As a county, Cornwall has so much to offer. It’s incredibly popular all year round, but especially so during the summer months. What could be better than escaping the crowds and taking to the water to enjoy all the benefits of Cornwall but with the added luxury of some wonderful sailing, plus privacy and peace to relax.


We’ve put together some of our ideas for sailing in Cornwall - from secluded beaches to great places to drop anchor and come ashore for a bite to eat.


Read on to find out more and start planning your 2021 sailing holiday in Cornwall…


Quiet, secluded Cornish beaches by boat

If you’re not tied to parking the car, you’ll find lots of wonderful beaches in Cornwall that are much quieter - some of which can only be reached by water.


If you’re in the Fowey area, why not head around the corner to the golden sands of Lantic Bay?



Vault Beach near Gorran Haven is another wonderful option (on the coast near St Austell), or if you’re heading further south, why not drop anchor at the secluded Bosahan Cove on the Helford?




Where to eat and drink by the water in Cornwall

If you’re in the Falmouth area - one of the most popular stops for boaters in Cornwall, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to places to enjoy a meal or a tall glass of something cold.


Right on the waterfront, you’ll find The Working Boat, with stunning views across Falmouth Harbour, or the 16th century inn The Chain Locker, believed to be one of Falmouth’s oldest buildings.


Take a trip round to Mylor and enjoy a stop at the Pandora Inn on the edge of Restronguet Creek. Parts of the inn date back to the 13th century, and the thatched roof, flagstone floors and low-beamed ceiling certainly take you back in time!


Another lovely option is Castaways in Mylor Harbour, which offers Italian-style cuisine, tasty seafood dishes and a bustling harbour atmosphere.


Cruise the Cornish Riviera 

Looking for sandy coves and crystal waters? Head to the stretch of south Cornwall from Gribben Head to Black Head (around St Austell Bay), known as the Cornish Riviera.


For sweeping stretches of golden sands, visit the beautiful beaches of Carlyon Bay or Par Sands, where even on a busy day you’ll find lots of space to relax. 



Alternatively, you’ll also find quieter spots like Readymoney Cove or Portmellon.


Other great things to do in the area include a visit to the historic port of Charlestown, made famous in the popular BBC series Poldark.


If our list has inspired you, why not start putting some plans together with our Route Assist tool? 


Enter your start point and final destination and we’ll show you everything you need for an enjoyable sail, from moorings to fuel, chandlers and days out along the route.


If you’re not a boat owner yourself, our main search tool will help you find boat charters in Cornwall, so you can start planning a holiday to remember.