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.
Well known for its safe swimming, clean water and family-friendly atmosphere, Porth Beach which is lifeguarded all year round, has shallows which 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 sun cream 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 does impose a seasonal dog ban that runs 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).
Nearby Watergate Bay boasts a formidable foodie scene, the newest of which being WAX Bar and Kitchen which has great views over the bay, serves delicious light bites and has a range of drinks that include craft beers and cocktails. Enjoy Wagu 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 at for a fabulous meal or a drink with a view.
While Porth Beach is great for bodyboarding sessions, if you’re looking for big waves and the odd barrel then Cornwall’s surf capital at nearby Newquay is where it’s at. Boasting some of the area’s most famous surfing beaches you’ll have your pick of either Fistral Beach, Lusty Glaze, Tolcarne or Great Western. The consistent surfing conditions at Holywell Bay and Crantock (both of which are slightly further afield but no more than 20 minutes drive away), are also a must if you’re after a wave fix.
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