Porth Beach

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


Lifeguard service

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

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Disabled access

Easy access from the main car park



OS grid ref.

SW 8308 6275