Harlyn (meaning facing a pool) is a small village on the north coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated inland from Harlyn Bay (meaning court cove) three miles from Padstow and about one mile from St. Merryn.
Harlyn Bay is a very popular family and surfing beach and is suitable for novice surfers. Near the beach are a caravan park and a pub called The Harlyn Inn. Many of the houses in Harlyn are holiday lets.
East of Harlyn Bay is the village and beach of Trevone and west of Harlyn are Cataclews Point (meaning grey rock), Mother Ivey's Bay and Trevose Head. Further west, the beaches at Constantine Bay, Porthcothan and Treyarnon are linked by the South West Coast Path.
Harlyn lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.
The village is compromised to a large extent of second homes, and is quiet for much of the year. The year round population is probably around a dozen people. However the pub remains quite busy on the correct evenings all year round. The village also has a variety of different forms of holiday accommodation, which include Harlyn Bay directly above the beach and Polmark Beach Cottages, just 150 yards from the beach.