Porthcurnick Beach

This is an isolated sandy beach backed by high cliffs close to Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsula. Bathers should take normal bathing precautions and beware of rip currents.

Dogs are allowed but no dog bins are provided.

There are walks along a coastal footpath to Portscatho around St Anthony Headland to the west, or to Carne and Pendower beaches in the opposite direction. Watch the sea for cetaceans and basking sharks.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

There is no lifeguard cover.Lifebuoy in red box on slipway to beach

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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OS grid ref.

SW 8799 3596


A slipway provides access for boats. There are restrictions on jet skis/waterskiing.


Limited free parking is available.

Porthcurnick Beach Reviews

Great beach

May 07th 2022

A beautiful unspoiled beach. Dog friendly..
Hidden Hut cafe above beach great for snacks drinks etc. Lovely calm clear sea great for paddle boarding or kayaking.
Steps down to beach or slip road.

porthcurnick beach review

hayden horsted
Jul 30th 2021

ive been to porthcurnick so many times and have loved it every time the sea is always really nice and the space on the beach makes it able for you to have big games of sports like beach cricket and football etc.

Jul 10th 2021

Porthcurnick is a beautiful beach in a stunning location.
There are amazing coastal walks near-by and wonderful food available at the Hidden Hut, Driftwood Hotel or Plume of Feathers and Boat House in Portscatho.
Towan Beach on road from Gerrans to St Anthony’s is also worth a visit and there is a lovely National Trust cafe there.
Car parking at all these beaches is limited.The Roseland Peninsula is beautiful but try to visit out of busy months.


Kevin Dolden
May 09th 2021

This is a lovely beach and great for kids, I’ve been out in my kayak here many times and really enjoyed it, also great for dogs, everywhere in cornwall is beautiful.

Our corner of cornwall

Christopher Regan
May 05th 2021

We love this beach. We stay nearby every year. The hidden hut is ideal for a snack or pasty. There is a stream that runs out into the beach and the kids love building dams. You could be there all day.

Dull and Disappointing

May 03rd 2021

I have visited this beach several times whilst walking, and whilst I try my hardest to like it, I still find myself coming back to the same conclusion, and that is that the beach is very bland, gloomy and depressing.
It is also covered in plastic particles and sometimes litter. I realise that this is down to people.  There are many beaches unfortunately now like this not just in Cornwall but all over the UK.
There is a lot of rockfall along this coastline, be warned.

Car park payment option

Stephen Carlyon
Sep 14th 2020

arrived at car park and wanted to pay , not able too due to no cash , no card options available or Internet very poor in this day and age,  phoned helpline only to be told you have to go somewhere else