Watersports in Cornwall

Make the most of Cornwall’s coastline, get active or simply enjoy the views from the water.

The lure of the sea

Surrounded by stunning coast and enticing clear seas, Cornwall is a great place to try watersports. Lessons are available year round in a variety of sports including surfing, bodyboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, coasteering and kayaking to name a few.

For those not so inclined to try a sport, sea safaris give another perspective on the Cornish coast. Several operators hold regular excursions and it’s a great opportunity to get up close to some of the marine wildlife, in particular dolphins and seals.

South coast creeks and rivers

Whereas the north coast is famous for surfing, the south is known for its maze of creeks and rivers. Falmouth is a good place to head to if you’d like to join in on a boat trip or even learn to build a raft. Fowey is great for canoeing and river cruises are popular during peak season. Coasteering and SUPing (Stand up paddle boarding) are also available.

Windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving are popular in the south. Polkerris beach is a good place to hire equipment and the sandy harbour is quite sheltered. Equipment, lessons and excursions are also offered at Pentewen where water skiing and wakeboarding are also on offer.


For surfing, the beaches near Falmouth are your best bet on the south coast. For the biggest waves though, head north to Newquay where tuition and equipment hire are readily available and the waves have a bit more of an edge.

Tuition providers for beginners through to experienced surfers can be found at Watergate Bay, Fistral and some of the other beaches whilst The Pit Surf Shop in St Merryn Cornwall is a 1 stop surf shop dealing with sales and hire whilst also being one mile from 7 great surf beaches.

girl surfing at Watergate Bay

50% off a surf lesson

Book a stay at Green Acres Cottages and ask us about 50% off a lesson with Westcountry Surf School at Watergate Bay.

Just request a voucher at the time of booking and then pre-book your lesson on 07772 251 778.

girl kneeling on surf board

Other places to try

Active-8 Cornwall is a also a simple to use website for some of the very best holiday activities in Cornwall including horse riding, canoeing, wet & wild days, coasteering, surfing, deep sea fishing and much more. You can check availability, book on-line and you will be sent vouchers with details and directions. 

Hot Rock Coasteer also provide coasteering fun around the Cornish coast whilst Specialised Charters provide trips for fishing, photography or sightseeing onboard Obsession. It operates on the Lizard Peninsula and in the Falmouth Bay area. The boat can accommodate a maximum of 2 passengers, so personal attention from the skipper is assured at all times.

Further information

For more information on Cornwall’s beaches, take a look at our page on Cornwall beaches near Green Acres Cottages.

Cornwall Beach Guide is another useful source of information.

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