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Porthcressa beach, Cornwall

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

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.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Isles of Scilly, Sennen, Sennen Cove and Porthcurno.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowSt Just






Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowIsles of Scilly

	arrowHugh Town


	arrowSt Just


Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Isles of Scilly, Sennen, Porthcurno and St Just.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowTresco Abbey Gardens

Land's End

	arrowLegendary Land's End


	arrowPorthcurno Telegraph Museum

St. Just

	arrowLevant Mine and Beam Engine

	arrowPendeen Lighthouse




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