Porthcurno Beach has to be THE most beautiful beach in West Cornwall. It has Orange Roofs’ vote anyway. Soft white sand, turquoise sea, sheltered bathing and lounging as well as wonderful snorkelling, it has so much to offer. It’s a sight for very sore and in need of TLC eyes!
There is a large long-stay car park about 500 metres away from the beach and it’s a pleasant walk via a marked footpath. The car park is run by Cornwall Cornwall and is a pay and display using coins only (it does not accept payment by mobile). If you plan to stay between 2 and 4 hours, the cost is £5, up to 2 hours is £2.30. There are public loos at the bottom of the car park where the footpath starts to the beach. Your dog is very welcome all year round but with some summer restrictions. Between 1st July to 31st August, you can enjoy the beach with your dog either before 10 am or after 6 pm. There is no activity or water sports provider on the beach itself so do take any water sports equipment yourselves. There is a beach cafe a short walk from the beach which opens seasonally and also has a shop selling sun cream, sunglasses, sun hats, towels, bodyboards, wet suits, buckets, spades, flip flops and lots more!
RNLI Lifeguards are on the beach between May and September and outside of those times, we urge you to take great care. The sea shelves from the beach fairly steeply so can get deep quickly. You will often see a seal bobbing around too! During low tide, you may be able to walk around the headland to the neighbouring cove and then onto Pedn Vounder Beach but be careful not to get cut off by the returning tide or stuck on a sandbank.
In summary, Porthcurno Beach offers:
- Sandy beach
- Dog-friendly apart from summer restrictions
- RNLI Lifeguard May to September
- Seasonal beach cafes
- Public loos
- Large long stay car park (payment by coins)