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Porthcurno Beach

Get to the bottom of the hit-and-miss path to Porthcurno, and you’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled into the Mediterranean - steeply shelving powder-fine sand, an almost luminous blue sea and cliffs sheltering you from the sea breezes.

4 Stars

Sep 2017

Mrs Sommerville

Stunning beach with mesmerizing waves crashing onto the rocks at high tide. Go out of season on a warm day in September and its not so crowded.

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5 Stars

Apr 2016

Mr Ward

Fantastic beach and landscape, the Telegraph museum is also worth a visit at this cove.

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3 Stars

Aug 2015

Mitcy Dupres

Beautiful, but...

The best part of the beach was looking down at it from above. On a sunny day you could easily be forgiven for believing that you were in the Mediterranean, the beautiful sand and crystal clear waters are mesmerising.
However, the beach is shell sand, it sticks to you and can be sharp in places. The beach also shelves very steeply. It doesn't take long to be out of your depth and children to be out of sight. There are also parts along the shore that become cut off at high tide. You really need to keep an eye on your children, especially if they are the adventurous type.
If you don't like crowded beaches, this is certainly not the place for you and if you want to get a decent pitch you need to turn up early. Have plenty of change for the car park as the local shop will not help you out.

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5 Stars

Aug 2013

Mr Scott

Best Beach In The UK

Porthcurno beach has to be the best beach in the UK, You would think you were in the med!! Parking limited so be early to get a space and £5.70 for a day, Lifeguards did a great job watching over our little children, A must see for anyone in the area..

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5 Stars

Aug 2012

Porthcurno beach absolutely stunning and well worth a visit. We spent 3 afternoons there. The view from the top is breathtaking and you could well believe you were in the Med.

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5 Stars

Oct 2011

Ms Savage

AB FAB

Absolutely fabulous beach ........gorgeous!

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5 Stars

Jun 2011

Mr Powell

Porthcurno Beach

With easy access along a well worn path from the car park Porthcurno Beach is truly beautiful. There is a tricky old path up to the Minack Theatre on one side but the short steep ascent is well worth making. A path up over the other side of the beach leads to a wonderful walk along the entire length of Porthcurno Beach (and further if you wish). Heed the warnings from the local coastguards - these people really do understand the local conditions.

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5 Stars

Oct 2008

Mr Gray

Fantastic beach

This is an awesome beach, with deep soft sand which sticks to you and stays in the car for weeks! The whole bay from Logans Rock to Minack Rock is the most extraordinarily tropical blue-green, and the beach, being south facing, is a perfect sun-trap. Porthcurno has a large car park where you can normally find spaces even during the peak season. It's worth reiterating that the beach is steeply-shelving: an adult can walk 6 paces into the sea and be out of their depth, so do keep an extra eye out for young children.

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5 Stars

Aug 2008

This is a stunningly beautiful beach. It isn't right for surfers, and shelves deeply. (There is a lifeguard in summer, during the day) Perfect for a picnic on a warm summer's evening.

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5 Stars

Jul 2008

Beach

This is a lovely sandy beach which shelves quite steeply. When the tide is out you can walk round to the Logan Rock.

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