The Beach Guide

Porthcressa Beach

Porthcressa Beach - Isles of Scilly

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Porthcressa is a golden sandy beach at the back of Hugh Town, the main town on St Mary's. There is a promenade above the beach, with a grassy area popular for picnics. Calm waters, sheltered on both sides by rocky outcrops, provide safe swimming and safe anchorage.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

Isles of Scilly dog friendly beaches »



  • Pub nearby

Nearest town

Hugh Town

OS grid ref.

SV 9028 1044