Beach Campsites in Cornwall - The Camping and Caravanning Club
The Camping & Caravanning Club Logo
Golden sandy beach at Porthcurno Cornwall

10+ Campsites near the Beach in Cornwall

Enjoy camping near the beach in Cornwall

Boasting breathtaking scenery, a magnificent coastline of pretty coves with sandy beaches, towering cliffs and welcoming seaside towns, there’s no better way to experience the best of British summertime than a coastal camping holiday in Cornwall. You can check out all of our campsites near Cornwall beaches below.

Best beaches in Cornwall

Cornwall is flooded with beautiful beaches and breathtaking views. Here are some of our favourite beaches and campsites on the Cornish coast.

  1. Crackington Haven Beach
  2. Crackington Haven Beach is a splendid shingle cove that’s shielded by magnificent cliffs. At low tide, the beach reveals its array of rockpools and a stretch of gorgeous golden sand to get between your toes.

    Campsites near Crackington Haven Beach: Bude Club Site.

  3. Widemouth Bay
  4. Widemouth Bay will leave you wonderstruck with its vast expanse of sand stretching into the distance at low tide, while its countless rockpools are something to relish. This lively, all-action beach is home to various surf schools and offers top-notch conditions to learn or sharpen your surfing skills.

    Campsites near Widemouth Bay: Bude Club Site.

  5. Northcott Mouth
  6. Northcott Mouth is another brilliant beach. Steeped in history, it’s the site of the SS Belem shipwreck, which ran ashore in 1917. Ruggedly beautiful, the beach is a rocky cove, which reveals a spectacular sandy beach at low tide. Rocky reefs create amazing waves that surfers can enjoy, while a small stream crossing the beach will delight children.

    Campsites near Northcott Mouth: Bude Club Site.

  7. Sandymouth Beach
  8. A tranquil haven that has a magical feel about it thanks to a wondrous waterfall. With a striking stretch of unspoilt sand, and surrounded by incredible cliffs, Sandymouth Beach is a jewel in the crown of Britain’s beaches.

    Campsites near Sandymouth Beach: Bude Club Site.

  9. Sennen Cove Beach
  10. The splendorous Sennen Cove Beach is Cornwall’s most westerly stretch of coastline that takes you to the edge of England thanks to its proximity to the world-famous Land’s End. Its long, sandy beach is great for leisurely strolls and plenty of paddling, while a host of seafront shops and a dinky harbour means there’s much to explore. Although it gets busy in peak season, its sheer size means Sennen Cove always has a quiet corner waiting for you.

    Campsites near Sennen Cove Beach: Sennen Cove Club Site.

  11. Watergate Bay
  12. Watergate Bay is the cream of the crop of Cornish beaches! You can enjoy a pleasant walk down to the bay, which opens up before your eyes to reveal a two-mile ribbon of sand sandwiched between Newquay and Padstow.

    There’s something for everyone at Watergate Bay, ranging from extreme watersports and surfing to sandcastles and sunbathing. It’s great for dogs too, with no seasonal ban in place, your canine companion is welcome to join you for a day out at the beach. With swanky restaurants, cafes and bars lining the seafront, refreshments are readily available if you need a break from the bay.

    Campsites near Watergate Bay: Tregurrian Club Site.

  13. Fistral Beach
  14. Arguably Cornwall’s finest and best-known stretch of coastline is Fistral Beach, where a bounty of watersports and a sweeping stretch of sand await you. Close to Newquay’s lively town centre, you can venture away to explore the shops and sights when you need a break from the beach.

    Campsites near Fistral Beach: Tregurrian Club Site and Veryan Club Site.

  15. Pendower Beach
  16. The epitome of British beach perfection, Pendower joins with Carne Beach at low tide. Both are conserved by the National Trust, and these exquisite coastline locations boast grassy dunes, flat sands, rockpools and astonishing cliffs.

    Nearby Porthluney Beach is a fantastic, family-friendly spot that fronts Caerhays Castle and Gardens, which is well worth a visit. With glorious golden sands, the beach is perfect for picnics and brilliant for beach games.

    Campsites near Pendower Beach: Veryan Club Site.

  17. Slapton Ley
  18. A shingle beach that's surrounded by the largest lake in the South-West, Slapton Lay is a great spot to sit back, relax and watch the world pass you by.

    In 1993, the bay was designated as a National Nature Reserve and is home to a diverse collection of wildflowers and animals including badgers, otters and dormice.

    Campsites near Slapton Ley: Slapton Sands Club Site and Dartmouth Club Site.

More on coastal camping inspiration

Beach camping advice and inspiration