Porthcurno Beach

  • Porthcurno Beach - Cornwall
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  • Porthcurno Beach - Cornwall
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  • Porthcurno beach is a stunning spot that joins up with two others beaches at low tide to create an expanse of golden sand that runs all the way from the Minack Theatre to the Logan Rock. The clear turquoise water can be good for both swimming and surfing, although conditions are changeable and sometimes dangerous.

    There is easy access from a large car park.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs are banned from Easter to October.

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    • Swimming/bathing
    • Surfing


    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Toilets
    • First aid point
    • Lost child centre

    Nearest town



    TR19 6JU

    OS grid ref.

    SW 3876 2223


    Parking for around 100 cars is available. There is a fee for using the car park.

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Porthcurno Beach Reviews

    One of best I’m world

    Jul 20th 2022

    Travelled all round the world but this beach has got to be one of the best places in the world


    Jan 30th 2023

    Won’t be beaten in the UK. Simply the best as a Beach. Plus you are right near the Minack. Just wonderful. Keep an eye on the tide’s as you don’t want to get stuck on the rocks.

    Jul 14th 2022

    Surprised Porthcurno isn’t higher on the list. Maybe people favour those which are closer to home but this beach physically is in my opinion the only proper beach in the UK.