The Beach Guide

Porthgwarra Beach

  • Porthgwarra Cliffs
  • Porthgwarra Cove
  • Porthgwarra hole
  • Porthgwarra
  • Porthgwarra Slipway

Secluded, relatively unknown Cornish Cove largely owned by Lord St Levan (of St Micheal's Mount). Located just under 3 miles southeast of Lands End.
There is a tiny beach at low tide with an array of interesting rock pools and caves. There are lots of reminders of Porthgwarra's fishing heritage but now only one boat regularly works crab pots from here.
Swimming is relatively safe within the confines of the Cove but with no lifeguards and strong currents further out to sea caution is advised.
One of Porthgwarra's most interesting features is the cave running through part of the cliff; there is a rope to hang on to as it's treacherously slippery. Sometimes of an evening bats may be seen flying in and out of the cave.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

dog friendly beaches »


TR19 6JR

OS grid ref.

SW 3720 2165


Toilets, telephone box (red!!) and old fashioned seaside shop selling assorted souveneirs and snacks.


Ample car parking in field just by the village. Not too expensive