Porthcothan Bay Beach

Porthcothan Bay Beach Picture 1

Image by Adam Gibbard - supplied by Visit Cornwall


See Padstow Tide Times (Approximate)

  • Dogs are permitted on the beach All Year.

Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015 - excellent water quality

Porthcothan beach is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes popular for sunbathing and a favourite with families.  The sandy beach opens out at low tide, connecting up with small coves to the north and south and at high tide the beach becomes very sheltered from swell and winds due to the cliffs.

Swimming and board sports are on offer in a sheltered sea with water quality that is routinely checked and currently approved by DEFRA.  It is located south of Constantine Bay with the nearest village St Merryn only ten minutes drive away. The coast path gives splendid views to both the north and the south as well as displaying a variety of wildlife.

Parking, shops and toilet facilities are close by with beach level access.

Surfers find Porthcothan to be a quiet surf spot and normally no decent consistent surf. Will work from low to mid tide and breaks on sand banks producing lefts and rights. Suitable for beginners. Dangers: Rocks, occasional bad rips on spring tides, surfable at low to mid tide. Wind: E/SE offshore

Lifeguards patrol this beach from late May until the end of September. You are advised to always check beach conditions before your visit and always follow the lifeguards advice whilst on the beach. Current beach conditions and lifeguard cover can be checked on www.beachlifeguards.org.uk

Porthcothan is a dog friendly beach, with no seasonal dog ban. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.


  • Parking.
  • Toilets.
  • Lifeguard cover (Spring/Summer).

Information supplied by Visit Cornwall