Falmouth beaches

Discover our favourite beaches and coves in and around falmouth…

Sea spray scents in the air. Rolling waves crashing on the shore. Soft warm sand between your toes.  There’s nothing quite like our beaches in Falmouth. Offering something for everyone – whether it be a romantic stroll followed by a picnic, or watersports and beach activities for all the family – these unique coastlines have it all.

With two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) on either side and with the South West Coast Path running alongside, the Falmouth coastline is a must-do attraction for families, swimmers, wildlife watchers, walkers and thrill seekers alike.

For the ultimate adventure, how about picking up some skills with Gylly Adventures watersports? Paddle your way across the water in sit-on-top kayaks or try your hand at paddle-boarding. Even better, Gylly Adventures offers LED night tours, lighting up the water as you paddle into the evening – the perfect summer evening treat. Simply speak to us about booking a private lesson or tour and launch from Gyllyngvase beach yourself.

With four main beaches and plenty of hidden coves to explore, there’s no excuse to not enjoy the sunshine and see what Falmouth has to offer!

Gyllyngvase Beach

Gyllyngvase Beach

Just a ten minute drive from The Greenbank, Gyllyngvase beach (or Gylly beach) offers a variety of activities and fun for the whole family. You will see many kayakers, paddle boarders and swimmers enjoying the crystal blue waters here. With a Blue Flag status and an award-winning cafe, it's one of Cornwall's most popular beaches.

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Swanpool Beach

Swanpool Beach

The ultimate cove to explore - with one of their famous ice-creams in hand! A ten minute stroll along the picturesque coast path from Gylly, Swanpool is perfect for swimming and snorkelling thanks to its with crystal clear waters. Don't fancy taking a dip? Enjoy adventure golf, kayaking and Swanpool's nature reserve.

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Castle Beach

Castle Beach

Castle beach consists of shingles at high tide but there are plenty of interesting rock pools to be found at low tide. A great location for young families with a large sundeck area, enjoy breath-taking views of Pendennis Castle and the Falmouth bay area. The most northerly (and peaceful!) of Falmouth's beaches.

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Maenporth Beach

Maenporth Beach

This beach has shallow waters, perfect for children to explore little rock pools and find lost treasure. A short ten minute drive from The Greenbank brings you to the soft sands of this relaxing location. Be it sunbathing, boating or hiking towards the Helford river, there's plenty to keep you occupied here.

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Idles Beach

Idles Beach

Idles beach is situated in the center of the historic fishing village of St Mawes. It is ideal for those that love to watch the world go by whilst enjoying an ice-cream or pasty from one of the many local shops. Even better, dogs are welcome all year round - so everyone can enjoy.

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Trebah Beach

Trebah Beach

An idyllic spot to skim stones, this private and secluded beach is owned by Trebah Garden. Kick back whilst taking in the stunning views that stretch out to the open sea. To access this beach (also known as Polgwidden Cove), following the garden's hydrangea trails.

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