Porth Beach, Cornwall

NEWQUAY is the tourist hotspot for beaches in the UK with the Cornish town having 15 seaside hubs for all to enjoy.

While Fistral Beach remains the best of the bunch, Porth Beach is a worthy competitor and visited by thousands every year – but what makes it so attractive?

Why you should visit Porth Beach

Located north of the town and at the opposite end to Fistral Beach, Porth Beach joins it in being one of the most popular in Cornwall, as many flock to its golden, sandy shores.

And it is not hard to see why with its incredible views of Newquay Bay and its sheer size with a depth of over 750m from the hill at the back to the sea.

It makes it perfect for the even the busiest of times, allowing people – particularly families – the freedom and space to enjoy their day in the sun.

With loads of rocks and little inlets around, there is also plenty of areas to explore, along with the incredible scenery you can capture from Trevelgue Head and Glendorgal Headland on either side of Porth Beach.

And of course, it would not be a proper family day out without the dog with our four-legged pooches allowed onto the beach every day of the year – but they are banned between 10am and 6pm from May 15 to September 30.

Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be a beach in Newquay without good waves for surfing, with Porth Beach having a little something for everyone.

Porth Beach is an exceptional place to spend the day with the family with plenty of space and incredible scenery for all to enjoy (Bezzer101/Flickr)

How to get to Porth Beach

If you are visiting Porth Beach by car, you can park at the Lusty Glaze Beach Pay and Display on Lusty Glaze Road – however be wary that this also serves Newquay Beach so it can fill up quite quickly.

For those coming by public transport, there are plenty of buses that run past Porth Beach, with the 56 going from Padstow to Newquay town centre, while the 185 bus goes to Bodmin.

Newquay does have a train station but not only will you have to change at Par to get there from the likes of Plymouth and Penzance, but the beach is also a half-hour walk away.

Where to stay near Porth Beach

With the vast amount of beaches that are situated along the Newquay coast, most people stay in the local area when visiting – and there is nowhere closer to this particular seaside hub that Porth Beach Holiday Park.

The campsite is great if you have your own caravan, a tent or looking to use one of their holiday homes with the beach just metres away – and all from just £36 a night.

If a hotel is more your thing, The Beach House & Porth Sands Apartments has rooms available from £129 a night and you can even take your dog along with you – but make sure to inform the hotel beforehand.

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