Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Port Isaac Beach

Port Isaac Beach
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  • Port Isaac harbour beach
  • Port Isaac Harbour

Port Isaac's popularity has exploded over recent years largely due to its association with the TV series, Doc Martin where it is known as 'Port Wenn'. This attractive village is built around the equally attractive historic harbour which also serves as the beach. Once a busy port, shipping slates from nearby Delabole and importing coal from Wales, the harbour itself is much quieter these days. There is still some fishing from Port Isaac and the crab pots littered around the harbourside are testament to this.
The beach at Port Isaac stretches out to the twin piers at low tide revealing an expanse of sand. As this is also the harbour you will have to share it with the small fishing fleet which is left stranded with the tide. There is a small stream and plenty of rockpools which provide endless entertainment for children. Port Isaac is sheltered from the prevailing winds by high cliffs to the west.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Facilities

The beach and harbour are the centre of the village. This gives easy access to all the facilities including public toilets on the harbourside. There are some good places to eat overlooking the beach and plenty of shops on Fore Street.

Parking

The town's main car park is some distance from the harbour and beach, situated up the hill on the edge of the village around 10 minutes walk away. There are parking spaces on the beach itself. However, it is advisable to park above the high water mark or to keep a very close eye on the tide!

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