Porthcothan Bay Beach – Popular sheltered family beach

Porthcothan Bay Beach

Porthcothan Bay Beach

Porthcothan Bay Beach

West facing and backed by grassy dunes, ideal for sunbathing. At low tide the beach opens out, connecting up with small coves to the north and south and at high tide the beach becomes very sheltered from swell and winds due to the cliffs.

A popular beach with families, Porthcothan Bay Beach is not a high profile surfing destination due to its shelter. It is located south of Constantine Bay. The nearest village is St Merryn which is only a ten-minute drive away. The coast path gives splendid views to both the north and the south as well as displaying a variety of wildlife. Facilities are at hand and access is good from the beach level road and car park behind the beach. Good marine wildlife.

Porthcothan Bay Beach Surfing Information
Porthcothan is a quiet surf spot and is normally not associated with decent consistent surf. Will work from low to mid tide and breaks on sandbanks producing lefts and rights. Suitable for beginners. Dangers: Rocks, occasional bad rips on spring tides, surfable at low to mid-tide. Wind: E/SE offshore

Porthcothan Bay Beach Lifeguard Information
Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach from May 21st until September 30th. Please note: The lifeguard information was accurate at the time of entry. You are advised to always check beach conditions before your visit and always heed the lifeguard’s advice whilst on the beach. Current beach conditions and lifeguard cover can be checked on the link below.


  • Car park
  • Toilets (opposite beach entrance)
  • Shop nearby
  • Seaside Award 2006 for clean, safe and well managed beaches

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