Sunbathe on whitewashed sands. Float in crystal-clear waters. Explore caves above the waves and beneath. The Lizard’s beaches are the best in Cornwall.

Whether you want to try rock pooling with the kids, take your best friend for a walk, or find your own secret nook, we have a beach for you. And with water on three sides of our beautiful peninsula there are plenty of coastal gems to choose from.

Beach Life

From the much-painted beauty of Kynance, to the old world charm of the fleet of crabbing boats pulled onto the sands at Cadgwith, eye-achingly scenic coves are a Lizard given.

Get together for a game of rounders on golden sands. Or explore abundant rock pools like those from Downas Point to Lankidden or around Polpeor, Dollar and Poldhu for plenty of exciting mini-discoveries.

There are beaches to enjoy with your dog throughout the year here, too, including at tiny Polpeor below the old Lizard lifeboat station. Or navigate the maze of lanes to Polnare Cove for extra secret beach brownie points ‑ and great views back along the peninsula.

Water sports

Try windsurfing in the mile-wide bay off Coverack where flat seas and blasting winds make for perfect beginner and intermediate conditions. Or set sail in a boat to enjoy life on the water.

Kayak the creeks and inlets of the Helford River and float alongside an ancient oak forest. Float through morning mists at Frenchmen’s Creek, the inlet that inspired Daphne Du Maurier’s novel and keep an eye out for heron, kestrels and kingfishers at the water’s edge.


Clear waters. Living reefs. Awe-inspiring wrecks. The Lizard boasts some of the best dive sites in Britain.

British scenic diving at its best” —

Sightsee beneath the waves and encounter basking sharks, porpoise, dolphin and seals on a snorkeling trip. Experience marine life in miniature spying thornback rays, hermit crabs, scallops and sea squirts in the waters of the Helford River. Or drop in on the infamous Manacles rocks where you’ll find coral-covered reefs and more shipwrecks than you can shake a stick at.

Snorkelers should take to the waters around Poltesco for fantastic wildlife spotting.

DID YOU KNOW? A peninsula is a piece of land surrounded on three sides by the sea but still joined to the mainland – that means there are plenty of beaches to choose from!