Beautifully positioned on the north coast of Cornwall between the Newquay beaches and Watergate Bay sits Porth Beach, a lovely sandy beach popular with families due to its expanse of golden sands, making it ideal for children to play and build sandcastles.
Set in a deep inlet, Porth is a narrow beach with gently sloping sand. The long tidal drop reveals many beautiful rock pools and some fascinating sea life; in addition, due to its position being protected by headlands on both sides, it is very sheltered.
There is a narrow footbridge from the beach where visitors can access Porth Island on which lies Trevelgue Head, an impressive ancient cliff fort and settlement. Across the road from the beach you will find several cafes and a pub.
It is important to remember that surfing is not permitted during the summer season at this lifeguarded beach and there is a dog ban from Easter to September.
Type of beach
RNLI lifeguard Summer cover daily from 19 May to 30 September
Dogs friendly beach?
Seasonal dog ban. No dogs on beach from 15th May to 30th September / 10am to 6pm
Easy access from the main car park
OS grid ref.
SW 8308 6275
Porth Beach Reviews (4)
Love this beach, it does get busy in season but not crammed. Usually plenty of parking across the road. There is beach parking on the sand but BEWARE cars sometimes sink in the sand and the tide comes right in.
Great river to play in with the kids depending on tides, rock pools to explore and you can walk under the footbridge to Whipsiderry. Lovely headland walk and shops, pub, toilets nearby.
Nice Beach between September and April. Avoid from 1ST April until the 1ST October due to over crowding because of 2 many English Invading our County. Also avoid this beach during School Holidays during Autumn and winter. The Mermaid Pub is worth visiting and it does not have pretentious over priced menus like the cafes and other pubs and restaurants have in Cornwall including this area.
LilAug 29th 2022
Hard to find but a really nice beach
There is also a football golf game on the fields overlooking Porth and Whipsiderry, an excellent game for all the family to play.
Also new this year there are now beach huts available to hire from the cafe Jampen on the head.