Porthcurnick beach lies about half a mile north of Portscatho on the South coast of Cornwall and on the picturesque Roseland Peninsula.
Southeast-facing Porthcurnick is a small private beach, consisting of golden sand that all but disappears at high tide. It is situated below the hamlet of Rosevine, near the National Trust area of Pednvadan.
Although privately owned, access is permitted and there is a car park nearby. It can be reached by turning off the A3078 Tregony to St. Mawes road at Curgurrell. Incidentally, there is also another little known beach at Porthbean Beach a further ½ mile north of Porthcurnick. It can be reached by following the footpath opposite the Trewithian road.
Porthcurnick is relatively safe for swimming but care should be taken not to stray too far out as there is no lifeguard cover at the beach. Snorkelling can be good under the right weather conditions especially eastwards towards the headland of Pednvadan.
The use of inflatables and airbeds is not advised here and can be downright dangerous if any offshore wind is blowing.
Facilities include toilets, a small beach shop and café above the beach. At low tide a number of rock pools are uncovered which may be of interest to younger members of your group. All other facilities are to be found at Portscatho about a ⅓ mile (600m) away to the southwest.
Porthcurnick is a dog friendly beach with dogs permitted all year round.
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