Situated on Cornwall's south coast is Polperro, viewed by many as one of the county's most picturesque fishing villages. A jumble of whitewashed cottages spilling down the harbour, Polperro's charms are a magnet for visitors.
The small beach in Polperro is positioned just outside the harbour walls, slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the village. The beach is sheltered, sitting under the cliffs by the harbour entrance. However, given its small size it can get busy very quickly.
The state of tide is also important as the beach vanishes at high tide.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October
OS grid ref.
SX 2105 5091
Parking in Polperro village itself is pretty much impossible and should not even be considered! There is a big car park about a mile up the valley from the village. From here there is a regular shuttle service going up and down the hill to the harbour. There is some roadside parking but this is further still.
Polperro Beach Reviews
Tiny gritty beach, pretty harbour.
SamAug 15th 2021
Don’t go there simply for the beach. It looks good in the photos but it is really tiny and a mile walk from the car park. Polperro itself is the attraction. Beautiful, scenic and quaint. If you stay in the village then it’s a great addition to the harbour side relaxed atmosphere. There are much better beaches in Cornwall but still highly recommend the place for all it’s other unspoilt attributes. ( If you do need the toilet buy a drink from many of the friendly harbour side pubs!). Public toilets - avoid.
Beach and toilets
Beach is ok really long walk from the car park
Public toilets are awful! you pay 50p and they have doors hanging off, sanitary bins overflowing and no soap. They look like they haven’t been cleaned for ages Bad really bad.