Sand dunes at the top of the beach give way to a long seemingly narrow beach with cliffs on each side. A shallow stream divides the beach down its length at low tide. At high tide nearly all the beach is covered but there is shelter in the low dunes at the back of the beach. A popular beach with families.
The bay can be found to the south of Treyarnon Bay, on the road (B3276) towards the Airport and Mawgan Porth and Newquay.
Swimming & Surfing
Porthcothan is normally associated with good and consistent surf, it is more for sun-bathing or swimming. It is unwise to swim at low tide as the area is no longer sheltered by the headlands and dangerous currents are created.
Lifeguard from 21st May to 25th September.
Shop, public telephone and toilets are near the entrance to the beach.
Pay and Display from 0900 to 1800. Free parking after 1800. 174 tarmaced spaces.
Dogs allowed all year around.
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