A Healthy Dose of Vitamin Sea: Coastal Activities in Cornwall

Being made up of around 60% water, we invite you to plunge into the world of sea, sand, seabirds and self-care, as we round up our favourite coastal activities in Cornwall to soothe and revitalise…

1. Tempting Tidal Pools

Much-loved by all levels of sea-swimmers, the pools that pepper our coastline make magical spots for a cold water dip. Embrace the initial tingle and then find freedom and calm in this simple pastime. Our favourites are Treyarnon (captured below) and Trevone near Padstow. Children will of course adore them too… Jumping in, swimming laps, coming up nose-to-nose with the curious sea-life; the possibilities are endless!

Our Cornish Gems Coastal Activity Book (available in our Gems Shop)is a great companion for tidal and rock pool exploring. Featuring artwork by local artist Emma Fashokun, children are guided through the wonders of the Cornish coastline and how to look after it.

Where to stay: Porthilly in St Merryn is a first class home located within easy reach of Cornwall’s famous ‘Seven Bays’ including Treyarnon, Trevone, Mother Ivy’s and Harlyn. Its clever, creative design and clean lines bring a sense of zen, and the hot tub and beautifully planted garden are just a joy to experience.

2. Coasteering Adventures

Stimulate mind and body as you swim into sea caves and delve into vibrant blue lagoons; whether adrenaline junkie or coastal explorer, local water sports guides at Cornish Adventure take you to secret spots around beautiful Port Quinn and beyond. Safely guiding you around nature’s watery playground, you’ll gain a whole new perspective of the north Cornwall coast. With jumps for all levels of thrill-seeker, this coastal experience is certainly one to write home about.

Where to stay: Located in the heart and soul of Port Isaac, The Shambles is perfectly positioned for planning coastal activities in Cornwall. Combining quirky, traditional features with a creative style, The Shambles is a dreamy haven to reside in after a day on the water. Whether warming up those post surf toes by the fire or cooking up a fresh summer dinner, The Shambles is a Gem for all seasons.

3. Sea-View Stretches

If you’re looking for a very ‘zen’ coastal activity in Cornwall, roll out your mat and embrace the feel-good vibes of a yoga session on the beach. Whether you move to your own sun salutation or are guided through a nourishing flow, the sand is a dreamy setting for yogis. Let the ebb and flow set the pace of your practice, and, as if you needed more convincing, the tempting ocean promises to cool you off after the more fiery yoga flows.

Where to stay: Blue Albany in St Ives is a sleek, coastal apartment, just a five-minute walk to the beach. We love the idea of an early morning stroll to the sand for an energising yoga flow, before heading back to the ocean-view terrace for breakfast with the group.

4. Paddleboards and Picnics

Iconic Mounts Bay is a safe, sandy beach stretching out to St Michaels Mount, it’s a unique setting for paddle boarding in Cornwall with plenty of space to glide. Stand Up Paddle-boarding offers an entirely new window into the coastal world, encouraging you to slow down, be present in the moment, build strength and immerse yourself in nature. Local instructors can show you the basics, allowing you to paddle independently and explore the stunning surroundings for your self.

We recommend packing a picnic to enjoy on the beach between paddles! You can view our sustainable picnic ware at our Gems Shop, including the organic bamboo Travel Cutlery Set and plastic free lunchboxes.

Where to stay: Packed with cottage character and located just a short stroll away from the harbour, Eden Cottage in Newlyn offers an authentic Cornish experience. This charming home is less than a ten minute drive down the coast to Mousehole, and just up the coast is Penzance Jubilee Pool and Mounts Bay.

5. Hit The South West Coast Path

With 630 miles of coast path to hike, you can breathe new life into your old walking boots without taking your eyes off the stunning ocean vistas. Traversing up and down cliffs, down to secret beaches, and out over the highest headlands, there’s nothing more liberating than disappearing onto the coastline. Swap concrete streets for craggy footpaths, where ocean air is said to improve lung function, and wide blue spaces fill us with awe.

Where to stay: Castaway is a private waterside retreat located right on the coast path, on the banks of the River Fal. The gentle clinking of yachts and rippled water and are the definition of serenity. Head out through the gate straight onto coast path, and explore the interesting creeks and inlets of the river.

Whether you let out a yell and plunge straight in, or tentatively dip toe-by-toe, we invite you to experience the best coastal activities in Cornwall and make the most of island life. For more inspiration and to view our full collection of coastal homes, click here.