The Beach Guide

Porthtowan Beach

Porthtowan Beach - Cornwall
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Porthtowan is a large sandy beach, backed by imposing cliffs, in the St Agnes Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. North-west-facing and popular with surfers, Porthtowan is a short walk from neighbouring Chapel Porth (the pair join up at low tide). There is a large car park, cafes, shops, a surf shop and toilets.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned between Easter and October.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Shop

    Nearest town



    TR4 8AW

    OS grid ref.

    SW 6915 4803

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Porthtowan Beach Reviews

    Aug 29th 2019

    Porthtowan Beach is a very special place, amazing views, good waves all year round and a great pub right on the edge of the sand

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