A sheltered stretch of golden sand flanked by dramatic cliffs, Mawgan Porth provides a peaceful haven for families and water sport enthusiasts looking to make the most of the laid-back Cornish lifestyle. With Padstow and Newquay just a short drive away, this charming cove is the perfect choice for a relaxing Cornish getaway.

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Did you know? A local’s guide to Mawgan Porth holidays…


Holidays in Mawgan Porth are all about laid-back beach days, and adventure along the rugged north Cornish coast. The village of Mawgan Porth lies midway between Padstow and Newquay, with the beautiful South West Coast Path linking all three and showcasing unsurpassed views of the coast from points along the way so is perfect for everyone who enjoys the outdoors.

What is Mawgan Porth Beach like?

Mawgan Porth’s golden stretch of sand is the perfect escape for families with little explorers in tow. Fun-filled days will be spent playing in the waves, discovering caves and rock pools that are exposed at low tide. Water sport enthusiasts will be in their element, with the famous Atlantic swell on offer.

Mawgan Porth beach faces the same direction as its better known big brother Fistral beach which enables it to attract some of the best surf Cornwall has to produce so for surfing enthusiasts it doesn’t get much better. Kingsurf  Surf School which is based right on the beach offers lessons to visitors of all abilities as well as equipment hire making it easy for everyone to hit the waves.

Where can I eat out in Mawgan Porth?

The Falcon Inn
A quintessentially traditional country pub, the popular 16th century Falcon Inn is located in the idyllic village of St Mawgan and offers a range of elevated British pub classics all served in its terrific beer garden or inside.

Catch Seafood Bar and Grill
Situated right on the beach, this stylish beach house restaurant is a well-known hub for locals and visitors alike, serving excellent seafood and drink within metres from the beach.

Beach Box Cafe
Open all year round and right on the beach, visitors can enjoy fresh Smoothies and Smoothie bowls, Toasties, Barista Coffee and delicious cakes served all day. They also make their own fresh Gelato which is after all, what everyone wants when they visit the beach!

The Merrymoor Inn
Right opposite Mawgan Porth beach and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with dishes created from locally sourced produce. It also offers a well stocked bar serving a range of drinks including local cask ales.

The Travellers Rest
About a mile from Mawgan Porth is the 18th Century Travellers Rest. Serving homemade food and real ales this family run pub offers a warm, relaxing welcome to all. Its outdoor play area makes it a hit with families, and couples can dine in the adults only area if preferred.

What can I do in Mawgan Porth?

Besides its main attraction (the beach of course!), Mawgan Porth is exceptionally well-located for visitors to experience all that the area offers. Surrounded by some of Cornwall’s most scenic walks, the South West Coastal Path which meanders all the way to Watergate Bay is a great way to take in the gorgeous coastal scenery.

The pretty, unspoiled village of St Mawgan lies less than 2 miles away and with its beautiful old church and lovely village green, offers a tranquil atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. The village also boasts a Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery with incredible landscaping, koi ponds and bonsai trees making it perfect for days out with the family.

The renowned surfing beach at Watergate Bay is a short drive away and is fabulous for dog walking, swimming, water sports. It also has a choice of fabulous restaurants like The Hut and Zaccry’s .Newquay’s terrific surf beaches including Fistral, Crantock and Tolcarne are also within easy distance and definitely worth a visit. These nearby beaches are well served by a range of cafes and restaurants from relaxed beach food to high-end gastronomic experiences.

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