Minnis Bay

Minnis Bay is a safe and secluded sandy bay with separate areas for swimming and watersports. Plenty of facilities, including a well-equipped children’s area. Coastal cycle and walking routes are clearly marked at the entrance to the beach. Popular for windsurfing and kite surfing. Served by an open-top bus in summer.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog ban from 1st May through to 30th September

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

TR 2871 6971

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Blue Flag Award

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Minnis Bay Reviews

Fab for the family

Jul 14th 2020

Make sure you check the tides before settling down on the beach!
When the tide’s not high this is an amazing family beach.  Tons of space on this sandy beach.  Perfect for kids and when the tide is low its ideal for paddling with small children.  Great for sandcastle building and burying siblings

Lovely day out full of fun

Aug 23rd 2019

Wow what a fabulous day out. Free parking was a great start! Started with fishing in the rock pools, we caught lots of little fish (still trying to work out what they were!) shrimps, and crabs - all different sizes! We all totally loved it. Wouldn’t go into the bathing pool bit without anything on your feet though cos it’s full of released crabs! ????

Then we spent the rest of the day building sand castles. Watch out cos when the tide is coming back, it’s very fast and catches you out easily! 3 active and very observant life guards on duty today. They were actually excellent. Toilets by all the food places and a lone loo by the crabs and rock pools. A play park on the green andots of places to eat or get an ice cream.
Clean, sandy beach with tons of lovely shells. Lots of seaweed, which got a bit pongy! But together a fabulous day out which was very cheap! Always a bonus.

Aug 12th 2019

Flat, Sandy, Safe, rockpools, swimming, life guards,

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