A favourite beach for surfing but can often be unsafe for swimmers because it faces west and can have some serious rips. There are lifeguards there during the peak summer season, so take notice of the flags and if they are out find somewhere more sheltered like Harlyn Bay.
The bay has rock pools to the left and sand dunes to the right and gentle headland walks in either direction.
At low tide it connects with it's sister beach, Booby's Bay, giving a crescent stretch of more than half a mile of golden sand with plenty of room for picnics and beach games. At high tide it changes to a shelving beach and Booby’s Beach can only be reached by a path near the golf course.
Nearby St Merryn has pubs, restaurants and cafes and Padstow is also close.
And just in case you are interested, this was a favourite holiday haunt of Margaret Thatchers while she was prime minister.
Type of beach
RNLI lifeguards daily from 5 May - 30 September and Easter bank holiday weekend
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
Access to the beach is easy but parking is somewhat limited. There are disabled toilets.