With more than 150 beaches to choose from discover the top 20 beach webcams in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 10:15 26 June 2020 | UPDATED: 11:16 14 July 2020

Gwithian Beach at sunset. Photo: Ewen MacDonald

Gwithian Beach at sunset. Photo: Ewen MacDonald


Cornwall’s top 20 beach webcams

Carbis Bay. Photo: Ewen MacDonaldCarbis Bay. Photo: Ewen MacDonald

Cornwall’s beaches have the power to improve our mental wellbeing – but whether under Covid-19 house arrest or simply too far away to enjoy them in person, Cornwall’s many beach web cams provide 24/7 coverage of our stunning coast.

Carbis Bay Beach

One of Cornwall Life team’s favourite beaches, Carbis Bay looks great from any angle and this webcam overlooks the gorgeous and uninterrupted golden sands of this cove, near St Ives. The webcam itself is provided by the Carbis Bay Hotel and Estate that sits looking out across the bay.


Porthmeor Beach

If you like to watch the surf break – and the surfers who take advantage of it, this high definition webcam is for you. Overlooking the beautiful Porthmeor beach in St Ives and taking in St Ives Island, you can also use it to plan your surf visits.

The beach at Rock near PadstowThe beach at Rock near Padstow


Fistral Beach

One of Cornwall’s best webcams, overlooking one of Cornwall’s best beaches. The Headland Hotel provides pretty good coverage of Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach. You can watch the surfers and SUP riders enjoy the breaking waves – and take pleasure in the stunning sunsets during the summer months.


Watergate Bay Beach

Designed to provide surf updates on Watergate Bay’s beach, it can be easily enjoyed by those who simply like to watch the action or enjoy the breaking waves along this two mile stretch of sand on the outskirts of Newquay, backed by dramatic steep cliffs.

Porthminster Beach in St Ives. Photo: Ewen MacDonaldPorthminster Beach in St Ives. Photo: Ewen MacDonald


Polzeath Beach

One of Cornwall’s most sought-after holiday destinations beamed directly onto your tablet, phone or laptop. This high-quality panning webcam is run by John Bray Holidays and overlooks the holiday resort and beach of Polzeath.



The beautiful Camel Estuary is endlessly watchable, even if very few things happen. Set in Rock there are views that seem to stretch for miles. Provided by Padstow Harbour – which also has its own webcam if you prefer to see the boats.

Fistral Beach in Newquay at sunset. Photo: Ewen MacDonaldFistral Beach in Newquay at sunset. Photo: Ewen MacDonald


Daymer Bay

If Rock’s camera has given you a taste for the Camel Estuary, try this live webcam looking towards Daymer Bay, Greenaway beach and the estuary.


Harlyn Bay

Sitting a few miles from Padstow, Harlyn Bay is considered one of the best family beaches in Cornwall. Enjoy the views of the wide and spacious beach of yellow sand and pebbles, its rockpools and dunes. Webcam provided by Harlyn Bay Surf School.

Sennen Beach. Photo: Ewen MacDonaldSennen Beach. Photo: Ewen MacDonald


Portreath Beach

One of the best views of Portreath has to be from the headland. This web cam provided by Gwel an Mor holiday resort, the beach cam pans the entire beach.


Coverack Beach

Perhaps the next generation of web cams – a 3D tour! This brilliant live webcam overlooking Coverack beach allows you to control the view which is provided and located on the Bay Hotel in Coverack.


Polurrian Bay

This live webcam overlooks the beautifully secluded Polurrian Cove on the Lizard Peninsula. Provided by Polurrian Bay Hotel, the cam offers stunning views whatever the weather.


Mullion Cove

St Michael's Mount. Photo: Ewen MacDonaldSt Michael's Mount. Photo: Ewen MacDonald

When one camera isn’t enough, these two web cams provided by Mullion Cove Hotel show the beach and its picturesque harbour.


Poldhu Cove

Poldhu Cove, also known as Black Pool Cove, is a lovely west-facing sandy beach on the Lizard Peninsula and can usually be found filled with visitors enjoying the golden sands. This Webcam refreshes every few seconds and is provided by Seaside Cottages.


Porthleven HarbouR

This high definition webcam overlooks the harbour, featuring the iconic clock tower that often gets engulfed in waves during Cornwall winter storms.


Crooklets Beach

Bude is much-loved by holiday makers and boasts several stunning beaches. Discover Crooklets via this good quality live webcam supplied by Aspect Holidays.


Gwithian Beach

Any time of day or year is a good time to visit this stunning Atlantic beach that makes up part of St Ives Bay. Discover for yourself and enjoy its spring and summer sunsets courtesy of the local beach cafe and surf centre.


Polkerris Beach

A hidden gem of South Cornwall, Polkerris is one of Cornwall’s best family beaches. The idyllic sandy cove and stunning coastline offers fantastic watersports, so sit back and enjoy the derring-do.


Mevagissey Harbour

The second largest fishing port in Cornwall, Mevagissey Harbour is beautiful, historic and hosts a thriving fishing industry - and fortunately for us also has its own beach. This live HD live webcam takes in this stunning spot.


Sennen Beach

Reminscent of a Caribbean beach, Sennen beach (Whitesands Bay) sits around the corner from Land’s End, the most westerly point in mainland Britain. During hot days this beach is about as idyllic as it gets.


St Michaels Mount

For those of you who like a landmark in their sights, the St Michael’s Mount webcam is for you. Taking in the famous tidal island which is thought to have been home to people for more than 3,000 years. The camera also takes in Marazion beach near Penzance. u


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