When children draw a seaside scene, they draw Porth. Streams, rockpools and caves beg to be explored, whilst soft stretches of sand provide ample terrain for sandcastle building and sand-fairy making. Families, adventurers and explorers of all ages will lose hour after happy hour here.
A narrow wooden footbridge leads to Porth Island, a headland full of history. Watch in awe at mid tide, particularly on windy days, as the blow hole shoots rainbow sprays of water. Embrace the theatre of Porth Island any time of day or all year round – just wrap up warm and bring a camera to capture dramatic sunrises and storms alike. Back down on the beach, melted strawberry ice cream drips down sides of candy cones and sizzling tapas is served at Porth’s beachside eateries.
Once you’ve soaked up the Porth scene, try heading towards Newquay’s bays, up the coast path to Whipsiderry and Watergate, or towards the rolling cliffs of Mawgan Porth and Bedruthan Steps.
Wash hearty fish and chips down with a cold Cornish ale at The Mermaid Inn, serving homecooked pub grub right on the sand. Mop up hummus with pitta, eyes on the sunset, at Estrella Morada Bar De Tapas. Just up the road from Porth you will find ‘The Pantry’ a local deli that makes fresh salads and sandwiches. Ice cream vans are also a familiar site during the summer months.
Dogs are welcome on Porth beach most of the year. There are restrictions between 10am and 6pm from July 1 to August 31.
Porth beach has level access and parking on the beach. Toilets are located near to the beach. RNLI Lifeguards are on duty between 10am and 6pm in peak months.