The beaches near Porthcurno in Southwest Cornwall must be amongst the best in Cornwall. The white sand and turquoise blue water really do make you think you are in an island paradise.
Access to Porthcurno beach is straightforward from the car park. At low tide you can walk / paddle to the adjacent beaches of Treen and Pednevounder, but at high tide you will not be able to return to Porthcurno, and have to scale the *very* steep and rocky path back up to the coastal path. Porthcurno is about 15 minutes off the A30, towards Lands End, there is a pay and display car park nearby, with a cafe and shop near the car park. The Minack theatre is a steep walk from the beach, but also has a shop and excellent cafe. For an ideal summers day out, pack a picnic or take a barbecue with you.
Pednevounder beach is well known as a naturist beach, so don't be at all surprised, or offended if you see naked people sunbathing, walking, and swimming in the sea.