Best beaches in South East Cornwall - Tresarran Cottages

Best beaches in South East Cornwall

This wonderful area of Cornwall is blessed with an amazing array of fantastic beaches. Unspoilt coves, long sprawling sandy stretches, hidden waterfalls and excellent dog friendly spots – we have it all.

Here’s a list of our favourites … shh, don’t tell everyone!

1. Talland Bay

Nestled at the bottom of a long wide road, you will find the two beautiful beaches that comprise Talland Bay. One wider and sandy, the other with rocks and pebbles, they are both absolutely beautiful. They somehow manage to look different every time you go. The rocks are astounding with purples, green and glittering crystals. Both have a magical, calming energy that makes you want to return time after time.

Be sure to go at low tide to be able to enjoy the most of the beaches.

Two cafes here open between Easter and October (please check)

Talland Bay Beach Cafe

Smugglers Rest

2. Seaton Beach

This is dog-friendly beach at its best. Miles and miles of spectacular sandy beach where you can walk between Seaton over to Downderry and to Kingsand.

There is plenty of parking at Seaton and the beach is dog-friendly all year round. Dogs frolic together between the waves and enjoy skipping over the rock pools.

There are plenty of dog-friendly pubs along the way including the beach cafe at Seaton and the Inn on the Shore at Downderry.

Again, we advise to go at low tide for best walking opportunities

3. Lansallos

I was tempted to not include Lansallos but it really is a hidden gem. The walk down is through a beautiful wooded valley and is treat enough, but the cove itself is spectacular. There is nothing here, so you will have to be self-sufficient, but thats the beauty of it.

Park at the National Trust Lansallos car park

4. Hannafore, West Looe

Hannafore beach in West Looe has fantastic views of Looe Island and is easily accessible by car.

Its a perfect spot for rock pooling and has a wide variety of marine life. Its a great location for seal spotting and dogs love to play around here in the rocks.

Island View Beach cafe is perfect for afternoon tea with a view.

5. Looe Beach

East Looe beach offers a traditional family friendly sandy beach backed by a terraced promenade and close to the town. Its a fantastic sun trap and for this reason, can be very busy during the summer holidays. Kids love it, the atmosphere is great and there are deck chairs and sun beds to rent during the summer months.

Banjo Pier provides a great boat watching spot and is a wonderful place to relax and soak in the seaside surroundings.

Park at Millpool and walk down the harbour during the summer months.