Local beaches

There are number of different types of beaches in and around the Falmouth area, many of which are perfect for swimming and family days out.


Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth


One of the most popular beaches in Falmouth, a Blue Flag status beach, with its wide arc of golden sand and inviting sea. Great amenties, with award winning cafe, yet still only a 10 minute walk away from Falmouth town centre.


Gylly Beach Cafe is built over the beach and offers fantastic views from its sundrenched terrace and is open all year round. Prides itself on utilising wherever possible, local produce and best environmental practice. Fresh contemporary menu – expect lots of fish/shellfish, salads, tapas, accompanied by chilled out acoustic music sessions. Perfect place for a romantic meal or a family gathering by the beach. For their website click here

Adjacent to Gylly Beach Cafe is a small building which sells take-away food, ice-cream and beach goodies throughout the summer months. Public toilets are located 20 yards away

There is RNLI Lifeguard cover between 15 May – 26 September at Gyllyngvase Beach

Travelling by car – in addition to on road parking, there is a large car park 100 yards away.  In the summer months the beach is raked every morning.

Gyllyngvase Beach is a 10 minute walk from the centre of town and is also linked via the South West Coastpath to Swanpool Beach and Nature Reserve

The Lizard

The Lizard, TR12

Lizard Point, with its lighthouse, is the most southerly point in Great Britain. It is famous for the local serpentine stone, a unique metamorphic rock which is dark green veined with red and white. Serpentine ornaments were particularly fashionable in Victorian times but the village still has several serpentine turners working during the season. There are several craft shops, gift shops and galleries. This is also an area which boasts a number of scuba diving schools.


Flushing Beach


Flushing, TR11 5TZ

This beach is a mixture of sand and shingle and there is a small area of grass suitable for picnics. Like the other small river beaches nearby it is rarely crowded. There are fantastic walks around the headland to Mylor Yacht Harbour. The beach is perfect for picnics, playing with the kids, or just relaxing. During Flushing regatta week it plays host to the famous sandcastle building competition. Access is easy and the beach is dog friendly all year.



Swanpool Beach


Falmouth, TR11 5BG

Swanpool Beach is another very sheltered beach offering quite safe bathing. The golden sand is littered here and there with rocks. All the usual amenities are close at hand and due to its proximity to Falmouth, Swanpool is often quite crowded, especially in summer. Behind the beach lies the Swan Pool that gave the beach its name. There are excellent views across Falmouth Bay and a couple of other good beaches close by – namely Maenporth to the south and Gyllyngvase to the northeast.


Little & Great Molunan

Portscatho, Cornwall TR2 5EY

St. Anthony Head is best known for its lighthouse which is highly visible from nearby Falmouth, in its position guarding Carrick Roads and the River Fal. Rather than one large beach there are several small coves with differing amounts of sand and rocks and degrees of accessibility. On a fine day there are some excellent views to west and east especially from the coast path. Ideal for beaching small craft. Well worth a visit as the beach is often quiet when others are busy.


Holywell Bay


Holywell Bay, TR8

A truly stunning beach! The name of this beach comes from the fact that there are two Holy Wells in the village. There are exciting caves on the beach which can be explored but only with great care and on a falling tide, as they become completely filled at high tide! Holywell Bay is a west facing fairly level beach, with large dunes and a small stream making up the back of the beach. Good cliff walks are possible all around here. West of Holywell Bay lies Perranporth reached by walking up the relatively steep coastpath to Penhale and Ligger Points.


Kynance Cove

Local Beaches

The Lizard, TR12

One of our favourite locations in Cornwall. Kynance Cove is very picturesque and is important historically and geologically. To experience Kynance at its best, it is suggested that you arrive at the car park about 3 hours before low tide. There is then a half mile or so descent down to the beach with several excellent photo opportunities along the way. The beach at Kynance Cove really unfolds at low tide when it is possible to explore the caves (The Parlour and The Drawing Room) and the bases of the serpentine rock stacks such as The Bishop, Gull Rock and Asparagus Island.



St Mawes Beach

St Mawes, TR2 5

There are two beaches at St. Mawes, Tavern Beach and Freshwater Beach. Tavern beach lies just below the the 16th century St. Mawes Castle, built about 1542. The larger Freshwater beach lies to the east just in front of the car park. This relatively large south facing crescent of sand and rocks is quite popular in summer, largely due to its proximity to the ferry terminal for locals and tourists from Falmouth just across the water.