Holidays in Porth are all about a slightly slower pace than those of its bustling neighbours. Slap bang between Watergate Bay and Newquay, Porth’s location is a bit of a win-win with the best beaches, restaurants and surf conditions right on its doorstep. Known for its clean water and safe swimming, Porth Beach tucks into a sheltered bay so is easily accessed and more protected from the elements than most, which is perfect for families in search of relaxation and fun on the beach.

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With its fabulous position on the coast, Porth sits within a very short distance of the area’s best surf beaches, restaurants and attractions so whether for a short weekend away or an extended family holiday, it really is a lovely location for a Cornish break.

What is Porth Beach like?

Well known for its safe swimming, clean water and family-friendly atmosphere, Porth Beach is lifeguarded all year round. There are shallows that are perfect for tots and toddlers to splash around in and rock pools for exploring. Across the road from the beach is Roo’s Beach Hut, where visitors can stock up on fishing nets, buckets and suncream, while on the opposite side of the car park is Café Coast for cream teas and ice cream in the sunshine.

An excellent space for dog-walking, the beach imposes a seasonal dog ban between May and September. However, pooches are allowed on the beach during these months early in the morning (until 10:00am) and late in the evenings (after 6:00pm).

Where can I eat out near Porth Beach?

Nearby Watergate Bay boasts a formidable foodie scene, the newest of which being WAX Bar and Kitchen that has views over the bay, serves delicious light bites and has a range of drinks that include craft beers and cocktails. Enjoy Wagyu beef burgers, stone-baked pizzas or Brie wedges to the sound of the ocean in the background, all in a super relaxed atmosphere. The ever-popular Zacrys and Living Space at Watergate Bay Hotel are also well worth stopping in for a fabulous meal or a drink with a view.

Can I surf at Porth Beach?

While Porth Beach is great for bodyboarding sessions, if it’s big waves and the odd barrel, then head to nearby Newquay. Boasting some of the most famous surfing beaches in the UK, you have your pick of either Fistral Beach, Lusty Glaze, Tolcarne or Great Western. The consistent surfing conditions at Holywell Bay and Crantock (both slightly further afield but no more than 20 minutes drive away) are also a ‘must’ for a wave fix.

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