Hawkers Cove

It is a lovely, quiet beach that is seldom busy. The main reason for this is that it is not easily accessible. From Padstow, you can drive around to a car park via a windy B road or you can walk north around the point from Padstow Harbour (highly recommended). If the conditions are right it’s a kitesurfing paradise and the water can be as clear as any Egyptian lagoon. Beware the tide comes in quickly and parts of the beach can be cut off at high tide. Also note there are no facilities.

Harlyn Bay

Harlyn is a sheltered beach surrounded by dramatic cliffs. For beginner/intermediates surfers it is a good place to visit, with a school and lifeguard on duty during the peak season. The facilities are limited, but that keeps the crowds away, so it’s a good thing!

Constantine Bay

Constantine is a beautiful sandy beach and one of the best surfing spots! Be warned, when the waves are big the rips can get very strong and are unforgiving so be careful. In the summer months there is a lifeguard on duty so stay within the flags unless you are very experienced. Low tide connects Constantine to Booby’s Bay, but it is cut off at high tide by a massive rock (which makes for excellent rockpooling) so don’t get caught out.

Watergate Bay

With nearly two miles of golden sand, and a very well established surf school, this is the place to get surfing and kitesurfing lessons. The facilities are excellent, there is the beautiful Watergate Bay hotel, Jamie’s Fifteen Restaurant, a good café, and the Extreme Academy surf school. At low tide this beach is massive, you will always be able to find your own little area!


Home of the Camel Ski School offering Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kite Surfing, inflatable rides, Boat Driving Courses and SUPs. It is the place to go for evening SUP sessions up the river when the surf is flat. Contact the school for further information.

Daymer Bay

Daymer Bay is one of Cornwall's more popular kitesurfing and Windsurfing beaches (with a café!). This is not really a surfing beach but good for paddling and swimming. Make sure you check the tide times here and avoid a strong outgoing tide unless you are an experienced swimmer. There is a nice walk to Rock around the point at low tide, be careful you don’t get cut off as the tide ebbs in.


Polzeath is a family friendly beach with lots of facilities. During the holiday periods, it can get very crowed both on the beach and in the water. It’s very popular with beginner surfers due to the facilities, surfschools and lifeguard cover. It is a safe place to surf because it is a slow mellow wave, hence the crowds in holiday season. For the more experienced surfer, there is a reasonable right that breaks off Pentire Point in a good size swell.