Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Port Quin Beach

Port Quin Beach
  • Port Quin
  • Portquin

Port Quin Beach is an unspoilt cove facing the Atlantic Ocean that sits in a deep rocky inlet between Port Isaac and Polzeath. A narrow and sheltered cove with a rocky beach, it is only accessible at low tide when rock pools appear.

Forming a natural harbour Port Quin, like many coastal villages, once had a thriving pilchard fishing industry. There was mining here too, but over the years both industries went into terminal decline with the village eventually became deserted. The cove and village of Port Quin are owned by the National Trust.

Port Quin Beach is a quiet and peaceful spot that is popular mainly with experienced walkers because of its location that can be accessed from the South West coastal path down a steep slope. It is also often visited by people taking part in snorkelling and kayaking.

Type of beach

Rocky

Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

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