The hour before the sun finally dips below the horizon is a magical time, especially in Cornwall. Hues of gold, orange, purple and red fill the sky and there is no better place to watch the sunset than from a beach. Bury down in the sand, let the sea lap at the shore and allow night time to fall.
With many of our beaches facing west we are lucky enough to get some of the best sunsets in the country. We wanted to create a list of the top ten beaches to watch the sunset but it was too hard for just one person to choose. So we asked you, and it’s fair to say we were inundated with suggestions and reasons as to why your choice should feature in the list, however there were some clear, stand-out choices.
1. Watergate Bay
Whether you are nestled on the sand, up on the cliffs or sipping an Extreme hot chocolate in the warmth of The Beach Hut you are guaranteed to witness a spectacular sunset. Watergate Bay beach stretches for two miles providing a panoramic view of the setting sun.
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Watchful Mary at Watergate Bay
A continental style bar on the sea wall with unbroken views to the horizon. Laid back drinking and grazing with an unexpected twist. And when the sun goes down, the music will step up.
The Green Flash
The bar’s name is inspired by sighting of the rare Green Flash – a ray of green light that some people claim to have seen at the last second of sunset. Some say it’s lucky, or that it signals great change is on the way. Watchful Mary’s elevated outlook, facing west to the Atlantic, means you can look for the Green Flash too.
2. Perranporth Beach
With miles of golden sands backed by rolling sand dunes, Perranporth is the perfect spot to find your own secluded part of the beach and take in the sunset.
3. Bedruthan Steps
The beach has beautiful golden sand which is only accessible at low tide meaning you may have to watch the sunset from the cliff tops. The granite rocks that are dotted across the beach are, according to legend, stepping stones for the Giant Bedruthan.
4. Mawgan Porth
Mawgan Porth is a firm favourite with beach goers in Cornwall and The Times named it one of the best beaches in Britain. It’s one of the quieter beaches, especially in the evening meaning you could be the only one watching as sun sets.
5. Lusty Glaze
Lusty Glaze is an action packed beach; from surfing to rock climbing to live music, there is always something happening.
6. Sennen Cove
The white sands of Sennen Cove are an idyllic place to rest whilst watching the sunset. It is the most westerly beach in Cornwall, so you get to see every last bit of sun before it dips below the horizon.
7. Porth Beach
Porth Beach is flanked either side by large cliffs which frame the sun as it sets.
8. Crantock Beach
With large expanse of golden sands sheltered by sand dunes Crantock Beach is a cosy spot to watch the sunset. Many of you suggested this beach and we can see why!
9. Gwithian Towans Beach
Blasted by the breeze off the Atlantic, the magnificent beach at Gwithian Towans is always a colourful scene of windsurfers. You can watch the silhouettes of water sport enthusiasts as you take in the setting sun.
10. Cornish beaches
To be honest any beach in Cornwall is a great one to watch the sunset! All of them have their own unique qualities meaning we cant really pick a top ten, however, these were the most popular choices by far. We’d love to know if you have any more suggestions.