A mostly sand with a little shingle beach set in a steep valley. To the western end of the beach are high cliffs and another smaller cove which is seperated by the high tide. There are a couple of interesting rocks just of the coast
The other end of the beach is bounded by a granite wall which protects the narrow harbour. Once a busy port, importing coal and exporting copper but now only sheltering the occasional fishing boat
On the left hand side, the beach has a stream running down to the sea. It is a popular family beach which, like many beaches on the north Cornish coast, is popular with surfers and in particular bodyboarders. Also it backs onto the small town offering most facilities including several shops and cafés
There is a well equipped newly built surf life saving club right on the beach adding to the surfie feel!
Type of beach
Full lifeguard service in the Summer (19 May to 30 September)
Dogs friendly beach?
Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October
Access to the beach via ramp at harbour end of car park. Some designated disabled parking spaces in the beachfront car park. Both adult and child sand chairs available from Portreath Surf Life Centre - 01209 842746
OS grid ref.
SW 6545 4527
Toilets, including disabled facilities, first aid post, lost child centre, café, restaurant, shops and surf life-saving club.
There is a reasonably large privately owned car park right on the beach