is a popular with holiday makers, locals, surfers, fishermen and dog walkers alike and always bustling with brollies, bodyboards and buckets! There’s plenty of parking and it’s easily accessible from Padstow.
A hidden gem, this beautiful beach boasts crystal clear waters, white sands and the occasional pod of dolphins! Families love this beach for swimming and SUPing as it is sheltered from currents and swells. The National Trust recently added a car park nearby, making access easier, and also maintain the coastal path that runs from Mother Ivey’s to Trevose Head, where the views over the lighthouse are spectacular. A favourite dog walk with many of our team here at The Basement!
This seaside village is one of the closest beaches to Padstow, with plenty of parking, places to grab an ice cream and a shop to rent bodyboards, surfboards and kayaks. We love watching the sun go down from the clifftops, swimming in the giant rock pool and taking a morning dip here! The beach isn’t dog friendly, but the coastal path that wraps the cliffs is a beautiful spot to take in the untouched views and spot wildlife.
A favourite with families, Harlyn Bay is super sheltered and great for learning to surf, swimming and paddling. The beach is long enough to accommodate plenty of people, meaning it’s always teeming with laughing families, happy kids and sandy doggies. This beach faces northerly, meaning it is protected from cold westerly winds, and a great place for a BBQ. Lifeguarded during the summer season and only a 5 minute drive from Padstow.
We hope we’ve inspired you to don your flip flops and get out and about on some of our favourite beaches. Don’t worry, we’re used to sandy feet and wet doggies at The Basement!