Porthcurno Beach lies on the South coast of Cornwall about 3 miles southeast of Land's End. The beach lies near the atmospheric Open Air Minack Theatre and is, in our opinion the best beach in Cornwall.
There are actually two beaches at Porthcurno, the west beach is larger and faces southeast. Quite sheltered it lies protected to the southwest by Minack Point and to the northeast by Percella Point. The eastern beach occupies the inlet of Daw Zawn between Pednvounder and Kite's Carn on Treen Cliff. The large headland to the east is Treryn Dinas, home of an ancient cliff castle and famous for its rocking or 'Logan Rock'. Pednvounder faces south and is probably the better beach to swim at. It is pronounced 'Penny Founder' by locals.
On a fine Summer's day, there is no better view in the whole of Cornwall than to stand on Treen Cliffs and look down into shallow turquoise water lapping over the golden sand of Pednvounder.
Both beaches consist of fine golden sand, the eastern beach, disappears completely at high tide.
In recent years both beaches have been visited by basking sharks, making quite a spectacle when they appear in the shallow water just off the beach.
All the usual facilities exist in the village behind Porthcurno beach which permits dogs out of Season. Pednvounder permits dogs all year round.
Places to visit whilst in the area include the Minack Theatre and the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. There are some excellent walks west along the coast path to Pedn-men-an-mere, Porth Chapel and St. Levan or south and east towards Penberth, Le Scathe and Porthguarnon.
Porthcurno itself can be quite busy in season but if you take the time to explore further you can literally find yourself as the only person on the coast path or amongst just a handful of others at some secluded 'secret' cove.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End
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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:
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