Beaches & coves


5. Port Isaac & Port Quinn

Port Isaac beach can no longer be used as a car park.  There are various cafes, restaurants and pubs in the village.  Port Quinn, a small inlet harbour a few miles to the west is a beautiful walk, where there is a small National Trust car park.

No lifeguard’s. 

Refreshments, toilets & telephone available in Port Isaac.  Dogs allowed all year.


6. Polzeath
A large sandy beach, popular with families and surfers.  There is a quaint cove to the north called Pentireglaze Haven.  Level access to the beach, which doubles as the car park. At New Polzeath there are several steps. 

No dogs during the summer.  Summer lifeguards.  Refreshments available.


Play Safe! 
Tide and Beach Guides covering North Cornwall are available from the Visitor Centre.  Do not swim in the sea unless under the supervision of Lifeguards.  Excluding Polzeath, all of our beaches are covered at high tide, so visits need to be planned in advance. 

Tidal predictions for the next seven days are provided free of charge on the EasyTide website.


A map of dog friendly beaches in Cornwall is available here.

There are a few sandy beaches in the area. Please take care when bathing and supervise children.


1. Crackington Haven
A long stretch of sandy beach at low tide, between Boscastle and Bude with plenty of rock pools. There is good access from the road/car park.

Summer lifeguards.  Refreshments available.  Ample parking, toilets and telephone adjacent to the Beach.  Dogs allowed off season only.


2. Bossiney Haven
A few minutes drive along the road from Tintagel towards Boscastle. A beautiful hidden gem, this large sandy beach is accessible only at low tide via a footpath over farm land and steep man-made steps down the cliff.

No lifeguards. Some parking available. Toilets near the main road.  Dogs allowed all year. 


3. Trebarwith Strand
A long stretch of sandy beach with plenty of rock pools at low tide, just south of Tintagel. There is a large Cornwall Council  car park 5 minutes walk from the beach. A small drop-off point is available out of season. The Port William Inn pay and display car park is close to the beach, but has limited spaces.

Popular with surfers. Summer lifeguards.  Refreshments available. Ample parking, toilets open in the summer months, and telephone box near the Beach.  Dogs allowed all year.


4. Port Gaverne
Port Gaverne is a sheltered, narrow cove with plenty of sand at low tide. Popular with families as it has plenty of rock pools. Parking is limited, a new car par is available at the top of Port Isaac but it is a long walk.

No lifeguards. Dogs allowed all year.


Crackington Haven


Pentargon Waterfall


Minster Church

Bossiney Haven

Trebarwith Strand

Port Gaverne
Port Isaac & Port Quinn