Porth Beach

In Brief

Suitable for: Families with young kids
Location: Eastern side of Newquay
Parking: Space for up to 60 cars. There is a fee
Dog friendly?: Yes, apart from the summer

Everyone who goes to Newquay goes to Fistral Beach, right? Wrong. The town has got much more in the way of sandy shores to offer than just the surfers’ paradise of Fistral. Porth Beach in Newquay is one of them. This is an awesome beach for families.

Porth sits on the eastern side of Newquay. This is more of a family beach than Fistral due to the space available and the gorgeous golden sands that make for great castle building. Plus, there are lots of safe bathing areas here and surfing is not permitted during the summer. Trevelgue Head, also known as Porth Island, is next to the beach and it’s worth a wander due to its Iron Age promontory fort site and the decent walks around it.

There’s level access to the fairly sheltered Porth Beach and there’s lifeguard cover during the summer. Dogs can also go on the sands, apart from during the summer. And, at low tide, plenty of rockpools are revealed so the kids can go exploring the local marine life that’s left behind. Finally, a handful of nearby coffee shops and a pub complete the Porth experience, meaning that families and visitors who just want to relax on fine sands can spend an entire sunny day on yet another fabulous Newquay beach offering.