Padstow's Local Beaches

There are loads of beaches to choose from on the North Cornwall coast, each with its own character. You could pick a different beach every day or select a few favourites to suit your interests. Here are some of the best local beaches you should visit during your stay.

Trevone Bay

Trevone Beach Holiday Cottages

Only five minutes by car from Padstow, Trevone is one of the most convenient local beaches for our visitors. It’s a gorgeous beach with fine golden sand so it’s perfect for family days at the beach. It’s also great for rock pooling and there’s a tidal pool for safe swimming. There’s a very good café in the beach car park, which serves tasty snacks and lunchtime meals.
Facilities: Car park, toilets, café, shop
Lifeguards: 10am-6pm, mid May until the end of Sept
Dogs: Allowed all year, except 10am-6pm during the summer months
Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Trevone+Bay/

Harlyn Bay

Beaches-Near-Padstow-Harlyn

Harlyn beach is a lovely sandy beach that attracts a mixed crowd of families, dog walkers and surfers. The lifeguard patrolled beach is a safe place to swim, although it can get very crowded when the waves are good. Harlyn is one of the best places to learn to surf near Padstow and there’s an excellent surf school based at the beach. A takeaway food van operates from the car park most days.
Facilities: Car park, toilets, food van
Lifeguards: 10am-6pm, early May until the end of Sept, plus Easter and Oct half term
Dogs: Allowed all year
Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Harlyn+Bay+Beach/

Constantine Bay

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This is another stunning beach with golden sand, dunes and dramatic scenery down the coast to the Trevose Head lighthouse. As one of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches, Constantine attracts wave riders of all types. But on calmer days it is a beautiful spot for a picnic and for paddling in the shallows. The northern end of the beach is known as Booby’s Bay and has some fantastic rock pools to explore at low tide. The takeaway café does excellent snacks and hot drinks.
Facilities: Limited car parking, takeaway café, shop nearby
Lifeguards: 10am-6pm, early May until the end of Sept, plus Easter and Oct half term
Dogs: Allowed all year
Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Constantine+Bay+Carpark/

Treyarnon Bay

This small beach is only a short walk from Constantine. Another sandy beach, it’s popular with day-tripping families for the waves and large plunge pool in the rocks. It’s a lovely spot for a picnic or evening barbecue when the sun sets over the sea. Lunchtime meals are available at the café in the youth hostel. There’s also a beachside shack offering snacks, drinks and ice creams.
Facilities: Car park, toilets, café, snack shack
Lifeguards: 10am-6pm, early May until the end of Sept
Dogs: Allowed all year
Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Treyarnon+Bay/

Porthcothan Bay

The beautiful sandy cove at Porthcothan Bay in Cornwall

The beautiful sandy cove at Porthcothan Bay in Cornwall

Laid-back Porthcothan is one of North Cornwall’s scenic treasures. This rugged Cornish cove has dramatic rock formations, caves and rock pools to explore. At high tide, the sea floods up the narrow beach making it a great playground for swimmers and watersports enthusiasts. There’s a shop here for essential beach supplies such as pasties and ice creams.
Facilities: Car park, toilets, shop
Lifeguards: 10am-6pm, mid May until the end of Sept
Dogs: Allowed all year
Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Porthcothan+Beach/

Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth Beach

Mawgan Porth is another stunning, sandy beach backed by sand dunes and enclosed by high cliffs. It can get very busy at the head of the beach on warm sunny days, but there’s always space if you are prepared to walk further down the beach. The waves here can be excellent and it’s a good place to learn to surf with the local surf school. There are plenty of food choices at Mawgan Porth including pasties, sandwiches, pizzas and fish and chips.
Facilities: car park, toilets, showers, shops, café, takeaways, pub
Lifeguards: 10am-6pm, early May until the end of Sept, plus Easter and Oct half term
Dogs: Allowed all year
Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mawgan+Porth/

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay

Trendy Watergate Bay is one of the area’s best and most popular surf beaches. It’s a two-mile-long sandy beach backed by high cliffs. Space on the sand can get tight at high tide, but there’s loads of room when the sea goes out. It’s well worth a stroll to the ends of the beach where there are beautiful rock pools, caves and arches to be explored. Surfboards can be hired here and there’s also a surf school for learning the basics of wave-riding. You won’t go hungry at this beach as there are numerous restaurants and takeaways.
Facilities: Car park, toilets, restaurants, takeaways, pub
Lifeguards: 10am-6pm, early May until the end of Sept, plus Easter and Oct half term
Dogs: Allowed all year
Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Watergate+Beach/

Hawkers Cove

Beaches Near Padstow Hawkers-Cove

Thanks to its north-facing position, Hawkers Cove is generally sheltered from the wind and swell making it a lovely calm beach to visit most of the time. Located only a short distance from Padstow, this sandy beach has a relaxed vibe and amazing views across the Camel Estuary. There are no facilities at the beach, besides a car park, so you’ll have to bring your own picnic. Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round and it’s a lovely walk from the town and onwards along the coast path to Stepper Point.
Facilities: Car park
Lifeguards: No
Dogs: Allowed all year
Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hawker’s+Cove,+Padstow/

Daymer Bay

Beaches Near Padstow Daymer Bay

On the other side of the estuary sits Daymer Pay. This beautiful curved beach is popular with watersports enthusiasts and dog walkers, as it’s dog-friendly all year. On a calm day, it’s a great place to visit with little ones as the waves tend to be a lot smaller than the exposed north coast beaches. Although there is parking at the beach, it’s best to visit Daymer Bay via the Padstow to Rock ferry followed by a short walk along the shore. There are shops and cafés in Rock and a small beach shop at Daymer itself.
Facilities: Car park, toilets, shop
Lifeguards: No
Dogs: Allowed all year
Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Daymer+Bay+Car+Park./

Polzeath

Polzeath Beach in Cornwall web

A little further north is the exclusive beach resort of Polzeath. Although it’s a long drive around the estuary from Padstow, it’s worth a visit to this spectacular Cornish beach especially if you like surfing. There are usually good waves here and you can hire boards and take a surf lesson with several operators at the beach. There’s plenty of car parking space, plus a variety of cafés and restaurants for a lunchtime treat.
Facilities: Car park, toilets, restaurants, café, shops
Lifeguards: 10am-6pm, early May until the end of Sept, plus Easter and Oct half term
Dogs: Allowed all year, except 10am-6pm during the summer months
Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Polzeath+Beach+Car+Park/

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