Porthcressa, sometimes written Porth Cressa, is a fine beach located on the southwest coast of St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly.
South facing, this long crescent of pale golden sand is sheltered by the Garrison and Morning Point to the west and Carn Mahael and Peninnis Head to the east.
Porthcressa is probably the most popular beach on St. Mary's and offers deckchairs, windbreaks and rowing boats in season. There is a Tourist Information Centre here and an excellent cafe in Dibble and Grub.
The area has recently undergone improvements as part of the Porthcressa regeneration Project.
Porthcressa Beach is a popular spot with visitors and locals alike for sunbathing, swimming and generally relaxing.
In short it is a great place just to sit and watch the world go by.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Tourist information
✘ Seasonal dog ban
OS Explorer Map 101: Isles of Scilly
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: