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Portreath Beach  



Portreath beach is a popular family beach, with mainly golden sands with some shingle. To the east the harbour wall backs the beach, and to the west are cliffs. A stream runs through the middle of the beach. Along the harbour wall you will find lots of rock pools to explore.


Popular for surfing, Portreath beach is divided into two distinct experience levels. Near the harbour wall is for experienced surfers only as the reef break here produces a powerful wave, the Vortex. The area in front of the beach is good for all levels of ability.
Portreath Harbour is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site ‘Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape’, and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which stretches west to Godrevy Point.

Portreath beach has lifeguards during the summer months that patrol each and everyday, from morning till dusk, so you can feel very safe if you fancy a swim. Please be sure to observe the flags, and the beach safety code.

Nearby Beaches


Bassets Cove (1.3m)


Greenbank Cove (2.0m)


Porthtowan Beach (3.1m)


Chapel Porth Beach (3.8m)


Fishing Cove (4.2m)


Godrevy Beach (5.2m)


Gwithian Beach (5.5m)


Trevaunance Cove (6.0m)


Beach Specifics


Beach Type Parking Facilities


Car park on the beach

Lifeguard Service Facilities

RNLI Lifeguard cover from May to October.

Cafe, shops and toilets. First aid post as well

as a lost child centre.

Dog Friendly ? Disabled Access

Dog ban between April and October.

Disabled parking. Ramp access to the beach.

Sand chair hire. Toilets


OS Grid Reference - SW 65375 45277

X (Easting) : Y (Northing) - 165375 : 045277

Postcode (nearest) TR16 4NW

Grid Reference (6 figure) - SW653452

Latitude : Longitude : 50.260760 : -5.2932429



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