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Falmouth Beach Guide

Boasting a bevy of world-class beaches, Falmouth’s coastline attracts visitors from across the globe as they feel the beguiling call of the Cornish ocean.

Providing pristine sands, crystalline waters and renowned coastal paths all dotted with cafés and restaurants with to-die-for views, whether you wish to loaf, dine, or relish an activity on sand or water, the super scenic choice is all yours. 

And with a fabulous range of sandy stretches to suit every visitor and agenda, from diminutive coves made for a spot of sun worshipping to sheltered beaches screaming for rock-pooling adventures, and expanses of water ideal for surfing, sailing, SUP-ing, swimming and snorkelling, everyone from individuals to couples and families can lap up the shoreline luxury.

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The award winning, Gyllygnvase Beach proudly boasts Blue Flag status, which guarantees beautifully clean waters safely patrolled by lifeguards alongside a host of top-notch facilities. 

Situated a short 15 minute stroll from the town centre, here you’ll find the fabulous Gylly Beach Café complete with sun terrace that bases its modern menu around local, seasonal produce. Sister outlet, Bakery On The Beach, sits next to the café and offers fresh coffee and baked goods as well as delicious breakfast, lunch and evening dining options (and entertainment by way of their not-to-be-missed Sunday Sessions).

Visit WESUP to experience the global phenomenon of stand up paddleboarding, or Gylly Adventures to hire equipment or sign up for various activity lessons including supping, kayaking, coasteering and coastcraft.

The most northerly beach toward Pendennis Point is Castle Beach, a sheltered spot that’s perfect for snorkelling, diving and rock pooling, and joins with adjacent Tunnel Beach on a low tide (but disappears with the high tide, so take note).

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Tuck in to an array of food and drink at Castle Beach Café, which can be enjoyed on the fantastic sundeck area for an idyllic alfresco eating experience. 

Tunnel Beach is sheltered by a high sea wall and provides a safe, yet rocky, stretch of sand that connects to Castle Beach on a low tide. Come here for rock pooling or sun bathing, it’s the perfect place to simply sit and take in the spellbinding waterside surrounds.

To experience a taste of the exotic, Swanpool’s sheltered stretch of fine white sands and flat aquamarine waters will transport you to a tropical idyll of the most majestic kind. Next to Swanpool Lake Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, watersport centre Elemental will adrenalise you with a vast assortment of activities, from sailing, windsurfing, supping and bell boating to raft building, coasteering and power boating.

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The brilliant beach café is just the ticket for a laidback stint of home made refreshments and ‘quirky’ ice cream as you sea gaze before exploring the nature reserve and its abundance of wildlife, or try your hand at a fun-filled session of crazy golf.

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Escape the crowds and schedule a stop-off at the magnificent, Maenporth Beach. Situated two miles from Falmouth’s bustling town centre, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the bay toward Pendennis Castle, along with gently lapping waters.

Seasonal lifeguards patrol the flat sands, while Life’s A Beach café offers freshly cooked food and snacks to order, along with beach essentials such as beach toys, souvenirs and wetsuits. Meanwhile, Falmouth Surf School provides equipment and tutelage for everything from fishing, yoga and snorkelling to kayaking and supping.

Or for anyone fancying some fine dining at an uber cool locale, award-winning bar and restaurant, The Cove, presents tapas on the terrace alongside lip-smacking menus packed with fresh Cornish produce.

Where stated, images were kindly supplied by the official Falmouth Town website,

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