Porthtowan is one of the UK's top surfing beaches, bordered by soft white sand and rolling dunes.
Blue Flag and Quality Coast Award Winner 2011
Southwest of St Agnes. From the A30 - At Chiverton Cross roundabout, take the turning for St Agnes (B 3277), past the Chiverton Arms and continue for about a mile. At the crossroads, turn left, then straight on at the next, toward Porthtowan. (If you miss the first turning there is another left about half a mile further on which takes you to the second crossroads). Continue on this road for about three miles until you see a signpost for Porthtowan Beach. Turn right. There is a large car park on the right close to the beach.
Swimming & Surfing
This is a quite exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the south-east with some shelter from south-west winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west-north-west. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Often Crowded. Hazards include rips, pollution and rocks.
Powerful, hollow beachbreak peaks if the sandbanks are good, plus a bit of wind protection in the southern corner. Consistent, often crowded, rippy and handles some swell, so not really suitable for beginners.
A number of shops, cafes and bars near the beach. A Lifeguard service operates daily from May to September. Toilets are located in the beach car park.
A large car park close to the beach
Dogs are banned on this beach from Easter Sunday until 30th September inclusive.
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